Halloween Guide 2022 !!!! Spooky Scary Ideas For Halloween Fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Orchard Toys Magic Spelling Game, Magic Ink Reveals the Answer, A Spellbinding Spelling Game, Family, Educational Toys and Games, Perfect for Kids 5-7 They also have MAGIC MATHS! See more […]

Orchard Toys Magic Spelling Game, Magic Ink Reveals the Answer, A Spellbinding Spelling Game, Family, Educational Toys and Games, Perfect for Kids 5-7

They also have MAGIC MATHS!

See more & buy @ :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Orchard-Toys-Magic-Spelling

A fun literacy version of Orchard Toys’ bestselling Magic Maths game
Features magical rub and reveal cards to allow children to self check their answers
Race against the timer for even more fun!
Perfect to support Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 English
Suitable for ages 5-7

Magic Spelling
Abracadabra! Magic Spelling is a spellbinding literacy game for children aged 5-7 years old! It encourages children to practise their spelling in a fun, imaginative way. Race against time to find hidden letters using the magic viewer, then pick a yucky ingredient to add to your spell book! The first player to fill their spell book and successfully cast their spell wins the game!

Magic Viewer

Rub and Reveal

Variety of Words

Magic Viewer
Use the magic viewer to find the hidden letters to spell words!

Rub and Reveal Cards
Features heat sensitive rub and reveal cards to check spellings.

Variety of Words
Includes easier and more challenging words to spell for progressive learning.

Educational Benefits
Language and Literacy

Personal and Social Skills

Observation Skills

Develops Literacy and Language Skills
Children will learn to recognise letters and to spell words against a timer.

Develops Personal and Social Skills
As they play, children will develop their communication skills, their turn taking skills and the ability to follow rules.

Encourages Observation Skills
Children will need to focus to spot the correct letter as they race to spell their word.

About Orchard Toys
Orchard Toys have been making educational games and jigsaws in Britain for nearly 50 years. The emphasis is on ‘learning made fun’, meaning parents can benefit from our trusted educational values whilst children will have so much fun they’ll want to play time and time again!

We are passionate about producing high-quality products with minimal impact on our environment. All our games and jigsaws are made from recycled board and paper from sustainable sources. Sturdy, wipe-clean game and puzzle boards mean our products will stand the test of time against wear and tear and messy hands, ensuring they can be passed down through generations.

ZOMBIE KITTENS

Zombie Kittens is still the highly strategic, kitty-powered version of
Russian Roulette that you love, but introduces a brand new deck of
cards so your game doesn’t end just because you blow up. Only living
players can win the game, but dead players now get to keep the cards
in their hands when they explode. They also get to play certain cards
to torment the living players. And they can even come back from the
dead to win the game. In Zombie Kittens, exploding just means you’ll
have a chance to rise from the grave and take your revenge. Gives
“nine lives” a whole new meaning! Bring back your friends (and
enemies) in this undead spin of your favourite Russian Roulette style
kitten card game.

Zombie Kittens can be played by itself or can be combined with
Exploding Kittens. Age 7+, 2+ players and includes 61 original cards
with brand new illustrations

£19.99

www.explodingkittens.com

White chocolate Granola Bark Halloween Ghosts www.lizis.co.uk

Perfect for a Halloween from home, these white chocolate granola bark ghosts are the ideal sweet treat.

Made with Lizi’s Original Granola, this seasonal recipe is a must make for families, and you can even personalise yours by adding some of your own favourites when decorating like raisins or nuts.

INGREDIENTS
350g white chocolate
50g of Lizi’s Original Granola
30 Sugar eyes for decoration
Raisins to decorate

METHOD TO MAKE 15 GHOSTS
1. Using some non-stick baking paper, draw ghost shapes on the back
2. Break up the white chocolate into chunks and place in a heatproof bowl.
3. With the hob on a medium heat, place the heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Be careful that the water doesn’t boil and avoid over stirring.
4. As the chocolate starts to melt, lift the bowl off the heat and stir the chocolate gently.
5. Leave the bowl of melted chocolate on a heatproof surface for the chocolate to cool a little to room temperature.
6. Lay the baking paper with the ghost drawings on to a large flat baking tray with the ghosts face down.
7. Using a teaspoon, spoon two teaspoons worth of the chocolate into the middle of the ghost shapes, using a clean teaspoon to nudge the chocolate to fill the ghost outline.
8. Repeat until all the ghosts are filled with the chocolate.
9. Returning to the first ghost, add another layer of chocolate on top in the same way with the teaspoons so that the ghosts are thicker.

10. Put the 50g Lizi’s Original Granola into a jam jar and with a clean teaspoon, sprinkle some of the granola across the bottom of the chocolate ghost. Start with the first ghost you made and continue until all the ghosts have a covering of granola.
11. Press on two of the sugar eyes and a raisin/nut for a mouth into the chocolate to give the ghosts their spooky faces.
12. Carefully put the whole tray of ghosts into the fridge to set for at least 6 hours to overnight. Enjoy!

NOTES: Lizi’s Original Granola: RRP £3.69 for 500g, available from Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Ocado.

Amazing HARIBO treats available this Halloween

HARIBO Sour Skeletons

A new limited-edition share bag launched just in time for Halloween, HARIBO Sour Skeletons are playful, themed and fun.

Adding a unique sour bite to the sweet selection, these fruity sour jellies come in various flavour combinations, including Lemon & Lime, Blood Orange & Pineapple and Cherry & Blackcurrant.

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HARIBO Monsters Z!ng

Taste buds at the ready, HARIBO has launched NEW HARIBO Monsters Z!ng, a wonderfully zingy jelly treat.

Fun and themed, HARIBO Monsters Z!ng delivers the perfect hit of sweet and sour. Each pack contains four monster-shaped pieces; choose between Apple Frankenstein, Blackcurrant Witch, Lemon ghost and Blood Orange Dracula.

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Roasted Pumpkin on Sourdough

Ingredients
• 500g pumpkin, peeled and diced
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Pinch of chilli flakes
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 1 tbsp honey
• 1 loaf of sourdough bread, sliced
• 1 garlic clove, peeled
• 100g Primula Cheese

Method
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°
2. Arrange the pumpkin in a large, shallow baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter over chilli flakes. Add the chopped garlic cloves.
3. Roast for 25 – 30 minutes, or until tender and lightly charred. Remove from the oven, add a tablespoon of honey and mix well to coat the pumpkin. Set aside.
4. Toast the sourdough until golden. Remove from the toaster and gently rub with the remaining garlic clove. Top with Primula Cheese
5. Serve immediately.
Loaded Pumpkin Fries

Ingredients
• 1 medium-sized pumpkin
• 2 tsp cornflour
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp fajita seasoning
• 150g Primula Cheese
• Handful of fresh coriander, to garnish
Method
1. Using a sharp knife, slice the pumpkin in half. Scoop out the seeds and pulp.
2. Remove the ends from the pumpkin, peel and slice into fries.
3. Place the pumpkin fries in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let the fries soak for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight.
4. When the fries have finished soaking, pre-heat your oven to 220°
5. Drain the fries and pat dry with paper towels.
6. Fill a large zip-lock bag with the fries. Add the cornflour, seal the bag and shake to cover the fries. Add the oil and fajita seasoning to the fries and shake well, covering them evenly.
7. Spread the fries in a single layer on a lined baking tray. Allow the fries plenty of space to ensure they’re perfectly crisp. You may need a couple of trays.
8. Place in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until the fries are crisp and golden.
9. Remove from the oven. Squeeze over the Primula Cheese and scatter the coriander.
10. Serve immediately.
Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Rosti

Ingredients
• 600g mixed pumpkin and sweet potato, peeled and grated
• 2 eggs, for binding
• Handful of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• Olive oil
• 100g Primula Cheese
• 1 spring onion, sliced
• Lime wedges, optional

Method
1. Squeeze all of the water out of your grated pumpkin and sweet potato using an old tea-towel. Add the eggs and parsley. Season to taste then mix well.
2. Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Spoon a heaped tablespoon of the rosti mixture into the pan and cook for 2 minutes, until golden brown. Turn over and repeat.
3. Repeat until all of your mixture is gone.
4. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
5. Plate the rosti and top with Primula Cheese ‘n’ Chives. Garnish with spring onion and lime wedges.
6. Serve immediately.

