Halloween is a great opportunity to the family to spend time together and with a little creativity you can give the children a magical night to remember with a minimum of fuss. We asked one of the ladies behind one of our favourite new parenting to share her tried and tested tips with us. Read on for some great ideas from Leonora Bamford of The Baba Blog
Leonora’s spooky tips for Halloween
- Pumpkin Carving is a must – I get the children to draw the face and then I do the cutting. Put a little fairy light inside and then pop the pumpkin on the doorstep. I use the flesh to make a hearty pumpkin soup, which makes teatime later in the day easy.
- Dressing Up is also important, and Alexandalexa have some incredible options for this holiday. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Mini Melissa little cat shoes.
- When the children arrive, I like to serve a little witchcraft punch. This couldn’t be easier to make. Fill a bowl with lemonade, and novelty ice cubes, I’m going for frozen brains this year. Then, when the children are standing around drizzle a small shot glass of grenadine into the mix and use a ladle to serve for a cauldron like feel.
- Trick or Treating isn’t what it used to be, so I usually ask a handful of neighbours if they mind us ringing on their bell. Mini Haribos are always a great treat. When you get the home, the kids are usually on a sugar high, so now’s the perfect time for a few games.
- If you have a garden, broomstick racing is always fun, think Harry Potter meets the egg and spoon race. Apple bobbing is a must, and for the little ones – tell them to go for the stalk!
- For tea, heat up the pumpkin soup, which couldn’t be easier to make, and serve with warm crusty bread and butter. For a spooky twist, have a bowl of crème fraîche on the side pre-blended with two drops of green food dye for a bit of eerie and spine-chilling colour!
Fry a white onion in oil
Stir for a few minutes
Pour over a litre of water
Add one veggie stock cube
Blitz until creamy!
The Baba Blog is new addition to the London blogging scene, created by Chelsea based mother Leonora Bamford. Her blog is designed to help parents navigate the overwhelming volume of information available on how to raise their children. The Baba Blog features accessible advice from real parents and professional experts as well as sharing Leonora’s personal journey through motherhood.