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What treats did you make for Halloween? Share your recipes with Flora and you could win a £200 John Lewis voucher NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 25-Oct-13 12:52:40

Flora have asked us to find out about Mumsnetters’ favourite Halloween themed recipes.

Here's what Flora have to say, "With Halloween and half term coming up, it’s a great time for making treats with your children. We’d love to hear about your favourite recipes for Halloween treats.“

So what are your favourite Halloween treat recipes? Do you make an impressive spooky sponge? Or maybe you prefer a classic pumpkin pie? Are you an expert at making creepy cookies?

Have you seen any Halloween creations you wish you could make? What has inspired you to get creative this Halloween?

Whatever your favourite Halloween recipes are, Flora would love to hear them. Please post links/pictures/descriptions of your favourite Halloween creation on this thread.

Everyone who posts on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £200 John Lewis voucher.

Please note your comments may be included on Flora's social media channels, and possibly elsewhere, so please only post if you're comfortable with this.

Thanks and good luck,


hollow out a pumpkin - then throw all the insides away because no one really thinks you are big n clever for making pumpkin soup and it tastes a bit shit

next make up green jelly leave to cool a bit, put sweets in the jelly

put jelly in pumpkin and leave to set

when the kids come to the door trick or treating, you tell them that they have to delve into the monster brains to get the sweets

cue much jelly squishing

and parents doing this hmm

PervCat Fri 25-Oct-13 12:59:31

i agree
a bit lame

My favourite halloween recipe is a mojito

PervCat Fri 25-Oct-13 12:59:44

...with flora

see what I did there ?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 25-Oct-13 13:05:04

Not tried it yet but it looks great!

Tie a load of drinking straws together, put in a pint glass then pour jelly into them. Once set, lift the straws (the jelly should slide out apparently - we'll see!) and viola - jelly worms!

I want another go - enter me twice...oh oer missus

bendy straws in a thinnish tall glass so they are packed tightly - or hold together with elastic band

pour in RED jelly

leave to set

run straws under warm water

the jelly plops out and looks like worms

shit - you not

Olives make perfect mouldy eyeballs, especially when piped with cream cheese and a pepper corn as the pupil.

Or just make what you usually make but put loads of green, black or orange food colouring in and turn it into instant halloween food.

LentilAsAnyFUCKERthing Sat 26-Oct-13 00:30:31

I've just bought some cookie cutters with hallowe'en themes (pumpkin, ghost etc), so we will make some cookies with pumpkins.
And maybe an easy pumpkin soup. We don't go crazy with hallowe'en, it's never been that important to me. Maybe this will change, DS is still only young.

pumpkin soup with seasoning salt stock and lentils onion it is simple and sooo warm. so when I have to walk round freezing my bits off on Halloween I can warm my hands and self with soup grin.

hellmouth your pumpkin dipping brain idea is genius, plus it May annoy that many parents that no-one comes next year and I get to eat the sweets. kids would like me, parents would hate me and id get the spare chocolate result all round!

Halloween mash is always a hit, green food colouring to make monster mash then a monster face with whatever we have in the house. or if your really keen to push vegetable eating monster mash with brocolli squished in grin haha

CMOTDibbler Sun 27-Oct-13 08:35:53

Ds has decided that I am having a late birthday party with spooky food, so I'm doing:

trifle made with choc cake (dollop of black food colour gel to make it black), custard turned orange, then jelly spiders on top of the cream.

orange peppers with pumpkin faces carved in, stuffed with mince, rice, herbs, onions, and tomato sauce on top

black rice noodles for me, squid ink pasta for the others with olive oil and seafood

maybe some spooky cupcakes if I can be doing with decorating them

giant sweetie spiders made with giant marshmallows, strawberry bootlaces, fried egg sweets for eyes

YukonHo Sun 27-Oct-13 08:39:37

Hahn Custy, I was about to list the same recipe! Except I it extra gelatin, some cream and a few drops of green food dye in as it makes them properly worm coloured! They're fab! (Mine never plop out with warm water, but you can squeeeeeeze the most with a rolling pin!!)

BlackberrySeason Sun 27-Oct-13 13:40:51

Orange jelly, Halloween cupcakes - could even bake with Flora wink

dahville Sun 27-Oct-13 16:20:41

We had a Halloween challenge one year where the meal had to consist of foods coloured green, black, orange.

I can't post a photo so here is the description: We had tapenade on toast, red wine (from Green & Black's) stew with an apricot & prune sauce, aduki beans, turtle beans, runner beans, carrots, and orange pepper. We also had roasted potatoes which had an orangey-red skin.

3bunnies Sun 27-Oct-13 16:25:02

Chipolatas wrapped in strips of puff pastry to look like mummies, baked bean brains, one year I found purple potatoes which I mashed and made into hand shapes.

We also do green slime jelly with Halloween sweets!

AndHarry Mon 28-Oct-13 16:13:39

I love the monster brains and worms!

I'm afraid we do the standard biscuits inexpertly decorated by my toddler with globs of orange and black icing, liquorice 'spider legs', Smarties and glitter. They are truly gruesome grin

Make jelly with lychees in- they look and feel like eyeballs!

ShatnersEmptyCatacomb Tue 29-Oct-13 12:41:30

I hand out tubs of Flora to trick or treaters.

Beat that!

Tinlegs Tue 29-Oct-13 12:57:43

On the jelly theme, I made jelly in a rubber glove once. It peeled off perfectly to give a dead hand. I decorated it a bit to look mouldy. Voila - dead hand jelly.....Perhaps to be combined with the worms above.