TURN YOUR CHILD’S BEDROOM INTO A SPOOKTACULAR SETTING WITH HAPPY LINEN COMPANY’S GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BEDDING
• Frightfully fun glow-in-the-dark bedding designs available from Happy Linen Company
• Available in sizes toddler to double, children will love the chance to discover their favourite spooky friends this Halloween
• As part of Happy Linen Company’s Giving Back campaign, 25p from each product sold will be donated to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity
SPOOKIFYING your home with scary pumpkins and boney skeletons is an annual spectacle all kids look forward to, but why not take it one step further this year and transform their bedroom too.
From spookysaurus dino-characters to out of this world aliens, Happy Linen Company has a variety of frightfully fantastic bedding sets to put a pumpkin-sized smile on any child’s face this Halloween.
Even more spooktacular, all these monstrously charming bedding sets come with a glow-in-the-dark component to help brighten up little ones’ bedtimes every night for added magic.
For anyone making a purchase with Happy Linen Company this year – spooky or otherwise – they will be delighted to know that as part of their Giving Back campaign, Happy Linen Company will donate 25p from each product sale to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Spookysaurus Bedding – From £15

For the dino-obsessed child in your life at Halloween, they will love the new Spookysaurus glow-in-the-dark bedding set, complete with bone-chillin’, spooky dino-characters which are sure to make any child shriek with glee! Boasting a reversible star design, children and parents will love that they get two spooktastic designs for the price of one, and can enjoy the set long after the pumpkins are put away. Available in a range of sizes, from toddler to double, this set will help to brighten up any little ones’ bedtime.
Alien Adventure Bedding – From £17

If your child’s mind tends to wander, curious about the world and beyond, then they will love this Alien Adventure bedding set – complete with a glow-in-the-dark component, perfect for added sparkle this Halloween. Available in navy, and in sizes toddler to double, little ones will be able to explore outer space and beyond with their new alien friends.
Space Explorer Bedding – From £17

This magically glow-in-the-dark bedding set sparks discovery and delight for budding astronomers who love the solar system, as it transports them out of this world in the run up to Halloween. Educational and exciting, little ones can discover the wonders of the Milky Way thanks to the list of named planets, while discovering friendly astronauts and powerful rockets too. Available in sizes toddler to double, kids will love to transform their bedroom into a spooky intergalactic galaxy.
Space Unicorn Bedding – From £17

For kids who love to explore the solar system and enjoy making friends with mythical creatures, they will love this glow-in-the-dark unicorn bedding which allows them to discover the magical wonders of the Milky Way. The reversible design means little ones’ get two designs in one, and this bedding is available in sizes toddler to double, meaning children of all ages can get in on the spooky action.
For more information, visit www.happylinencompany.co.uk
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
Founded in 2017, Happy Linen Company is an ecommerce brand which produces a range of affordable bedding and matching homeware accessories for children aged three to seven years, with exclusive British designs made in-house to inspire little ones’ imaginations.
Happy Linen Company’s purpose is to make every bedtime a dream, not only for kids and grandkids, but for adults too.
All of Happy Linen Company’s bedding range boasts a reversible design, giving customers two looks for one price, with the reverse print also matching the fitted sheet which can be purchased as part of a discounted bedding bundle. Every toddler bedding set also comes with a matching teddy/doll blanket as standard.
Designed to engage children and spur imaginations through education, Happy Linen Company sells a range of educational bedding designs. A wide range of Happy Linen Company’s bedding also comes with a glow-in-the-dark component to help brighten up little ones’ bedtimes.
All of the Happy Linen Company’s bedding is OEKO-TEX® certified, ensuring no harmful chemicals have been used when making the bedding, making it safe for little ones.
Happy Linen Company operates a Giving Back initiative that sees 25p from every sale donated to local community initiatives and causes further afield.
Happy Linen Company’s range of bedding is priced from £15 and is available to buy at www.happylinencompany.co.uk

Get SPOOKY! with Chococo this Halloween

It’s time to get SPOOKY! Multi award-winning, Dorset-based, independent, chocolatier Chococo has created a mouth-watering range ghoulish inspired treats for Halloween 2022. All the products are handcrafted in Dorset by a principled bunch of chocolate lovers, led by founders Claire and Andy Burnet, passionate about creating truly delicious chocolates which both taste good and do good since 2002. Chococo only works with sustainable origin chocolate and cares about the environmental impact of its packaging and always has done – 100% of their packaging is plastic-free and is recyclable, compostable or reusable.
NEW for this Halloween are Chococo’s Box of Bats & Ghosts and its NEW vegan-friendly oat m!lk chocolate items in its range. Its Autumn Collection Boxes, of either 25 or16 freshly handcrafted chocolates, include two double 2022 awards winners and NEW limited edition seasonal flavours of Black Forest Gateau and Port Barrel Gin & Juniper.
All Chococo’s chocolate is sustainably sourced, from its Cocoa Horizons verified signature 45% house milk chocolate made with Venezuela origin Sur del Lago cocoa beans, to sustainable Direct & Raisetrade chocolate produced in country of origin for Chococo by Martinetti Cocoa in Ecuador, Luker Chocolate in Colombia and Chocolaterie Robert in Madagascar.

NEW for this year is Chococo’s 43% Colombia origin oat m!lk chocolate. This delicious plant-based, vegan-friendly chocolate is made in Colombia with fine fino de aroma cocoa beans and gluten-free oat powder for a rich, creamy chocolate taste without the dairy. This chocolate is the first of several new chocolate grades Chococo is sourcing from their newest Direct Trade partner, Luker Chocolate in Colombia.

Chococo also continues its Direct Trade partnership with Martinetti Cocoa in Ecuador to source their signature Hacienda Zoilita single estate 72% dark chocolate couverture, roasted cocoa nibs & 100% dark chocolate. Martinetti Cocoa is a small family-owned chocolate company making chocolate in the heart of the cocoa growing region of Los Rios in Ecuador. They buy their single origin heritage Arriba cocoa beans at a premium price direct from local partner cocoa farmers located close to their chocolate factory in Quevedo. Once made, the chocolate is shipped direct to Chococo by sea.

Chococo has been a pioneer in being one of the first UK chocolatiers to make truly fresh chocolates, with no additives or preservatives, with local ingredients. Championing local, seasonal produce is part of the DNA of Chococo and over the years they have worked with food and drink producers across the South West using local honey, sea salt, preserves, fruits, wines, spirits and cream to craft its mouth-watering and deliciously unique creations. They also only use natural colours and all are E171-free.

Chococo’s passion for flavour has resulted in them winning 118 fine food awards to date including; Great Taste Awards, International Chocolate Awards & Academy of Chocolate Awards.

Autumn Collection Box (£25.00/25 chocolates, £18.50/16 chocolates) Fall into Autumn with these suitably seasonal, limited edition handcrafted chocolates nestling in a plastic-free box with cover design inspired by the colours of the autumn Dorset countryside.
This warming selection of fine fresh chocolates filled with the favours of Autumn includes:
• NEW Black Forest Gateau – Dorset-made cherry jam on top of a soft creamy white chocolate layer with a boozy, kirsch-infused dark chocolate layer on the bottom for that classic black forest flavour.
• NEW Port Barrel Gin & Juniper (vf)- Dorset’s new Conker Gin infused in port barrels blended with juniper and creamy plant-based oat m!lk chocolate.
• Toffee Apple – An apple infused-fresh Dorset cream and white chocolate ganache topped with a toffee apple caramel, made with Dorset apple syrup by Liberty Fields orchards in West Dorset.
• Molasses & Brown Butter Caramel – a double 2022 awards winner! Deep rich buttery caramel in a milk chocolate dome. (Gold International Chocolate Award & 2 Star Gold Great Taste Award 2022)
• Tangerine Dream (vf) – another double 2022 awards winner! Orange-infused dark chocolate topped with Dorset-made tangy tangerine jelly.(Bronze International Chocolate Award & 1 Star Gold Great Taste Award 2022)
• Spiced Rum (vf) – Raisins marinated in Exeter’s Two Drifters dark rum, blended with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove in a dark chocolate gem. (Silver International Chocolate Award 2020).
• Spiced Pumpkin – Pumpkin puree, blended with a cinnamon and nutmeg-infused fresh Dorset cream and dark chocolate ganache, topped with a Dorset-made spiced pumpkin jelly.
• Sticky Toffee Pudding (vf)- luscious dates blended with dark chocolate topped with a vegan-friendly Dorset sea salt caramel toffee. (contains gluten)

NEW Chococo’s Bats & Ghost Boxes (£7.00 each/ 70g) Boxes of handmade solid chocolate bat and ghosts that come in Venezuela origin 45% milk chocolate or in plant-based 43% Colombia origin oat m!lk chocolate. Each box features four chocolate bats and four chocolate ghosts. They are perfect for popping into trick or treat bags.

