Halloween fun

Here are some ideas for some cost efficient family fun this Halloween.

  • Halloween story telling: Send out an invite to all your little guests with the beginning of a ghost story and ask each of them to come to your party with an ending to read to everyone. Then all the children can vote for the scariest, funniest and so on… With some trick or treats as prizes.
  • Hanging tree game: Hang 12 red apples and 1 green apple to a tree. Take a child and tell them to close their eyes and make a wish as they do you blindfold them and spin them around while saying this rhyme. “13 Apples hanging from a tree, 12 dark red and one bright green, blindfolded, spun around, and then set free, Is that green one meant for me? “ You then let go of the apples and head the child in the right direction. They then will stumble about and pick an apple. If they get the green one their wish will come true! Before the next child goes, replace the apple and move the green one. Again prizes can be given – or the apples themselves.

Why not try a seasonal recipe to get you fully in the mood – a nice easy one too.

  • ½ cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 16 slices white bread
  • 2 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Directions
  1. Spread the pumpkin puree on half of the bread. Top with the Gruyere and the remaining bread to form sandwiches.
  2. Melt ½ tablespoon of the butter in a large frying pan over medium/low heat. Cook the sandwiches, in batches and turning once (adding an additional ½ tablespoon of butter to the pan for each batch), until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Use around 3-inch pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters to cut the sandwiches (to give that Seasonal feel).
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