BoyGirlBoy3 Tue 29-Oct-13 12:59:57

I'm loving this cake that Jamie Olivers wife, Jools Oliver made! Photograph shown here on Instagram smile

unadulterateddad Tue 29-Oct-13 13:38:05

drawing scary pictures on satsumas to pretend they are baby pumpkins - goes down really well and edible too !

very popular in the holiday club lunch box too- dead easy smile

ShatnersEmptyCatacomb Tue 29-Oct-13 13:40:59

I love that idea, unadulterateddad. Very sweet smile

Theimpossiblegirl Tue 29-Oct-13 13:41:10

We are probably a bit boring but use a basic fairy cake recipe and then decorate them for Halloween- coloured icing, writing icing, eyeball sweets etc.

110g flora, softened at room temperature
110g caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk (optional but we like it)

Mix, split into 12 Halloween cases and bake at 180 for about 10 minutes (slightly less if fan oven).

If you want more cakes, just double up.

DziezkoDisco Tue 29-Oct-13 14:27:26

We do the old spaghetti as inards, grapes as eyeballs, jelly as just general body mush. And satsumas with pipecleaners as spider legs.

Indith Tue 29-Oct-13 15:29:15

I like making chocolate or fondant mice in silicone trays using strawberry laces to give them long tails. I have some new lego mini figure trays so might try making lego man biscuits and decorating them as skeletons, zombies etc this year.

I halve a gem squash, scoop out the seeds and fill the hollow with a mixture of sour cream and chive, creamed corn, spring onions and yellow pepper. Looks like a scalped head with brains spilling out and tastes "bloody" gorgeous!

wonkylegs Tue 29-Oct-13 15:42:32

Toffee Apple Cake
Regular sponge cake recipe the add a finely chopped apple to the mix + 1 generous teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix
Cook in oven like a sponge but usually for about 10mins more (I do mine in a loaf pan but could be round)
When you take it out of the oven immediately put chopped toffees and chocolate on top so that it melts to form a crust on the cooling cake.
We added little white chocolate stars and dark chocolate spiders to complete the Halloween theme.

Fry cardomom, cumin, turmeric, curry powder and garlic. Soften onion. Add 1/2" cubes of pumpkin plus other veg like courgette, pepper. Stir through risotto rice then ladle in stock.

Amounts depend on how many people, but 1/2tsp each of the spices/1 small pumpkin/1 onion/mug of rice+pint of stock does 2 meals for us 2 adults plus dustbin 1yo!

Tanfastic Tue 29-Oct-13 16:56:10

Last year I made chocolate cupcakes with liquorice laces as legs (they were a bugger to find) and made spider cupcakes. Ds wasn't that impressed actually, doubt ill bother this year!

BoysWillGrow Tue 29-Oct-13 17:41:20

oh i am so copying hellmouthcusty's jelly in the pumpkin idea

DoItTooJulia Tue 29-Oct-13 18:02:58

How do I post a picture?

Spirael Tue 29-Oct-13 18:55:08

We do gingerbread cut into spooky shapes (bats, etc) and decorated appropriately. The gingerbread is ideal for cutting into shapes, as well as nice and warming as the nights draw in.

It also starts to hark towards Christmas being round the corner after Halloween, when we get the Christmas cutters out instead!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Tue 29-Oct-13 18:57:53

I bake my usual oaty cookie recipe, but with extra cinnamon or spices and some orange food colouring, then ice on pumpkin faces, so they look a bit like mini pumpkins if you squint a bit and use your imagination.

We've made cheese straws to look like amputated fingers before. Almonds make good finger nails and tomato purée is pretty convincing as blood. Served with a bloody ketchup dip.

Onykahonie Tue 29-Oct-13 19:02:59

My kids love helping to make Cheesy Eyeballs and Witches Fingers...Flora works really well in the recipe too!

RubySparks Tue 29-Oct-13 19:42:09

Ginger dead men! Got a new cutter that puts the imprint of a skeleton onto the ginger dead man.... Then just decorate.

Make red jelly and blackcurrant jelly separately. Squash them up and mix, then add a load of gummy worms for leeches.

We used to stuff popcorn into those gloves you get with hair dye, to make warty hands to decorate the table with.

And dead men's fingers, with hotdog sausages and an almond flake for a fingernail.

Fairy cakes with spider web icing.

LonelyGoatherd Tue 29-Oct-13 19:53:34

Add fudge to apple pie to give it a toffee apple flavour. Easy and yum!

Serve pumpkin soup in hollowed out pumpkin, with breadsticks (aka corpse fingers).

Voodoo doll biscuits - use gingerbread man cutters.

BigGapMum Tue 29-Oct-13 20:57:28

Very boringly we are just making gingerbread cookies, cut into pumpkin lantern shapes with a Halloween cutter. To be decorated by 5 year old DS any way he sees fit.

Loving the jelly filled pumpkin idea, and also drawing a pumpkin lantern on a Satsuma.

I sound a bit pumpkin obsessed...

Dancealot Tue 29-Oct-13 20:58:02

Green soup- either broccoli or pea makes a great witch's potion. I also add bread croutons and tell the children they are crusty witch's toenails that have been added to the potion.

GoldenHares Tue 29-Oct-13 21:41:23

Making pizzas with 'spider web cheese.' Basically just thinly cheese sprinkled cheese in spider webby shape.

Bogey jelly - lime jelly. That's it.

Dirt Cup cakes. Cup cakes topped with icing and crumbled up Oreos. Can use Flora in cup cake recipe.