BEST SELLERS Chococo’s Chocolate Pumpkins (£8.00 each/ 100g). Let Chococo add some shimmer to your Halloween with these Chocolate Pumpkins, with little spooky spiders inside to surprise when you break them open. All lightly hand-dusted with edible shimmer they make the perfect Halloween gift or self-treat and are sure to be a family favourite! There are four to choose from, including a NEW oat m!lk pumpkin, and they all come in 100% in plastic-free packaging which is recyclable:
• Milk Chocolate Pumpkin & Spiders – made from sustainable Venezuela origin 45% milk chocolate this pumpkin has mini milk chocolate spooky spiders waiting to escape from inside!
• Gold Chocolate Pumpkin with Spiders – this handmade sustainable gold caramelised white chocolate pumpkin has nostalgic sweet caramel flavours. The pumpkin has mini gold chocolate spiders waiting to escape from inside!
• Dark Chocolate Pumpkin with Spiders – vegan-friendly, this pumpkin is made from signature sustainable Ecuador origin 72% dark chocolate with mini dark chocolate spooky spiders inside.(vf)
• NEW Oat M!lk Pumpkin with Spiders – gluten-free, vegan-friendly – this pumpkin is made from sustainable plant-based 43% Colombian cocoa oat m!lk chocolate with oat m!lk chocolate spooky spiders inside.(vf)

BEST SELLERS Frida, Golda and Rosa Chocolate Skull Bars (£8.50 each/ 100g). These handmade skull bars are available in three different styles. They are inspired by The Day of the Dead (El Dia de Los Muertos) decorations traditionally used to celebrate this special day in Mexico. As they are all hand- decorated, each one is unique. Presented in plastic-free packaging of a compostable woodpulp bag tied with ribbon. The three to choose from are:
• ‘Frida’ the Milk Chocolate Skull Bar – made from sustainable Venezuela origin 45% milk chocolate, this bar is decorated with hand-piped Ecuador origin 72% dark chocolate and Colombia origin white chocolate patterns.
• ‘Golda’ the Gold Chocolate Skull Bar – a gold caramelized chocolate bar decorated with hand-piped Ecuador origin 72% dark chocolate and Colombia origin white chocolate patterns.
• ‘Rosa’ the Vegan Chocolate Skull Bar – made from Ecuador origin 72% dark chocolate this bar is decorated with hand-piped dark and oat m!lk chocolate. This bar is naturally vegan-friendly. (vf).

NEW Chococo’s Spooky Season Gift Bag (£32.50) This bag is ‘choc’-full of ghoulish sustainable chocolate treats all handcrafted in Dorset; a golden milk chocolate pumpkin with mini milk chocolate spiders inside, a ‘Golda’ gold caramelised white chocolate hand-decorated skull bar, a box of 8 plant-based oat m!lk chocolate bats and ghosts, a hand-poured & hand-decorated milk chocolate ‘Boo!’ lolly and a box of assorted chocolate Dorset Dinosaurs. A great range of items of help celebrate Halloween.

(vf) – vegan-friendly

FROM AQUARIUM TO ASCARIUM
SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN EVENT RETURNS TO SEA LIFE THIS AUTUMN

WHAT: Immersive trail celebrating the creepiest creatures of the deep, with spell-casting sea witches, warlocks and plenty of trick or treat surprises
WHERE: SEA LIFE centres across the UK and Ireland
WHEN: 1st October – 6th November (dates vary by location)
PRICE: From £15.95

Join in the spooky fun as SEA LIFE centres across the UK and Ireland go from aquarium to ascarium this Halloween!

Guests are invited to explore all the chills and thrills of the ocean, following an immersive trail to help SEA LIFE’s Sea Witch and Warlock look after their ocean home and fellow sea creatures by completing magical challenges throughout the aquarium.

Not only will there be an excitingly eerie trail for visitors to enjoy, but guests will also be able to meet our Sea Witch or Warlock, tackle visual games and activities and receive a reward for completing the spook-splash-tic challenges.

Visit your local SEA LIFE this October to take part in the ascarium adventure… if you dare! www.visitsealife.com/uk/halloween

To find out what date your local SEA LIFE is running the frightfully fun event, please view below:

• Birmingham: 15th – 31st October
• Bray: 22nd October – 6th November
• Brighton: 15th – 31st October
• Great Yarmouth: 15th – 31st October
• Hunstanton” 15th – 31st October
• Loch Lomond: 15th – 31st October
• Manchester: 1st – 31st October
• Scarborough: 15th – 31st October
• Weymouth: 15th – 31st October

Get ready for spooky season with great value Halloween decor from wilko!

Halloween is almost here, and home and garden retailer wilko has everything you need to have some spooktastic fun with the kids! From creepy-crawly decorations to scarily cute party plates, deck out your home with great value Halloween decor from just £1.
• No tricks here, treat yourself to the wilko treat Bucket for £1.20
• Spook your guests with the bewitching wilko Black Cat for only £6
• Try out the devilishly adorable wilko Character Paper Straws for just £1

FROM AQUARIUM TO ASCARIUM
SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN EVENT RETURNS TO SEA LIFE THIS AUTUMN

WHAT: Immersive trail celebrating the creepiest creatures of the deep, with spell-casting sea witches, warlocks and plenty of trick or treat surprises
WHERE: SEA LIFE centres across the UK and Ireland
WHEN: 1st October – 6th November (dates vary by location)
PRICE: From £15.95

Join in the spooky fun as SEA LIFE centres across the UK and Ireland go from aquarium to ascarium this Halloween!

Guests are invited to explore all the chills and thrills of the ocean, following an immersive trail to help SEA LIFE’s Sea Witch and Warlock look after their ocean home and fellow sea creatures by completing magical challenges throughout the aquarium.

Not only will there be an excitingly eerie trail for visitors to enjoy, but guests will also be able to meet our Sea Witch or Warlock, tackle visual games and activities and receive a reward for completing the spook-splash-tic challenges.

Visit your local SEA LIFE this October to take part in the ascarium adventure… if you dare! www.visitsealife.com/uk/halloween

To find out what date your local SEA LIFE is running the frightfully fun event, please view below:

• Birmingham: 15th – 31st October
• Bray: 22nd October – 6th November
• Brighton: 15th – 31st October
• Great Yarmouth: 15th – 31st October
• Hunstanton” 15th – 31st October
• Loch Lomond: 15th – 31st October
• Manchester: 1st – 31st October
• Scarborough: 15th – 31st October
• Weymouth: 15th – 31st October

BRICK OR TREAT
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTRE LAUNCHES BRICKTACULAR HALLOWEEN EVENT
WHAT: An awesome LEGO® Brick-or-Treat Monster party!
WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester and Birmingham
WHEN: Manchester: 1st – 31st October, Birmingham: 15th October – 31st October
PRICE: From £17.50 per adult / £15 per child in Manchester and from £18.30 in Birmingham

Brick or Treat! LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is excited to announce a brand-new spook-tastic Monster Party this October – and you’re all invited!

To celebrate the release of the latest Halloween 4D movie, ‘The Great Monster Chase’ – exclusive to LEGOLAND® – little monsters can enjoy all the chills and thrills LEGOLAND Discovery Centre has to offer with this eerily exciting experience!

The spook-tacular event activities include:

• Screening of the brand-new LEGO® 4D Halloween movie ‘The Great Monster Chase!’
• Build LEGO® pumpkins to help the centre’s spooky monster garden or pumpkin patch
• Explore a haunted MINILAND during a scarevenger hunt
• Meet and greet Discovery Centre mascots, Scarecrow and Lord Vampyre and guests can bring out their best monster moves for the Halloween dance party
• Help build a fang-tastic LEGO® vampire
• Photo opportunities throughout the attraction

What’s more, Manchester monsters can enjoy an additional creative workshop, where they will be able to learn to build a spooktastic spider with the Master Model Builder for an additional £5 per person.

The Brick-or-Treat Halloween event is included in the standard admission price and pre-booking online in advance is advised due to limited capacity.

Please note, the full activity schedule of activities is available on weekends and school holidays throughout October.

For further details and to book tickets, please visit the websites below:
• Manchester: www.legolanddiscoverycentre.com/manchester/whats-inside/events/brick-or-treat/
• Birmingham: www.legolanddiscoverycentre.com/birmingham/whats-inside/events/brick-or-treat/

Drayton Manor Resort announces spook-tacular line up of BRAND-NEW events for Halloween 2022

Drayton Manor Resort has revealed its line-up of spine-tingling new experiences for Halloween – and there’s not a ghost of a chance you’ll want to miss out.

From Saturday 22 October–Sunday 30 October, the Staffordshire-based resort is inviting families far and wide for a week of frightful fun, with wicked additions to its 100+ rides and attractions – including the ultimate after-dark scare experience.

Guests can kick off the festivities at the new Pumpkin Smash Bash, open from 10:30am –5pm daily, for fun-seekers of all ages to enjoy. As well as experiencing the best of Adventure Cove and the thrill of Vikings, visitors can also head into the Castle of Spooks* – a 15-minute walk-around experience with a range of fang-tastic activities – from scary stories and sing-a-longs to classic trick-or-treating with special Halloween characters.

