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Get Dressed Up This Halloween With Aldi

It’s no secret that I am a huge Aldi fan. I do a lot of my grocery and non-grocery shopping there. I was in fact there today getting my fruit and veg for the week.

On Thursday 3rd October their Halloween range will be in store ready for you to plan your Halloween parties. Aldi sent BG a costume to try out and it came at just the right time as in a few weeks is a local Pumpkin Parade. We celebrate the local Pumpkin harvest with a market, music, food, a parade, fireworks and a children’s fancy dress competition. Even though the parade isn’t actually linked to Halloween most children dress in Halloween costumes.

BG has the Batrella costume. It’s a red and black dress with a black beaded necklace which has a bat on it.

Aldi's Halloween Range

She really likes it and at £3.99 even if I had bought it myself it would have broken the bank. It’s in size 5-6 and fits nicely, I like a longer length dress as BG will wear throughout the year. It will added to her dressing up collection.

Other children’s dressing up sets include Catsuit, Neon Stripe Witch, Skeleton, Vampire and Pumpkin. They also have a adults range for £7.99 which includes a Vampire, Skeleton Dress and Witch.

They also have accessories, glow sticks, pumpkin carving sets, bunting, party ware and kitchen ware and much, much more.

I was sent some of the silicon ice and cake trays last year and they are great and I still use them.

If you are throwing a Halloween party this year then get on down to Aldi on Thursday.

Be quick as once it’s gone its gone.

Halloween 2012 with ALDI

Aldi sent us some Halloween goodies to test out, this is what they sent us:

We decide to give the cupcakes a go and this is how they turned out.

They were really easy to make and BG had a great time doing them. A great way to spend an afternoon and perfect for any spooky party.

We taste tested the chocolate and it is rather nice we are saving the rest for our Halloween Party along with the face paints.

Aldi has quite a Halloween collection in store so if you are looking to do a Halloween party then check them out.

Homemade Halloween Ideas

Halloween is getting more and more popular in the UK and can be big business.  We have started to have a Halloween party every year but we try to make as much as possible ourselves, one because its cheaper and two because its fun!

Here are some ideas for you.

Spider Cupcakes

These are a variation of a cake my Nan made when I was little; she used to make them into mice.

Ingredients (makes 20 cakes)-

  • For the cakes-175g soften butter,
    175g Caster Sugar, 175g self-raising flour, 2 large eggs lightly beaten and 1
    teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • For the decoration – 200g
    Chocolate, 2 ½ packs of Liquorice Catherine wheels,20 Large Marshmallows, 20
    small Marshmallows,  two tablespoons of
    icing sugar, drop of water. Black food colouring or alternately use a tube of
    back writing icing.

To make the cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/
    Gas Mark 4, 170c if you have an fan assisted oven
  • Place cupcake cases in to a
    cupcake/muffin tray
  • Place the butter, sugar and
    vanilla extract into a large bowl and cream until light and fluffy
  • Add the eggs a little bit at a
    time and beat the mixture  together
  • Shift the flour into the butter,
    sugar and egg mixture. Using a big metal spoon fold the flour in, don’t over
    mix.
  • Fill each case half full with the
    cake mixture and then bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cakes are
    golden brown
  • Leave the cakes to cool on a wire
    rack

To decorate the cupcakes

  • Break the chocolate into a glass bowl;
    place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water to melt the chocolate.
  • Once melted leave to cool slights
  • While its cooling unwind the
    Catherine wheels and cut them into spider legs, I cut them about 2 inches long.
    You will need eight per spider.
  • Cut the small marshmallows in
    half
  • Dip a large marshmallow in the
    chocolate them place in the middle of a cupcake, and then spoon some chocolate
    on the cake until the top is covered.