I try and trick my kids into eating something healthy as well as all the crap they have on Halloween so do some chopped up raw veg and make a tomato based soup & buttered pitta and give it a vaguely spooky name and hope they are duped.

sharond101 Tue 29-Oct-13 21:47:08

We do regular toffee apples, cupcakes with spiderweb icing and some kind of fruit punch with floating scary things like jelly worms.

The cupcakes recipe is here,

Last year we made punch from cranberry juice, lemonade and sherbet so it had froth which we added some popping candy ontop of.

BlathAarghZombieBite Tue 29-Oct-13 22:07:37

Every year DS asks me to make mini pumpkins. I hollow out oranges, carve in a face and then fill them with jelly that I set in a bowl and chopped up. He loves them.

Hot dog sausages wrapped in croissant dough/puff pastry and baked also make good Mummies

HootyMcOwlface Wed 30-Oct-13 03:32:21

I don't normally do Halloween, but a few years ago I made some half green/half purple fairy cakes, so a dollop of each colour in the cases, then I used icing pens to write spooky messages and draw crap pictures of witches. My family ate them but I suspect they were just being polite.

VestaCurry Wed 30-Oct-13 05:09:54

Last year I made chocolate truffle eyeballs which took ages and were gone in 30 seconds.

aristocat Wed 30-Oct-13 15:23:02

We love making witches' fingers and make cupcakes with orange icing and a spiders web iced on to them. I did make a broccoli soup (last year) which was a fabulous shade of green smile

Add some eyeballs to a jug of squash to make the children squeal.

DoItTooJulia Wed 30-Oct-13 22:00:31

Yup, we do witches fingers. Almonds and pastry, I saw the recipe in the Sainsburys magazine.

Mummys...Veggie sausages, frankfurter kind, wrapped in a long strip of pastry so it looks like bandages.

Last year I made a spherical cake and iced it to look like a pumpkin.

I love a good reason to get baking!

rootypig Thu 31-Oct-13 12:21:21

Meringue ghosts! really easy. Make an American meringue with cornflour (beat egg whites til soft peaks, add 1oz caster sugar for every egg white used, add the sugar very gradually, beat until stiff and glossy, then add a touch of vinegar to stabilise the mix, and some cornflour) then spoon into ghost shapes (essentially a blob with a smaller, point blob on top) on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in a very low oven (130) until crisp outside and chewy inside. Pipe on chocolate ghosty faces when cooled.

Or peel satsumas and use a chunk of green apple as a pumpkin stalk, much easier grin

lilyloo Thu 31-Oct-13 16:19:30

We have made some ghost lollipops to give out tonight. Cut out a circle of white icing and drape over lollipops. Black iced eyes.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 31-Oct-13 17:31:40

Make jelly and before it sets put it into drinking straws. Once set slice straw open and you have jelly worms.

I also like making normal cupcakes and doing spooky icing, so skeleton cupcakes, spider cupcakes, cobweb ones.

Cathpot Thu 31-Oct-13 17:35:04

Spook up an apple cake- standard apple cake recipe- 8 diced apples., 8oz flour sugar butter or flora..... , 4 eggs. Once in the tin, thinly slice apples to make spooky eye shapes and spikey teeth. Lay on top of cake and bake

VivaLeBeaver Thu 31-Oct-13 17:41:42

Graveyard worm cupcakes

For the cakes,

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder (i use cadbury bourneville)
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter (essential that it is at room temperature)
120ml whole milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
a 12-hole cupcake tray,lined with paper cases

Preheat the oven to 170C(325F)Gas 3
Out the flour ,cocoa powder,sugar,baking powder,salt and butter in a free standing electric mixer with paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk)and beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consitency and everything is combined.

Whisk the milk,egg,and vanilla extract together in a jug ,then slowly pour about half into the flour mixture,beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high speed (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula).Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes,or until the sponge bounces back when touched.A skewer inserted in the center should come out clean.Leave the cupcakes to coll slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

When cakes are cool ice with chocolate butter icing.

Then crush up some Oreos and dip the cakes upside down in the crumbs.

Then get some fudge and roll small bits into worms. Arrange on top of the cakes so they look like worms poking through the crumbs/soil.

CMOTDibbler Thu 31-Oct-13 17:44:00

I made pumpkin cakepops last night - choc cake in my Lakeland cake pop machine, a stalk from fruitella fruit strip, coated in orange candy melt. Pumpkin face put on with melted choc off a toothpick.

In the end I did the sweetie spiders with a tunnocks teacake as the body and half a mini marshallow for each eye.

Cremolafoam Thu 31-Oct-13 17:57:31

Pumpkin bhaji with Hellish Relish

1 large onion, thinly sliced
Grated flesh of 1/2 butternut squash
1 pinch salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons garam massala
a few coriander leaves ripped
5 tablespoons gram flour
water, as needed
oil for frying
salt and ground black pepper

Blend the dry ingredients and the vegetables in a bowl. Add enough water to make the mixture into a sticky dropping consistency.
Heat the oil and deep or shallow fry until puffed and golden.drain on kitchen paper.

Serve with the following relish before going to the bonfire.

2 Birdseye chilies finely chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
6 radishes chopped
1 carrot finely chopped
2-4 medium tomatoes chopped seeds removed.
2 crushed cloves garlic
2 tbsp lime juice
Olive oil

Mix all the ingredients in a cauldron adding enough oil to combine.
Test for fieryness . Add another chilli if you dare
Serve scooped onto pumpkin bhajis.
A dollop of natural yogurt will tone down the heat.
MwahhhhhahahHa! grin

Crem - that sounds bloody gorgeous.

whattodoo Thu 31-Oct-13 18:50:31

Dead man's burgers - mini burgers in bums with tom ketchup oozing out.