Thomas fans can also discover the Island of Sodor, decorated with pumpkins, cobwebs and hay bales aplenty, and dance along with Sir Topham Hatt himself during daily live performances.
As evenings roll around, guests seeking more than just a few thrills can expect the ultimate scare experience at Night at The Manor* – another frightful new addition to Drayton Manor’s Halloween line-up, for those aged 14 and over.

Open from 5pm –9pm on selected evenings during Halloween, the Castle of Screams* is sure to up the fear factor with an immersive 15-minute walk in the dark, where those who dare to enter will have to brave countless jump-scares from ghoulish inhabitants.

The resort’s much-loved Polperro Train will be transformed into The Haunted Express for guests to take a riveting ride with an eerie audio scare experience like no other. Joined by a host of creepy characters, guests can hop-up aboard the ghostly train with a ‘one way ticket, offering no return’ and embark on a frightful journey around the resort.

As night falls, visitors are invited to take a ghastly torchlit walk on the Hunt for Zebidiah, where they can delve into gruesome past events on this terrifying guided tour.

Older thrill-seekers will also have the chance to board their favourite attractions after dark, with the opportunity to head to the Vikings area and enjoy exhilarating rides such as the spinning Thor Disk O’Coaster, and hypnotic family-thrill ride, Loki. The Halloween Vikings Party is not to be missed – with Drayton Manor’s resident DJ also on hand to play dance anthems guaranteed to give guests a gourd time.

To round off the week, Drayton Manor’s Fireworks Spook-tacular* will take place on Friday 30 October from 10:30am – 7pm, ending Halloween at Drayton with the ultimate bang. As well as a devilish display, Vikings will be open until 7pm for guests to enjoy rides for even longer.

Victoria Lynn, managing director at Drayton Manor Resort, said: “We’re thrilled to have announced a haunting new line-up of events for Halloween 2022.

“The spooky season is one of the highlights of the year and our talented team have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to make this Halloween our most fun and frightful yet! We anticipate demand will be higher than ever and encourage those interested to book in advance to secure their tickets. We can wait to see (and scare!) you all!”

Ticket prices start from £24, and £19 for Annual Passholders, while under two’s go free (Pumpkin, Smash Bash and Fireworks Spook-tacular only. For families wanting to extend the fun for more than just one day, the resort’s Stay and Play package provides the ultimate staycation – including an overnight stay in the park’s four-star onsite hotel, theme park tickets for two days and a full English breakfast from £62 per person.

For more information, visit draytonmanor.co.uk/theme-park/events/halloween
Follow Drayton Manor Park on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates: www.facebook.com/draytonmanor and twitter.com/draytonmanor

The haunted fortresses of Scotland
Scottish castles are home to many a soul who met an unfortunate end. Stories tell of their cries echoing in the long corridors and silhouettes pacing through the grounds. In the castles of Scotland, horror and history await.
On Rabbie’s one day tour of St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife guests visit the historic settlement of Falkland, home of the 16th century Falkland Palace. The palace was the main residence of the old Royal family of Scotland, the Stewarts (Stuarts), but at this time of year another of the palace’s famous residents draws guests from far and wide. As you tour the palace, keep your wits about you while walking the Tapestry Gallery, which legends say is home to the ghost of a Grey Lady, who is awaiting her husband, a soldier who left for war and never returned. The St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife tour departs from Edinburgh 7 days a week, with prices starting at £48 per person.

Monsters on the Moors of Southern England
The southwest coast of England is renowned for its stunning beauty, fascinating history, and terrifying myths. Do monsters really lurk on the desolate moors when the sun sets? Are the legends that inspire feats of heroism and bravery to this day true? In the reaches of southwest England, who knows what you will find?
On the Rabbie’s 5-day Devon & Cornwall tour, visit the mysterious spiritual site of the neolithic Stone Henge. Many have wondered the purpose of these mighty, lonely stones. Journey to the remote wilderness of Dartmoor, home to inspirational legends and ghastly ghost stories. Will you see pixies dancing or will you witness the large black hounds hunting across the foggy moors? Perhaps you’ll meet the cursed spirit of Lady Howard or the Devil – who is known for visiting the area. At Clapper Bridge, beware of the ghostly bloodhound who crosses the bridge to return home. Scale Glastonbury Tor, home of the mythical kingdom of Avalon and the legend of Prince Arthur. Recharge in beautiful Bath and explore the heritage of this old and beautiful city. The Rabbie’s 5-day Devon and Cornwall tour departs from London twice a week with prices starting at £330 per person.

Geomag Glow – Unlock Spooky STEM Fun This Halloween

Every year, come autumn, we go on the lookout for the funkiest, most exciting Halloween decorations, only to throw them out come November. But this year, why not invest in something that will light up your Halloween party, but that will also continue being fun once Halloween is over? We’re talking about the Geomag Glow construction sets. Suitable for all ages above 3, the Geomag Glow sets are not only a great decoration and conversation starter for your Halloween party, but also an important opportunity to gain a better grasp on the world of physics and magnetics.
Geomag Glow consists of three sets of different sizes of glow-in-the-dark natural magnetic rods. These rods can be arranged in any shape or structure that lights the imagination. Because of their lightweight design, and flexible nature, you can arrange your Geomag set anywhere in the room. You can, if you like, even arrange them into something spooky, or exciting like a ghost, a skull, or even a zombie. The sky, or rather your imagination, is the limit here.

How do Geomag Glow sets work?
So, how exactly are these magnetic rods powered, and why do they glow in the dark? Well, that’s both educational and exciting about the Geomag Glow sets is that they are made from 100% recycled materials, that are also 100% natural. As such, they work by capturing the natural light of the sun, throughout the day, and then using that to light up in the dark.
Because Geomag Glow sets use solar power to function, they will not drive up your electricity bills. For the same reason, Geomag sets are also great news for the environment, and if you’re concerned with reducing your carbon footprint, Geomag proves you can have a fun and exciting party without damaging the environment.
Since Geomag sets are solar-powered, it’s best to leave them out in a well-lit spot during the day, so that they can capture enough sunlight to last through your party.

Kids parties or adults? Why not both?
Because it’s marketed for all ages, sometimes people will assume Geomag sets are a toy, and as such, ideal for children. However, the truth is more versatile and complex than that. Geomag Glow harnesses solar power to allow you to unleash your imagination, and create glow-in-the-dark constructions, after your craziest, most fun ideas.
As such, they can’t be aimed solely at children, or adults, because there is no singular age where imagination stops.
Geomag Glow is suitable not only for children but also for adults. Both children and grown-ups can learn a great deal from these fun construction sets. For children, Geomag sets serve as a great introduction to the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Since the Geomag Glow sets use natural power, they can also be used by parents or educators to teach children about their environment, green sources of power, and all these other subjects that have become so pressing in our modern world.
And perhaps adults could use a lesson in that, as well.

Spooky Geomag Halloween
What makes the Geomag Glow sets great as a Halloween party decoration (or even a Halloween gift, for some) is the eerie green light that emanates from the magnetic pieces. This helps design a monochrome construction that looks like something out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory.
And while the color itself is not so overpowering that it would be inappropriate through the rest of the year, it’s just green and icky enough to look like it belongs at a Halloween party. Or as a Halloween gift.
For parents, this is an excellent way to get their children excited about basic STEM principles without it looking like they’re giving them a “school” gift. Because no kid is going to want a toy that makes them learn. They’re going to want a toy that’s fun, and weird, and kind of looks like it was made from an eerie green gloop. Luckily, the Geomag Glow sets can do both, which makes them the ideal Halloween gift for your child.
What are the choices?

Geomag Glow sets come in three different options, differentiated by their complexity and number of pieces. First, you’ve got the basic Geomag Glow 25, then the slightly more complex Geomag Glow 42, and lastly, the Geomag Glow 60.
If this is your or your child’s first time with a Geomag set, the 25 might be a good place to start and get a grasp of basic STEM concepts, without being too challenging. If you’re more experienced or want to craft a complex Halloween decoration from them, then Geomag Glow 60 may be more appropriate for you. Each set can be joined together with other Glows or even other Geomag sets.
Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong with Geomag Glow this Halloween!
The Geomag Glow 25 costs £19.99 from toysrus.co.uk
The Geomag Glow 42 costs £34.99 from The Entertainer
The Geomag Glow 60 costs £39 from Coolshop.co.uk

– Outdoor decorations will really ramp up your Halloween party!

Using outdoor decorations will work as a great pinpoint to your guests so they don’t get lost, but they are also a welcoming invitation for all those devilish trick-or-treaters. A great way to do this is with cardboard. Cut them into a gravestone shape, paper mâché, and paint them. Place them in your front garden or lawn as a ghoulishly good beacon!