 

 

 

  • Add two small marshmallow halves
    on stop on the large marshmallow for eyes. Leave them to set
  • Once the chocolate has set, using
    the bottom of a spoon make four holes on each side on the cake and them poke a
    piece of liquorice into them for the legs
  • Make up some black icing using
    the icing sugar, colouring and water, you want it to be quite thick as it will
    be the spiders eye. Add a blob to each of the small marshmallows and there you
    have spooky spider cupcakes.

 

Enjoy!

Gingerbread Skeletons

The lovely Emma from Mummy Musing’s has kindly shared this recipe

for Gingerbread Skeletons. Perfect for Halloween. 

Ingredients:

  •   80g unsalted butter, softened
  •   50g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  •   60g golden syrup
  •  2 medium egg yolks
  • 250g plain flour
  •  2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Writing icing

Method:

1.   Preheat the oven to 200c

2.   In a bowl,beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, then stir in the bicarbonate
of soda, golden syrup and egg yolks. Sift in the flour, ginger and cinnamon.
Using your hands, bring the mixture together to form a ball.

3.   On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a thickness of ½cm. Use a 12cm
gingerbread man cutter to stamp out 16 biscuits. Transfer the biscuits to the
lined baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes, then cool on wire rack.

4.   Break off a few ‘limbs’ and use red and white writing icing to decorate.

Spooky Garland

This Halloween why not decorate with a spooky garland, it’s
simple to make and will keep the children entertained all morning

You will need – Card, Pencil, Scissors, Paints/Crayons/Felt
Tip Pens, hole punch, string, sticky tape.

  • First draw the outline of the
    spooky shapes you want on your garland, I’ve gone for Pumpkins and ghosts but
    you can have witches or vampires or even a scary monster.
  • Decorate the pictures anyway you
    like, you can use paint, crayons, felt tips pens or a mixture.
  • Once they are coloured in and any
    paint is dry, cut the shapes out.
  • Punch a hole in the top of them
    and then thread on to the string in any order you like.
  • Stick to the wall or ceiling
    using sticky tape
  • You can do a mixture of sizes to
    make the garland more interesting and if you want the garland to sparkle then
    add some glitter to your spooky characters.

Make a few spooky garlands to place around the house and scare your family

 

Top Tips for Halloween on a Budget

Halloween seems to get more and more popular in the UK every year and when something becomes popular it can start to get expensive.

Here are my tips on how to have Halloween on a budget:-

  • Don’t buy expensive costumes have some fun with face paints instead.  You can have any scary design that you want then. Facepaintdesigns.co.uk  and Snazzaroo has some step by step guides and videos on how to create your spooky design.
  • Make your own Halloween mask. You make one using a paper plate or cut out the shape from a cereal box, decorate anyway you like and secure with some string or elastic. Alternatively print off some readymade masks and colour them in, I found some great ones on Womansday.com.
  • Making Halloween crafts are a great way to while away the afternoon.  Make some spooky paper chains to decorate the house or collect some conkers and make conker monsters.
  • Make a Jack O Lantern, its lots of fun and you can make pumpkin soup out of the middle.

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Spooky Cupcakes from Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

Spooky Cupcakes from Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

The Halloween cupcakes are available in two flavours – Chocolate n’ Blood Orange and Blackcurrant n’ Apple

Consisting of two layers, a chocolate or apple flavoured sponge with a fruity blackcurrant or blood orange topping, the spooky treats contain only natural colours and flavours and are baked in a nut-free bakery.

Price:  £1.49 for 6

Available from:  Tesco, ASDA, Budgens, Londis, and Dairy Crest, as well as on EasyJet flights.

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Limited Edition Orange Hello Kitty from Build a Bear

Orange Hello Kitty from Build a Bear  

Price:  £20

Available from:  Build a Bear

Initial Reaction: Looks a lot bigger than I thought it would. Continue reading

Halloween Chocolate at Waitrose

Halloween Chocolate at Waitrose

Chocolate Eyeballs

Cadbury Deadheads  

Price:  £1.29 and £1.10

Available from:  Waitrose

Initial Reaction: They look yummy and disgusting at the same time Continue reading