Witches fingers - rolled up slices of ham with a flaked almond as a finger nail.

Basic fairy cakes with green/red icing, topped with a (sweetie) eyeball.

Iwaswatchingthat Thu 31-Oct-13 19:23:45

I drew pumpkin faces on satsuma skins this year with a permanent marker. I piled them all up in a bowl.

The dds loved them and thought I was really clever!!! (Easily pleased!!)

I drew the line at giving them to trick n treaters though - not sure that would go down well!

Iwaswatchingthat Thu 31-Oct-13 19:24:08

The satsumas were still inside the skins by the way!!!

Cremolafoam Thu 31-Oct-13 19:50:58

Halloween fave in our coven lupgrin


MollyMango Thu 31-Oct-13 20:45:31 This look so nice and low fat to boot!

I don't like halloween as everything's so scary so I go creative in a non-scary spiderwebby way

missorinoco Thu 31-Oct-13 21:02:23

We are going to have pumpkin soup tomorrow because I forgot today, but there was naff all useable pumpkin left after DH had hollowed them out, so I will add a butternut squash whilst the DC aren't looking. Like they will eat it anyway...

Loving the jelly worms idea. Also like that green jelly and sweets goo plan. Maybe next year for the trick or treaters.

MiconiumHappens Thu 31-Oct-13 21:14:35

Nothing scary here but I always make a stew in the slow cooker for when we gat back from trick or treating. Throw some petis pans in the oven with lots of Flora (of course). And voila lovely warming meal - I did lamb stew tonight with all the usual plus sweet potato, it's orange so hallowe'eney!

Also do this for getting in after bonfire night.

flamingtoaster Thu 31-Oct-13 21:38:51

Cake with iced spider web on top, hollowed out and carved oranges filled with already set jelly (and the lids put on again) to look like pumpkins, - we don't like anything too scary!

GetKnitted Thu 31-Oct-13 21:47:26

was about to write that too unadulterateddad

my recipe is:

12 satsumas
1 sharpie

Hopezibah Thu 31-Oct-13 23:18:23

The kids don't like Halloween at all in our house! But that doesn't stop us baking as they love baking. Rather than focus on Halloween though, they do things like Autumn leaf shape cookies, firework cakes (lots of colourful sprinkles and stars on chocolate ganache cake or mini ones too), we've also made a green frog cake before so I suppose that could be considered a bit halloweeny (round bowl shaped cake, decorated in green icing to look like a frog).

kateandme Fri 01-Nov-13 02:49:38

pastry wrapped round sausages for spooky mummys.
cupcakes are always fab.becasue you can ice them with spooky faces,orange for pumpkins,spiders.all sorts.
marshmellows with faces drawn on then stuck on sticks for ghosts.
make jelly,put worms and halloween themed harribo in the bottom of glasses and pour in jelly.

kateandme Fri 01-Nov-13 02:51:24

tomato sauce cheese on toast or pizza bases and shaping the blobs of cheese as ghosts and putting pepper/herbs for the eyes and mouth has worked a treat!!

Bubbles85 Fri 01-Nov-13 08:29:04

I'm afraid I take the easy option like another poster above. A couple of years ago I bought some Halloween shaped cookie cutters. I use these to make some scary cookies. A bit of green icing does wonders!

Trills Fri 01-Nov-13 08:38:57

The best cheesy biscuit - can be cut into any shape
150g grated cheddar
100g plain flour
50g butter
mix it all up and add enough milk to make a pasty-like dough, roll out, cut shapes, cook at 200C.

Happiestinwellybobs Fri 01-Nov-13 14:13:26

I have just ordered a fairy cottage mould, so next year, am going to do a spooky gingerbread house with cobwebs and gravestones I front of it. DD will be old enough for a party then, so I am hoping i can pull it off.

I will have a practice with a hansel and gretel cottage for Christmas.

I just need to prefect my gingerbread recipe smile

Jinty64 Fri 01-Nov-13 15:57:08

Decorate cupcakes with black icing and edible eyes for "spider cakes".

Glitterfairys Fri 01-Nov-13 18:02:56

Halloween Rocky Road -

Usual Rocky Road recipe but leave gummy worms sticking out the mixture and then when chilled put a cobweb stencil on top and sprinkle with icing sugar to give the impression of a spooky graveyard scene .

Jims Sat 02-Nov-13 14:34:29

Not v imaginative but we did fairy cakes with spiderwebs on last year. I was at work this year so just about managed a pumpkin. Ds1 was asking if i had finished making it as soon as i took the lid off. Patience is not his strong point

Trills Sat 02-Nov-13 15:34:52

I've also made "Catherine Wheels" using a cinnamon bun recipe smile

unquietmind Sat 02-Nov-13 22:19:49

Parkin cake with muscovado unrefined sugars and stem ginger. I could use flora in the recipe :-)

gretagrape Sun 03-Nov-13 10:14:37

spagetti in gravy to look like worms in mud, hard boiled eggs with red food colouring to look like veiny eyeballs, cupcakes with white icing then put a blob of black icing in the middle and use a toothpick to make lines going outwards and in circles to look like a spider web.

ParkerTheThief Sun 03-Nov-13 10:37:05

I made ghost shaped biscuits covered in white icing with my Godchildren

We also did the veiny eyeball eggs and cupcakes with cobwebs iced on top.