– Serve frighteningly good food!

If you are hosting a party this year and want to serve your guest’s food, why not choose a charcuterie board with a twist? By using (a toy) skeleton you can arrange many types of food in or on top of your spooky host! By using different meats, you can drape the meat over the bones to create a creepily creative food platter! Don’t forget you can also use a skeleton to fill with treats, such as crackers, cheese, or candy.

– Go creepy with a Halloween tree!

Yes, a Halloween tree. You can decorate it with Halloween-inspired baubles and black and orange tinsel to create a spooktacular feature piece! You could choose a black tree and adorn it with purple, green, and orange decorations in the form of Halloween baubles, store-bought or handmade! And of course, coloured tinsel. This is a great way to involve all the family in preparing and designing the decorations.

– Get spooky with a Halloween-themed wall mural

Whether you are throwing a Halloween party or simply entertaining a few friends with a scary movie and some snacks, you can set the scene with a You can choose from mysteriously misty forests, ghoulish ghost trains, or pumpkin graveyards to name but a few! This way you can instantly set the scene for your monster bash as a creepy mural is one of the ultimate Halloween party decorations!

Another ghoulishly great aspect of this wallpaper is that is available as peel and stick – meaning you are able to remove it from your wall once all your creepy guests have escaped for the night! All you have to do is make sure your wall is correctly prepared before you apply it. It’s that easy you’ll want to throw a Halloween bash every day!

Spooky doggy duos: 6 Halloween costumes for you and your dog

Whether you’re a fan of all things spooky or you just enjoy dressing up, October 31st is sure to be a day you love. There are plenty of ways to get creative with your Halloween costume, including coordinating it with your friends or family to create a group costume. If you’re looking for an especially cute companion this year, why not get your furry friend involved?
You can get your dog involved with your Halloween costume in a variety of different ways. To give you some inspiration, the pet care experts Webbox have shared six fun duo costumes for you and your dog to dress up as this Halloween.
It’s important to note that you should only dress up your dog if they appear to enjoy it. If your pet is trying to shake the costume off or they start to gnaw at it, this is a sign that they are uncomfortable and you should remove it immediately. Fortunately, some of the costumes in this list require little to no extras for your pet, so even the dogs who don’t enjoy getting dressed up can get involved.
Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma
One of the scariest fairy tales also provides inspiration for one of the best pet and owner Halloween costumes. In this frightening story, the big, bad wolf successfully disguises himself as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother by tucking himself up in bed and wearing her night cap. You can make your dog look the part by simply dressing them in a night cap or frilly bonnet, or even a grey perm wig. A red dress and red cloak with a hood are all you need for Little Red Riding Hood’s costume, but you can carry a picnic basket if you’re looking to include the smaller details.
If you want to switch roles, this can easily be done too! Simply dress your pooch up in a red dog raincoat with a hood to turn them into Little Red Riding Hood, and dress yourself up as the grandmother in her night gown and cap, with a small pair of wire reading glasses to complete the look.
Scooby Doo and Shaggy
This is a great last minute Halloween costume, and ideal for dogs who don’t enjoy getting dressed up. While this costume of course works best for Great Danes, any dog can join in by simply wearing the iconic cartoon pup’s signature collar. If you already have a blue collar for your pet, all you need to do is buy a name tag with the initials “SD” on it. And to achieve Shaggy’s look, simply wear a pair of brown trousers and an oversized green t-shirt.
The great thing about this costume is that it works as both a duo and a group look. You can invite friends and family to join in by dressing up as Fred, Daphne, and Velma, and if you have another small dog, you can even dress them up as Scrappy Doo who wears the same collar as Scooby.
Dustin and a demodog
After the release of season four, we’ll no doubt see lots of Stranger Things inspired costumes this Halloween. If you’re looking to get your pet involved, there’s no better way to do so than by dressing them up as a demodog. There are demodog costumes for dogs available to buy online, and you may even be able to find them in your local costume shop too.
There are lots of different Stranger Things characters you can choose to dress up as alongside your demodog, but the best choice would be Dustin, who had a pet demodog of his own named Dart. You can dress as Dustin by wearing a yellow and green cap, an orange t-shirt, a denim vest jacket, green shorts, and white trainers.
Dorothy and Toto
While it isn’t a scary film, there are certainly frightening parts to The Wizard of Oz, and it includes one of the most iconic dog and owner duos, Dorothy and Toto. This is a great option for people with dogs who don’t enjoy dressing up, as there’s no costume involved whatsoever. However, Toto is a very small terrier, so you may find it more difficult to recreate this duo with a larger dog. If this is the case, you can dress your furry friend up as the cowardly lion instead! All your pet needs for this look is a lion mane, which you will easily be able to find online and in costume shops.
Fortunately, dressing up as Dorothy is pretty easy too. Simply have your hair in pigtails and wear a blue gingham dress, and of course, the iconic sparkly red shoes.
Cruella de Vil and a dalmatian
An iconic Disney villain and an enemy of dogs, dressing up as Cruella de Vil is the perfect way to get your pooch involved with your outfit. If you have a dalmatian, this is by far one of the easiest costumes as you don’t need to dress your pet up at all. And if your dog isn’t a dalmatian, you only need one item to dress them up: a dog jumper with dalmatian print on it. If you already have a white dog jumper which isn’t worn often, you can even create your own by sewing small circles of black felt to it.
When it comes to dressing up as Cruella, you’ll need a long black dress, a white fluffy jacket (extra points if you can get one in dalmatian print), and the iconic black and white wig. If you’re looking to include the smaller touches, add a pair of silk red gloves to the outfit.
Pennywise and Georgie
If you’re looking to be particularly scary, this is the perfect duo costume for you and your pet. It is one of the scariest horror films around, and no doubt the reason behind many people’s clown phobias! To dress up as this duo, all your dog needs is a yellow raincoat from the iconic scene where Georgie is dragged through the gutter by Pennywise.
As it’s a popular Halloween costume, you shouldn’t find it difficult to find a Pennywise outfit. But if you already happen to have a clown costume and you’re looking to save some money, simply wear this outfit and use face paint to recreate his terrifying look.
“Halloween is a fun holiday for the whole family, and that can go for your pets too! The good news is that everyone can enjoy dressing up this Halloween as long as you keep a watchful eye over your pets. Only dress a dog up in a costume if they don’t appear to mind. If they don’t enjoy wearing anything other than a collar, there are plenty of iconic duo costumes which don’t even require your dog to dress up, so go for one of these options instead.
“If you do choose to give your dog an outfit, make sure that it doesn’t restrict their sight and that there are no choking hazards. If the outfit involves putting something around your pets neck, always make sure that it isn’t too tight so that their breathing isn’t restricted in any way.
“You should also make sure that your pet stays safe around Halloween decorations and sweets. If you have a candle in a pumpkin, make sure to keep this out of your pet’s reach and never leave them in a room unattended with one burning. Don’t forget to store your Halloween sweets in an area where your pet can’t get to as well, and avoid leaving any lying around the house.”
– Michael Haigh from Webbox

Acres of jolly gourd fun at farm park’s Carving Weekends and Pumpkin Festival this October

Visitors to Odds Farm Park, near Beaconsfield, are in for a jolly gourd time this month at the farm’s Carving Weekends (8th – 9th and 15th – 16th October) ahead of the annual Pumpkin Festival in half term (22nd – 30th October).

The 35 acre family leisure attraction has over 4,000 pumpkins waiting to be picked.

Little ones can choose their own mini wheelbarrow before exploring the Oddlotment Pumpkin Patch to carefully select their own pumpkin to take home.

The Carving Corner will be open for families keen to pimp up their pumpkin without having to take the mess home. And crafty visitors can also get stuck in at the autumn-themed arts and crafts area where there is plenty for younger guests to get creative with.

Louise Winslow is the Head of Guest Operations at Odds Farm Park and says: “We’ve kicked off the pumpkin fun a little earlier this month with our Carving Weekends taking place on 8th – 9th and 15th – 16th October.

“And then the Pumpkin Festival, which is one of our most colourful events at the farm, takes place in half term. The Pumpkin Patch is the perfect backdrop for an autumnal family photo, and we’ve set up special photo spots across the field to make it as simple as possible for everyone to get the perfect shot.”

Louise adds: “The return of our autumn-themed arts and crafts is also a highlight of the October half term. And also back this year is our Halloween trail giving little ones the chance to collect the clues while taking in the sights around the farm.”

And there’s more than just pumpkin fun at Odds Farm Park this half term. There are also over 30 breeds of different animals, the outdoor adventure playground, tractor and trailer ride, H2Odds water play, Marmalade’s Mini Rover rides and giant Indoor Playbarn for guests to enjoy each day.

On the Carving Weekends there is only picking and carving available. All other Halloween-themed activities take place during the Pumpkin Festival between 22nd – 30th October 2022. For more information, call 01628 520188, visit www.oddsfarm.co.uk, or like and follow @OddsFarmPark on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest news and updates.

Halloween gift ideas from Amanda Coleman.

Amanda’s jewellery is all handmade, sustainably, in her workshop in Lincoln.

These are all black cat jewellery pieces, perfect for Halloween!

1. Large sitting cat studs – black ruthenium on Sterling Silver – £48

2. Sitting cat pendant – black ruthenium on Sterling Silver – £45

3. Cat walking studs – black ruthenium on Sterling Silver – £30

4. Cat walking necklace – £50 – made from black ruthenium on sterling silver

This year, let’s make Halloween good, old-fashioned fun!

Halloween, 31st October, is falling out of favour with some parents who say it has become too commercial and ‘Americanized’. But, as Catherine Lynch of education experts PlanBee says, there are some great traditional entertainments to mark the occasion

What’s it all about?
The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, an ancient Celtic pagan religious festival that marks the end of the harvest and the start of winter. The celebrations included people lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to ward off ghosts. This festival is thought to date back to neolithic times, pre 2500 BC.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III decided 1st November should be a time to honour all saints. The evening before All Saints Day was known as All Hallows’ Eve, and later Halloween. All Hallows’ Eve, is a Christian religious observance that includes going to church and lighting candles on the graves of the dead. Traditionally Christians didn’t eat meat on this day and Potato Pancakes were a popular choice of food.
Over time, Halloween became the more commercial and secular celebration we have today that includes trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, wearing costumes and eating treats.
Covid’s still lurking
With Covid infection rates rising once again, we should be mindful that some adults, especially elderly people and those with underlying health conditions, may not be enthusiastic about children calling on them for Trick or Treat.

Why not organise a Halloween trail instead?. Rather than knocking door to door, why not take your children on a trail, too? If you’d like to take part in one, or organise your own, you could put this spooky picture in your window.
Take your children on walks around your local area and see how many Halloween pictures you can spot. You could give your child the chance to pick a treat from your own selection each time they spot a picture on the Halloween treasure hunt.

Whatever you do, have fun!

TRICK OR TREAT THE TASTE BUDS WITH DOUBLE DUTCH HALLOWEEN COCKTAILS
PERFECT FLAVOUR COMBINATIONS FOR SAVOURING WITH SPIRITS OR SIPPED SOLO THIS SPOOKY SEASON

It’s officially spooky season, but will it be a trick or treat when it comes to your drink of choice? These Halloween-themed cocktails are truly a taste sensation with none of the scary stuff, but the promise of double the fun at this year’s parties.

Double Dutch is the award-winning producer of premium tonics and mixers that are first-class, fabulous and flavoursome. Led by twin founders, Raissa and Joyce de Haas the brand’s range of refreshing soft drinks are the perfect pair to any event, or sister serve to any spirit.

A favourite amongst bartenders, their drinks take inspiration from the world of natural flavours, and are double the fun with unique, bold and unexpected flavour pairings, made with high quality ingredients and no artificial flavouring, colours or preservatives.

To try the Double Dutch range, but also try some of the spookiest cocktail recipes, turn your hand to these easy to make cocktails perfect for celebrating Halloween…

The full range of Double Dutch flavours are available via the Double Dutch website, with some of the brand’s mixers available at Waitrose or Ocado as well being available to purchase via Amazon.

DOUBLE DUTCH FRANKENSTEIN
INGREDIENTS
25ml White Rum
Squeeze of lime
10ml cherry syrup
Double Dutch Cranberry & Ginger – available here
Ice
Garnish: Lychee and Blackberries or Blueberries
Props: Skewer

METHOD
1. Fill your glass with ice.
2. Pour the white rum and add a squeeze of lime over the top and stir.
3. Top with Double Dutch Cranberry & Ginger
4. Take two lychees and soak delicately in cherry syrup.
5. Next, stuff the lychees with blackberries or blueberries and serve on a skewer for a bloody eyeball look.
6. Pour the remaining Cherry Syrup slowly over the ice in your glass for the blood effect.

DOUBLE DUTCH PUMPKIN UP
INGREDIENTS
50ml Vodka (or non-alcoholic Vodka)
10ml Lemon Juice
15ml Pumpkin Syrup
Double Dutch Indian Tonic Water – available here
Garnish – Whipped Cream, Cacao Nibbles or Mini Dark Chocolate Buttons OR Pumpkin-Shpaed Carved Orange Peel

METHOD
1. Mix your vodka (or non-alcoholic vodka alternative), lemon juice, and pumpkin syrup together in a glass.
2. Top up with Double Dutch Indian Tonic Water.
3. For the garnish, add a layer of whipped cream sprayed into a swirl.
4. Next, add two cacao nibbles or mini dark chocolate buttons for the eyes.
5. Alternatively, add a pumpkin shape carved orange peel.

DOUBLE DUTCH DEVIL’S WISH
INGREDIENTS
25ml Gin
25ml Campari
20ml Clear Apple Juice
Double Dutch Pomegranate & Basil – available here
Garnish: Two chillies and black pepper

METHOD
1. Add the Gin, Campari and Clear Apple Juice into a martini-style glass.
2. Next, top up with Double Dutch Pomegranate & Basil.
3. Garnish with two chilli horns on each side of the rim and sprinkle black pepper on top.

DOUBLE DUTCH LA MUERTE
INGREDIENTS
25ml Tequila
15ml Blackberry Liqueur or Syrup
Double Dutch Cucumber & Watermelon – available here
Garnish: Blackberries and Strawberries OR Liquorice sweets + a Striped Straw

METHOD

1. Scoop a handful of Ice into a highball glass.
2. Next, add the tequila and blackberry liqueur or syrup.
3. Top up with Double Dutch Cucumber & Watermelon.
4. Garnish with blackberry and strawberry on a skewer or opt for liquorice sweets on a skewer with a matching striped straw for the full effect.

Blood Manor Is On Every Halloween “Must Do” List!
New York City’s premiere haunted attraction gets rave reviews from media, influencers, and more!

How do New Yorkers celebrate Halloween? By going to Blood Manor! New York City’s premiere haunted attraction is making everyone’s list of “must do” events for the truly die-hard Halloween fan.

From The New York Times to Thrillist to Time Out New York, the recommendations and reviews for Blood Manor are outstanding:

“For a truly bloodcurdling experience, Blood Manor… would be a good place to start.”

“There’s no spookier way to welcome the Halloween season than Blood Manor.”

“Try to survive the scariest haunted house around.”

Even if you’ve been to Blood Manor in previous years, you are in for some new scares and thrills, as 75% of the show is new or refreshed. Don’t miss old favorites like “The Crypt” (where no one rests in peace) as well as all-new frights like Maggot Invasion, Hannibal’s Hell and, yes, Killer Clowns!

Blood Manor, which is not recommended for children under 14, is open every weekend and some weekdays from through November 5th. Timed-entry tickets can be purchased online at BloodManor.com or at the door.

GHOULISH GOINGS ON IN GREAT YARMOUTH FOR HALLOWEEN AND HALF TERM

Great Yarmouth’s attractions are hosting Halloween tricks galore this October, providing plenty of ghoulish antics throughout the half term week. https://www.visitgreatyarmouth.co.uk
Highlights include:
Fairground Frights at Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach
The ever-popular Fairground Frights at Great Yarmouth’s famous Pleasure Beach will offer five nights of fearsome entertainment this October half term. Featuring ghoulishly costumed actors, spooky surprises, scares and projections it will run from 5 to 8.30pm from Wednesday 26th October to Sunday 30st October 2022. There will also be an end of season firework display on the 30th.
Each of the attraction’s 20 plus fun-filled rides will feature in the special Halloween event which culminates in an end of season fireworks display. Tickets costs £19.50 per person for unlimited access to all rides and attractions (height restrictions apply) for three hours, the event is suitable for ages 10 and over. The Park will also be open for day time fun from 22 October to 30 October from 12-4pm, with tickets costing £15 per person. www.pleasure-beach.co.uk

Fantastic Fire on the Water Beach Festival 22nd to 29th October
Perfectly timed for October Half Term, Great Yarmouth’s Fire on the Water event (22-29th October) moves to the Golden Mile for 2022.
Taking place on the golden sands of Central Beach this immersive and dynamic outdoor experience will encompass dance & acrobatic performances, dramatic light installations and night-time fire shows. Visitors will be able to freely explore the fire structures and light installations as there is no set route. Some fantastic family-friendly making workshops are included in the ticket price and hot food and drink will be available too. There is also an accessible route for wheelchairs, buggies and mobility scooters. The launch event last year was a sell out so booking is recommended and is pay what you can – £3, £6, £9 or £12 per person. The gates will open at 6pm each night and close at 10pm. www.outtherearts.org.uk/fire-on-the-water