Rockinhippy Mon 04-Nov-13 11:25:02

Number 1...

Pumpkin Brains Dip...

Top & hollow out your large pumpkin, carve it a scary face as normal - make sure that the hole left by taking its top of is a good fit for a Heat proof type bowl - the clear Pyrex type are best

(don't throw away any of the innards as if used properly, it all tastes bloody lovely & can be used in several ways)

Make a basic cheese sauce, season with a bit of paprika

(you could use flora for this, but if I'm honest I hate all that margarine stuff & would go with real butter every time)

Put a few lit candles into the pumpkin

Pour cheese sauce into the heat proof bowl - add a handful of grated mozzarella cheese & a few small dollops of tomato purée - roughly stir through so that it looks streaked with bloody & the mozzarella is stringy

Sit bowl into the hole where the pumpkin lid would usually sit - over the lit candles - this will keep it warm

Sit pumpkin with its bloody brains cheesy dip in the middle of a large platter

arrange cut raw veg crudités around the pumpkin to fill the platter - these can be things like - carrot - cauliflower - cucumber etc etc

Dip veg into pumpkin brains & eat -

this has always been a bit hit with kids at all the Halloween parties we have had here smile -

for an adult version change cheese sauce dip to your favourite fondue recipe

Number 2...

Dead mans finger nails...

The scooped out seeds washed & tossed in a little sesame oil with sea salt & chilli, then spread out on a tray toasted in the oven until golden & crisp are nutritious & bloody lovely & can be served instead if peanuts as dead mans nails or used to decorate half hotdog sausages to make into dead mans fingers

Number 3

Bloody chocolate nightmare...

Melt cheap lower cocoa chocolate, with veg oil & red gel food colouring to make it look bloody - best served in a chocolate fountain - but if not a second pumpkin as above will work

Serve with cut fruits like strawberry, banana, apple etc etc, (marshmallows will work too) provide bamboo skewers to spike fruits & dip in chocolate blood

A pile of bone shaped pizzas & spooky cupcakes that's it, party sorted smile

SpookedMackerel Mon 04-Nov-13 11:46:39

I would love to make pumpkin pie.

We made cupcakes to look like Jack o lanterns - orange zest and orange and carrot juice in the sponge mix, and made up the icing with orange and carrot juice instead of water. Chocolate drops to make the eyes and mouth.

MellowMarshmallow Mon 04-Nov-13 12:08:42

Eye Ball Cakes - Make fairy cake mix, and use cupcake maker or cake pop tins to get smaller, rounder cakes. Ice the top with white icing. Then decorate the top with a jumbo Smartie to make the coloured part of the eye, and draw on a pupil with a black food colouring pen, or stick on a choc button. Make red veins with strawberry shoelaces.

Quite a large proportion of smarties, choc buttons and strawberry laces will be eaten before they make it to the cake, so buy extras.

NettleTea Mon 04-Nov-13 16:46:09

I have made the worms in straws - they are really great.
My mother in law put plastic dog poo in jelly to frighten the neighbours kids.......
and then took her teeth out!!

missorinoco Mon 04-Nov-13 19:51:10

Ok, those worms in straws were my nemesis.

I packed straws into a glass, there was a little space so I wrapped with an elastic band. Poured in jelly and left o set. Forgot for two days. Went to squeeze out jelly worms after running under warm water. Jelly all over outside of straws also. Coated self in jelly. Squeezed each straw to eject jelly. Twenty five jelly worms later I sneakily chucked the other twenty five in the bin.

Really? I must have missed something. It is currently on my never again list. What did I do wrong.

Alternative - bake cakes. Make lurid green icing, and bright red icing, calling the latter bats' blood icing. Give each child icing, and haribo spooky sweets. Allow children to decorate cakes themselves, and eat the left over icing. Gain twenty mummy points for less effort.

10thingsihateaboutpoo Mon 04-Nov-13 20:49:02

Shop bought treats in the 10things house i'm afraid. I did roast the pumpkins seeds though!

Kipsy Tue 05-Nov-13 13:11:01

We had a go at making this cake:
Boo-tiful Cake
But a certain someone me finished off most of the marshmallows while waiting for the cake to come out of the oven. blush
So we just ended up eating an undecorated sponge. Oh, and we substituted the recipe on the website for one that had Flora veg oil in it! MUCH tastier than a butter cake. Honest.

MaddAddam Tue 05-Nov-13 17:46:49

We made "sick". Rice pudding with a bit of red food colouring sprinkled across it. It even got eaten!

Also, "finger food" - veggie hot dog sausages, almond flakes for nails, ketchup for blood. We had a plateful to offer the teenage trick or treaters.

Slime with bugs (lime jelly with plastic or icing bugs in).

Brains with eyeballs (red jelly with lychees in)

Mud pie (oozing red worms and green maggots made from icing).

bestbefore Tue 05-Nov-13 18:18:58

I'm a jelly at hallowe'en kindagal: with spooky treats mixed in...simple and who doesn't love a jelly!?!