Halloween Spooktacular at the Hippodrome Great Yarmouth
Hosted by Jack Jay and the comedian Johnny Mac, The Hippodrome Circus Halloween Spooktacular is the ultimate fun family spooky show filled with laughs and jaw dropping circus stunts.
It will showcase a packed line-up of amazing acrobatics, daring stunts, aerialists, dance and comedy all set to a spooky theme this half term. The incredible lighting and special effects bring this historic venue to life in a performance that will culminate in a huge Halloween party dance along for all the family. The audience is encouraged to come in Halloween costumes. The Hippodrome’s Spooktacular runs from 21-31st October and costs from £18 per adult and from £12 per child. https://www.hippodromecircus.co.uk/ or 01493 738877

Hirsty’s Family Fun Park’s Halloween Hoot
Pumpkins take centre stage at Hirsty’s Family Fun Park Halloween Hoot event open from 10am to 4pm from 22-30 October. Families can pick their own pumpkin from Hirsty’s pumpkin patch and carve a spooky face in the covered carving area. There will also be a Halloween theme to the farm attraction’s ‘Mega Maize’ (a giant corn maze), plus the chance to make the most of the onsite activities including a barrel train, zip wire, hay bale mountain, crazy croquet and the new jumping pillows. Adult entry is £8, children aged 3-16 £13.50 and 1-2s cost £7.50. Child prices include a pumpkin to carve on site. Book at: http://hirstysfamilyfunpark.co.uk/

Half term stays in Great Yarmouth
Parkdean Resorts will be offering a host of frighteningly fun games and events in its holiday parks from 21st – 30th October. From Halloween crafts and pumpkin carving to ghost walks and fancy dress. They’ll even have a Halloween food and drinks menu featuring a delicious selection of fang-tastic themed treats.
Book a stay at Great Yarmouth’s Parkdean Resort’s Breydon Water and enjoy a seaside holiday and a countryside break rolled into. Breydon Water has four night stays in a caravan sleeping up to six in three bedrooms arriving 24 October from £339, also a four night stay for up to eight in a three bedroom caravan arriving on 24th October from £399 – other dates and options are available. www.parkdean.co.uk Tel: 0330 1234850.

For information on things to do and see visit: www.visitgreatyarmouth.co.uk

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HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS IN SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton has a packed programme of spooky tours and more this October. Top Halloween suggestions from Visit Southampton (https://visitsouthampton.co.uk) include:
• INTERACT WITH GHOSTLY TALES FROM THE PAST ON AN IMMERSIVE HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE
Those booking onto the award-winning Southampton Ghost Tour will come face to face with characters from the city’s eerie past as actors take on the parts of the destination’s most notorious ghosts. There will be encounters with spirits such as Sir John Dawtrey, the original owner of Tudor House, plus visits to Southampton’s historic buildings including the Merchants Hall, Tudor House and The Red Lion, which boasts an impressive 21 ghosts. Approximately an hour long, each tour will include plenty of haunting tales plus a visit to the city’s vaults! Tours will take place at 8.30pm on 27th and 28th and at 7.00pm and 8.45 on 31st October – cost from £10 per person. All tours involve some scares but are family-friendly. www.supernaturaltoursandevents.com

• FROM FRIENDLY SPIRITS TO A FAMILY FRIENDLY WITCHFINDING EVENT AT THE TUDOR HOUSE AND GARDEN
Visitors to Southampton’s historic Tudor House on Saturday 29th October will have the chance to meet a host of friendly spirits in the Banqueting Hall. They can also take part in loads of spooky activities from creepy crafts to gruesome games, face painting and there is a haunting trail to follow too! Plus, there is a family-friendly witchfinder event throughout the day on 25th October. Entry is free on this day and the cost for the Witchfinder event is just £3. http://www.tudorhouseandgarden.com/

• CREATE LANTERNS, TRICK OR TREAT BAGS AND MONSTER MASKS AT THE FAMILY ART WORKSHOPS AT THE SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY
For an artistic take on Halloween, the Southampton City Art Gallery is staging a series of family art workshops. On Monday 24th October kids can join a spooky lantern making workshop for £6 per child (aged5+) and on Tuesday 25th October there’s the chance to make a tie dye trick or treat bag for £9 (aged 4+). On Wednesday 26th October kids can book in to make a monster mask using recycled materials – £6 per child (ages 5+) and on Thursday 27th October kids can play with printmaking and clay pumpkins for £7.50 (aged 4+). For more information and to book visit: www.southamptoncityartgallery.com

• SPOOKY CULTURE CLUB AND MUMMY MAYHEM AT THE SEACITY MUSEUM
On Monday 24th October children aged 6-12 can enjoy a spooky culture club at the Seacity Museum. The kids club, running from 9am to 4.30pm, will provide a day of creative activities including creepy clay creations and a monster mosaic collage. Drop off from 8.45am, cost £35 per child for the day.
Then on Wednesday 26th October children (7+) can take part in a Mummy Mayhem workshop delving into the ancient world of the Egyptians and mummifying their own orange! seacitymuseum.co.uk

Ghastly Ghosts & Gin-Mares
Halloween around the world

WATCH OUT for spooky specials of devilish desserts and creepy cocktails at three of London’s top restaurants this Halloween’s Wicked Weekend.

Zuaya’s, Day of the Dead brings back to life the energy and flavours of Latin America with a Mexican Ghost Punch. A concoction of Mezcal Reposado and Rum Añejo gives it a smoky, rich depth and a cinnamon kick. The best Peruvian techniques are used to infuse milk with spices and lime zest to create an intense rich Delica Pumpkin Rice Rippling Pudding you’ll want to devour.

A cloud has descended upon the Italian Rivera at Como Garden to enjoy its signature Halloween cocktail, the Italian Dracula. Dark rum molasses with a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon is served suitably in a blood orange infused pumpkin. Como Garden’s Crispy Cream Curdling Profiteroles are filled with drool-worthy Sicilian green pistachio cream spilling out of the choux pastry.

Redeem your Spanish soul at El Norte and enjoy a Bloody Iberia, a cinnamon infused Gin Mare together with fresh Valencian citrus juice and triple sec liqueur bubbling out of punctured orange serve. To feed your sweet palate, El Norte has taken a traditional 10th century recipe for Bueñuelos de Viento and turned it on its head. Stuffing until they burst with a rich cream of Delica pumpkin and cardamom then coated with raspberry sugar.

The terrifyingly terrific staff are dressed to impress, ready and waiting so step inside….

Zuaya, 35B Kensington High St, London W8 5EB
www.zuaya.co.uk

Como Garden, 37-45 Kensington High St, London W8 5ED
www.comogarden.co.uk

El Norte, 19-20 Dover St, London W1S 4LU
www.el-norte.co.uk

TURN YOUR CHILD’S BEDROOM INTO A SPOOKTACULAR SETTING WITH HAPPY LINEN COMPANY’S GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BEDDING
• Frightfully fun glow-in-the-dark bedding designs available from Happy Linen Company
• Available in sizes toddler to double, children will love the chance to discover their favourite spooky friends this Halloween
• As part of Happy Linen Company’s Giving Back campaign, 25p from each product sold will be donated to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity
SPOOKIFYING your home with scary pumpkins and boney skeletons is an annual spectacle all kids look forward to, but why not take it one step further this year and transform their bedroom too.
From spookysaurus dino-characters to out of this world aliens, Happy Linen Company has a variety of frightfully fantastic bedding sets to put a pumpkin-sized smile on any child’s face this Halloween.
Even more spooktacular, all these monstrously charming bedding sets come with a glow-in-the-dark component to help brighten up little ones’ bedtimes every night for added magic.
For anyone making a purchase with Happy Linen Company this year – spooky or otherwise – they will be delighted to know that as part of their Giving Back campaign, Happy Linen Company will donate 25p from each product sale to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Spookysaurus Bedding – From £15
For the dino-obsessed child in your life at Halloween, they will love the new Spookysaurus glow-in-the-dark bedding set, complete with bone-chillin’, spooky dino-characters which are sure to make any child shriek with glee! Boasting a reversible star design, children and parents will love that they get two spooktastic designs for the price of one, and can enjoy the set long after the pumpkins are put away. Available in a range of sizes, from toddler to double, this set will help to brighten up any little ones’ bedtime.
Alien Adventure Bedding – From £17
If your child’s mind tends to wander, curious about the world and beyond, then they will love this Alien Adventure bedding set – complete with a glow-in-the-dark component, perfect for added sparkle this Halloween. Available in navy, and in sizes toddler to double, little ones will be able to explore outer space and beyond with their new alien friends.
Space Explorer Bedding – From £17
This magically glow-in-the-dark bedding set sparks discovery and delight for budding astronomers who love the solar system, as it transports them out of this world in the run up to Halloween. Educational and exciting, little ones can discover the wonders of the Milky Way thanks to the list of named planets, while discovering friendly astronauts and powerful rockets too. Available in sizes toddler to double, kids will love to transform their bedroom into a spooky intergalactic galaxy.