Geniene Wed 06-Nov-13 12:44:14

We made Ginger bread Ghosts and cookies in the shape of Witches hats. Almost half of them made it to the door for the trick or treaters. They were very yummy smile

TangoRaindrop Wed 06-Nov-13 17:26:46

I prepared and served a spooktacular Halloween feast, as I do every year for my family. Our favourite treat was the green spider cupcakes filled with oozing blood! I wish I could share a photo here but there doesn't appear to be an option. You'll have to check it out on my blog instead:

Blatherskite Wed 06-Nov-13 17:31:30

I've put a pic on my profile of last year's Halloween dinner. I didn't get a chance this year and the kids missed it so I've definitely got to try again for next year.

telsa Thu 07-Nov-13 09:13:10

We made something truly you my looking but very delicious. Strawberry jelly embedded at the surface with lychee eyeballs (tinned lychees with a green grape inside which has a bilberry inside) and marzipan fingers with little indentations as knuckles and a flaked almond painted red with food dye as a nail. Looked fantastic and tasted pretty good.

telsa Thu 07-Nov-13 09:13:44

Sorry, typo there...not you my but yucky.

suenatal20 Thu 07-Nov-13 18:27:56

For an easy “always ready” meal on Halloween I made a vegetable casserole using butternut squash, peas, peppers, root vegetables, cauliflower and split lentils, and to go with these I made some pumpkin topped cheese scones (recipe below).

225 g self raising flour
55 g Flora
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mustard powder
½ tsp salt
150 ml milk
50 g of grated cheese

mix the dry ingredients together with the butter, then add the cheese and milk to make a dough. Roll out about 2 cm thick and cut into shapes (squares make the best use of the mixture with no waste). Then brush with beaten egg and top with pumpkin seeds and cook for 15 minutes. Serve with the casserole for a lovely warming Halloween meal.

Our sweet treat then was simple chocolate cupcakes filled with a sticky strawberry jam centre for a gooey blood effect and topped with various coloured icing and sweets made into monster style faces, simple but delicious and effective and the children loved decorating these, so a fun baking experience for the family too.


150 g Flora
150 g soft brown sugar
3 eggs
115 g self raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
35 g cocoa powder

Mix together the Flora and sugar until fluffy then add the eggs, then fold in the dry ingredients. Put a large spoonful of the mixture in the a cupcake cake then top with a small blob of jam and then another large spoon of the mixture so that the cake bakes with a lovely jammy centre. Bake for 20-25 minutes and when cool decorate with funny monster faces from icing and sweets.

MikeLitoris Thu 07-Nov-13 20:14:49

I made Halloween cakes with my dc. Pics on profile.

We do bake loads though so not that exciting for my dc.

Some of these sound great.

Blimey, my Halloween party food consisted of jacket spuds, hot dogs and crisps! Er, so I guess the theme was quick, easy and washing up free. This year anything that might have required the application of food colouring or a scary theme would have pushed me over the edge.

Previous years I have done jelly 'kids cocktails' with jelly worms in, themed buns with spider web icing (made with Flora! Check!) and mud sandwiches (marmite). You can also make pretty convincing slugs from cocktail sausages with a couple of small carrot or cucumber sticks at one end.

Bubbles85 Thu 07-Nov-13 21:43:04

For us it's toffee apples and jelly with the pick and mix worms set inside!

MoogDroog Thu 07-Nov-13 22:47:24

Meringue ghouls - meringue piped out into ghostly shapes, once cooked and cooled dot melted choc on for eyes and mouths. Looked lovely!

bucylen Fri 08-Nov-13 04:17:38

It's all in the name; on the double, double, toil and trouble theme.
I do a 'cauldron' casserole.
Beef/lamb chunks- Dog's do's
Tomatoes - blood clots
Baby carrots - fingers
Pickling onions- eye balls.
etc. etc.
I takes some nerve to eat it!

hunhun007 Fri 08-Nov-13 17:04:31

We actually made a lot of treats at home... ok, we also got a 5kg bucket full of sweets but only because we had a house full of kids...

We made a Halloween themed flat hard cookies using chocolate chips for eyes and food colouring to make a huge red mouth.

We also made donuts which were actually plain inside but covered with orange and black frosting - we tried to recreate a pumpkin look

Making it was fun and kids learn a lot

SnowyMouse Fri 08-Nov-13 17:26:21

Ghoulish macaroni cheese (sauce made with flora), coloured with green and red food colouring.

Beccie77 Fri 08-Nov-13 18:37:30

Pumpkin muffins. It's the only way to use up the inside of the pumpkin that the kids will eat nowadays, but they are scrummy. Normal muffin mix with the same amount of pumpkin (minus seeds and stringy bits) that you would have of blueberries for the mix.
Also an old crisp box (the ones with a circle push out on the front) hides a bowl that the kids have to reach into blindfolded - grapes become eyes, flumps become zombie flesh, laces guts, and if you feel adventurous... jelly is brains! (this year I went for peeled satsuma to minimise mess!)

DoctorGilbertson Fri 08-Nov-13 19:04:02

We carved a pumpkin (big success, we liked doing this) and tried to turn the scraped out insides into pumpkin soup as my (non-vegetable eating) son claimed that he liked it. Not such as success. I had it on the hob next to my hand held blender (one of those clever ones that come in two parts so you can just wash up the bit that has been in the food) and I melted the top of the blender so the two parts no longer fit together and I couldn't blend the soup. Apparently my son does not eat unblended pumpkin soup.

On the up side I went to the supermarket yesterday and they were selling off halloween cake making/decorating kits at 57p and this evening we have enjoyed making and decorating some cakes. I didn't tell the kids that they were halloween cakes though as I suspect that some marketing executive failed to realise that although appropriately spooky coffin shaped cake decorating kits with maggots on the front are not likely to inspire purchase.

I have been meditating on whether I would have bought them at 57p before halloween but I suspect not as I zoom straight past seasonal kits in the supermarket regardless of the price point. But I do like a reduced offer hence the coffin / maggot cake mix that we cooked up this evening.

helenthemadex Fri 08-Nov-13 19:17:51

I made a basic sponge cake (made with flora grin) and did a spider web on the top, not very exciting but with added red food colouring it look quite good, added jelly woms poking out of the middle kids liked it

michelleblane Fri 08-Nov-13 19:23:43

We dont really do much for Halloween. We live pretty rural and have no neighbours so kids dont 'trick or treat' We did make some cup cakes which I iced like spiders webs, and the kids made a turnip lantern. We always made lanterns with turnips for bonfire night when I was little. (Pumpkins just existed in story books in those days).

rachel19784 Fri 08-Nov-13 19:28:32

This Halloween I got all creative with the kid's and made extra special gifts for my neices, nephews and Neighbours.
We filled glasses with Halloween Jelly sweets and wrapped in cellophane.We also made Scary Skewers, such an easy yet effective way to give sweets.
We gave a few of this out to people who came trick or treating. It was really nice to see the smile on there face when they were presented with something a little bit more unusual than the usual shop bought sweets people give .Infact these probably only cost me approx 30p each to make! check them out here:

katiewalters Fri 08-Nov-13 20:25:35

We did zombies teeth- marshmallows between Apple slices and we did a witches brew- bananas, icecream, frozen berries in blender. Put it in the glass and sprinkled with marshmallows and smarties

poopoopoo Fri 08-Nov-13 20:44:11

We made creepy crawley crispy cakes: from the Sainsbury website:
The ingredients were not listed so we got the ideas from other websites
We had beetroot and berry (like blood)drink with floating eyeballs (actually lychees with blueberries stuck in the middle and frozen!).
We had black spaghetti (cooked in squid ink).
and Jelly worms! (made by pouring jelly into bendy straws in a bundle)

The creepy crawlies are the favourite though sooo.....
Preparation time
approx 1 hour - they need time to harden in the fridge

What you need: (Double it if you have loads of kids round to play like we did!)
60g flora!
3 table spoons golden syrup
1 x 100g bar milk or dark chocolate
90g/ 3 oz Rice Krispies

What you do:
Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Melt 150g of the chocolate with the butter and golden syrup in a pan over a low heat. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat. Add the rice pops and stir until well coated.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and press it down. Push 3 of the mint stick pieces into each side of the rice crispy rounds, for legs.
Melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave (about 1 minute) and drizzle over the rice crispy rounds to secure the legs. Transfer to the fridge and chill for 2 hours.
When set, remove the paper cases and flip the creepy crawlies upside down. Use the writing icing pen to stick on 2 chocolate beans for eyes and serve.

Reastie Fri 08-Nov-13 20:52:26

i made skull face pizza with brains (spaghetti) and orange and mouse dropping cake for pud smile

Iggity Fri 08-Nov-13 22:24:15

Cupcakes with cream coloured icing then added web and spider on top. Very impressive!

MamaMummyMum Sat 09-Nov-13 08:41:25

After carving out pumpkins, we used the inners to make scrummy Pumpkin and Coconut bread :

Ingredients - makes 2 loaves of bread

* 400g Castor Sugar
* 220g Brown Sugar
* 250ml Vegetable oil
* 4 Eggs
* 440g Plain Flour
* 2 tsps Bicarbonate of Soda
* 2 tsps Salt
* 1 tsp Ginger
* Pureed Pumpkin
* 75g Dessicated Coconut
* 150ml Water


* Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
* Grease and flour two loaf tins.
* Mix together the oil, sugars and eggs.
* Stir in the pumpkin puree.
* Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, ginger and water.
* Finally add the coconut and fold into the mixture.
* Pour the mix into the loaf tins and bake for around 60 minutes.

I put a skewer in the centre around 50 minutes and again at 55 minutes, if the skewer comes out clean then the bread is baked to perfection.

Sorry no flora was used in the making!!

Mignonette Sat 09-Nov-13 09:13:22

My daughter made this halloween cupcake.

And these and these.

They tasted great because the icing was made of whipped cream and mascarpone flavoured with lime and a little sugar so not too sickly.

DoubleMum Sat 09-Nov-13 09:32:08

We make mummy pizzas - bread muffins cut in half, spread with flora if you like, tomato puree or value pasta sauce, then use string cheese pulled apart to lay across the muffins to look like bandages. Add some sliced olives for eyes and bake in the oven for about 15 mins.

cashmiriana Sat 09-Nov-13 10:09:26

I didn't make anything specifically Halloween although I do cook seasonally so we've had a lot of squash soup and roasted squash recently! However my DD1 (14) made cakes with grated pumpkin and ginger for Guides - they were a big hit!

sassolino Sat 09-Nov-13 10:39:23

Typically I make those cupcakes with the sweet potatoes or butternut squash, but I tried this recipe with pumpkins and it was lovely/
Pumpkin cupcakes with yogurt frosting
300g pumpkin flesh, cooked and mashed
1tbsp Flora
150g light brown sugar
2 eggs
170g fat free Greek style yogurt (or soured cream)
30g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract
150g self-raising flour
1/2tsp cinnamon
90ml olive oil
icing sugar + plain fat free yogurt for frosting (or soured cream)
freeze-dried strawberries for decoration

Cube the pumpkins and roast with a bit of Flora in the oven until soft. Take it out of the oven let it cool, mash with a fork in a big mixing bowl with sugar and cinnamon. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, ground almonds, baking powder, yogurt and mix well, add the flour and olive oil, mix well again.
Pour the cake mixture into the cupcake/muffin paper cases and place the filled cases in the oven preheated to 180C on a tray. Bake for about 25 minutes, check with the wooden skewer that they are cooked through.
Take the cupcakes out and leave to cool.
Make the frosting by mixing the plain Greek style yogurt with the icing sugar.
Spread over the cupcakes with a spoon. Decorate with the berries of your choice or freeze-dried strawberries.

I don't know why some people above dislike the pumpkin soup, it really depends on how you make it. Any dish could taste vile or great.

I often use the pumpkins to make pasta.
You can also make a spectacular pumpkin dish with pasta. Cut the top of the medium sized pumpkin, remove the seeds and fluffy bits. Add a big dollop of butter spread in the middle, cover with foil and roast in the oven for half an hour. Carefully remove the pumpkin and spoon out the flesh, cube it, slightly dust with the flour and pan fry with a bit of chilli pepper, add half a glass of marsala and 30g raisins, chopped chives, and cook for 10 minutes. In the meantime cook pumpkin tortelloni in the boiling salted water. Once al dente, mix the pasta with the pumpkin cubes and put the mix in the pumpkin bowl. Bake for another 5 minutes in the oven. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan.

There are so many recipes with pumpkin that we love, but I don't want to write an essay here.
Sadly I have no idea how to post pictures on MN.

tinypumpkin Sat 09-Nov-13 14:54:28

Boring here but biscuits cut into scary shapes. I need to be creative! Loving the idea of pumpkin bhaji. Will look that one up again!

CheeryCherry Sat 09-Nov-13 16:57:34

Can't post photos as we ate them all but I made spider web buns...usual victoria sponge recipe...100g flora, 100g sugar...creamed together. Added 100g self raising flour gradually with 2 eggs, fold all together then pop into bun cases. When cooked (180'c for 10-15 mins) and cooled I decorated with white icing (icing sugar and drops of water) and then drew circles (like ripples)on top with a black icing pen, then used a cocktail stick to drag the circles from the middle out to the edge. Makes a quick and easy spider web!

ataraxia Sat 09-Nov-13 23:28:51

I didn't get to bake this Halloween as I was out of town, but these cupcakes look cute for another year:

We drew jack o lantern faces on tangerines. I did have time to bake this year, with a three month old and a three yr old. Next year I'm totally trying pumpkin barjis!

JulesJules Sun 10-Nov-13 09:50:17

Blimey, everyone is so creative! I make flapjack, and at a push, decorate fairy cakes with spider web icing and plastic spider garnish.

Very quick and easy flapjack:

8oz butter
8oz light muscovado sugar
12oz oats
Pinch salt

Greased and lined tin
Gas mark 4
Melt butter and sugar, gradually adding oats and mix well.
Squirt 2 ‘S’ shaped squirts of syrup on to the mixture.
Put in tin and bake 20 minutes until slightly brown at the edges. Should still be squidgy in the middle.
Allow to cool slightly and mark into bars.

angell74 Sun 10-Nov-13 23:52:07

I make ghost cakes (usual cupcakes that could be made with flora) with a piped swirl of Meringue Buttercream on top to make a ghost and two sweets for ghostly eyes. Simple but effective.

Heartfulloflove Mon 11-Nov-13 01:06:50

I love baking with Flora Buttery!

I have made some delicious pumpkin pies that go down well with maple syrup cream.

I also made a batch of warming pumpkin soup. So yum.

mumsbe Mon 11-Nov-13 15:27:51

We love peppers in our house so we scooped out yellow pumpkins and cut out a pumkin face we filled them with noodles with sweet and sour sauce this looks like wormsor brains covered in blood cook for about 10 mins in the oven plus we had jelly snakesin red jelly with marsh mellow eye balls. We also did a raspberry non alchoholic punch with fozen ice pumkins in

toucancancan Mon 11-Nov-13 16:52:07

Carrot and apple muffins: decorate with orange icing and broken matchmakers for spiders legs.
225g self-raising flour (or use plain flour plus 3 tsp baking powder)
175g brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp feshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg
Tiny pinch of salt
150ml plain oil, eg sunflower, vegetable, or light olive oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 medium carrots, finely grated
1 apple, finely grated

Creamy icing (coloured icing optional):
50g marscapone or cream cheese
100g icing sugar
20g softened butter
Squirt of lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Grease muffin tins or line with paper cases (makes approx 6 large, 12 medium, or 20 mini muffins).
3. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt and spices, using your hands to remove any lumps from the brown sugar if needed.
4. Add oil and eggs and gently the fold mixture together.
5. Stir in carrot and apple.
6. Spoon into muffin tins, nearly to the top.
Bake for approx 25 - 35 mins depending on the size of the muffins.
7. Check with a skewer if unsure - if it comes out clean the muffin is cooked, if sticky leave them in for a bit longer.
8. Leave in tin to cool a little, then turn out.

IAlwaysThought Tue 12-Nov-13 00:33:28

Blimey, you lot put way more effort into Halloween than I did. To be fair my DCs are all in their teens and early twenties. and I am old and jaded All I did was add black food dye to their spaghetti and red food dye to their bolognese (which was already red!).
I guess I should have added green food dye to some flora and made some unappetising garlic bread but I hadn't seen this thread grin

sealight123 Tue 12-Nov-13 21:10:53

I tried making this bleeding heart from my Lily Vanilli 'A zombie ate my cupcake' cookery book-

It is safe to safe, mine did not end up like this is safe to say I ate it all....

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