Space Unicorn Bedding – From £17
For kids who love to explore the solar system and enjoy making friends with mythical creatures, they will love this glow-in-the-dark unicorn bedding which allows them to discover the magical wonders of the Milky Way. The reversible design means little ones’ get two designs in one, and this bedding is available in sizes toddler to double, meaning children of all ages can get in on the spooky action.
For more information, visit www.happylinencompany.co.uk

DO YOU DARE TO ENTER FEAR ISLAND?
A WHOLE HOST OF HALLOWEEN HORRORS RETURN TO FANTASY ISLAND THIS OCTOBER

Halloween fans and fear-loving families get ready for some eerie-chills and spooky-thrills this October as Fear Island returns to Fantasy Island.

Combining fun and fear for the whole family, Fear Island’s month of scares kicks off from October 15th until 30th October, leaving plenty of times to conquer any fears.

This year is expected to be bigger, better, and spookier than ever before four scare mazes, a ghostly scare ride and even a swashbuckling stage show.

Not for the faint-hearted, can guests handle the Blood Bunker? Hidden deep beneath the ground, endure a deadly game of cat and mouse as you try to escape the labyrinth. Edward Slice and his murderous band of cohorts are on the hunt for prey and guests are in the wrong place at the wrong time!

Elsewhere, guests can tackle further scare mazes Scream Asylum and Villa Voodoo or for the not so brave, Spook Hunters, a haphazard ghost hunt led by Doctor Highgate designed for younger guests with just a dose of friendly fright!

On top of the hair-raising mazes, guests can also enjoy The Pirates of Fear Island, joining Captain Jackie and her motley crew of buccaneers aboard their ship The Flying Dutchman. Help the creepy crew find the treasure of Fear Island in an interactive stage show celebrating spooky season with plenty of shivers me timbers.

What’s more, there will also be spooktacular performances from the Circus of Scream, complete with fire-eaters and flash mob dances brining fun and fright for the whole family.

And for the first time at Fear Island, a brand-new scare ride – Millennium Darkness. Soar through the park like a bat out of hell as Fantasy Island’s number one rollercoaster Millennium takes on an unnerving change. This year guests will be able to buckle up and ride the infamous coaster blindfolded, adding an extra Halloween thrill to the popular ride.

Paige Harris, Head of Marketing at Fantasy Island, said: “Fear Island was a huge success last year and we’re ready for all the spooks and ghouls to arrive at the theme park once again. The team have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure Fear Island is bigger and better than ever before!

“With our brand-new scare ride, we’re upping the thrill this Halloween and we can’t wait to see who is up for the challenge! Fear Island is the perfect destination for families looking to get into the spooky spirit this Halloween, so we’ve made sure there’s plenty for the little ones to enjoy as well.”

Fear Island will also host a mesmerising firework display at Island Beach on Saturday 29th October after sunset.

Fear Island will open on from 15th October – 31st October, with all attractions open from 1pm – 6pm.

For further information, please visit the Fantasy Island website here: www.fantasyislandresort.co.uk/

Halloween: Why do we love being scared?
Plus expert picks: Top 11 films to watch this spooky season.

Halloween, the spookiest time of the year, is almost upon us. Carving bizarre faces into pumpkins, dressing-up in creepy costumes and watching the scariest movies we can bear are just some of Halloween’s most fun (?) traditions.

But, why do we enjoy being scared, and why do we love watching scary movies?
One of the first recognisable horror films was made 100 years ago, in 1922, it’s a genre that has definitely stood the test of time.

We asked Horror film boffin from the world famous MetFilm School, Pete Appleyard for his thoughts, he told us:

“It’s a pretty common question for horror fans, why do you like horror movies? Some people love to be scared, some love buckets of fake blood and the visceral thrill of the horror FX.

“For others it’s the fun of narratives that are not confined by the limitations of ‘real life’ and can go anywhere and do anything.

“At its best (and often at its worst) horror is diverse genre that can be made anywhere by anyone. It can be romantic, tragic, hilarious or have you on the edge of your seat. As the late, great Wes Craven once said “Horror films don’t’ create fear. They release it”.

“Perhaps that’s why we love them so much, it’s a safe way of confronting our fears.”
With that in mind, we asked Pete to share his top 11 recommendations of the best spine-chilling Horror films from around the world to help us scare ourselves silly this Halloween.

So, grab the snacks and remote (and a fluffy cushion to hide behind) and settle down for Pete’s macabre movie marathon…

To start with, the one where it all began…

1. Nosferatu – 1922
This early, unofficial adaptation of Dracula by F.W Murnau still holds every bit of its gothic power 100 years after it was made. It’s filled with iconic gothic imagery and features an amazing central performance by stage actor Max Schreck as the terrifying Count Orlock (who’s name translates as Max Fear). It also works as a wonderful introduction to silent film for those new to early cinema.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LOOhc2eML4

2. The Phantom of the Opera – 1925
This lavish production of Gaston Leroux’s novel marked a few important firsts for the horror genre. It was Universal studios first full-blown horror film, a genre they would go on to define in the 30s. It was a huge break out role for actor Lon Chaney who played the role of the Phantom in terrifying and physically torturous make up. However, the films biggest legacy is probably its Paris opera house set which remained standing on the Universal lot until 2014 and appeared in 100s of films and TV shows.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYvbaILyc2s

3. Dracula– 1931
Tod Browning’s screen adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel feels rather slow and quint by today’s standards but there is still a great deal of power to this slow burning gothic horror. Karl Freund’s expressionistic cinematography create some of the most striking cinematic images from the 1930’s and Bela Lugosi’s performance as Dracula is beyond iconic. Coming just 9 months before Universal’s Frankenstein, Dracula paved the way for Hollywood’s golden era of monsters.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoaMw91MC9k

4. Dead of Night – 1945
One of the few Horror films produced at Ealing Studios during its golden era, Dead of Night is one of the earliest examples of the Horror Anthology film. Essentially a collection of short films linked together by a wraparound story, the anthology format became a staple of British horror films through to the 70’s and 80’s but rarely was it done as well as here. The scenes of Michael Redgrave being menaced by an evil ventriloquist dummy remain terrifying to this day.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UCJz617E8s

5. The Quatermass Xperiment – 1955
Whilst Hammer films would go on to have huge success re-adapting the classic monsters of the 30’s with their own Dracula, Frankenstein & Mummy franchises, It’s this film version of the BBC sci-fi serial that marks the true beginning of ‘Hammer Horror’. The story of British astronauts returning to earth with an alien parasite was massively ahead of its time in the 50’s and shocked audiences with its brooding atmosphere and sudden bursts of violence. Hammer wore its ‘X’ rating with pride by incorporating it into the title.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlygJ9VfhVo

6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 1974
‘Who will survive and what will be left of them?’ asks the tag line for this grindhouse classic from Tobe Hooper. Banned for decades in the UK, Texas Chainsaw remains a uniquely powerful film. More refined and realistic than similar films such a ‘Last house on the left’, all of TCM’s scares come the relentless atmosphere and terrifying antagonist. Tellingly, there is almost no blood in the film but after leaving the cinema you feel like you have witnessed a slaughter.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3TILW0O_C0

7. Nightmare on Elm Street – 1984
The horror boom of the 80’s gave birth to a number of new horror icons but king amongst them has to be Wes Craven’s ultimate boogie man Freddy Kruger. A killer who stalks you in your dreams, Kruger was brought to life by the classically trained Robert Englund. Whilst the sequels are imaginative and fun it’s the original film that has all the scares, including a very gory encounter with a young Jonny Depp.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVh4lBfW-c

8. The Ring – 1999
The late 90’s saw and explosion in new Japanese horror cinema and the most terrifying of all has to be The Ring. The set up is simple, once you have watched the cursed VHS tape you have 7 days to live unless you pass the curse onto another. Blending MR James with Japanese folk law, The Ring is a slow burn of a film with an explosive and horrifying final. Forget the watered down American remake and numerous sequels, the original is the real deal.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Z-MOqAvtY

9. [REC] – 2007
This low budget Spanish zombie film breathed new life into the ‘found footage’ genre when it was released in the mid 2000’s. It’s the story of a small TV crew following a group of firefighters on an emergency call to an apartment building. The films simple set up, engaging characters and claustrophobic sets build to one of the most horrifying ‘what did I just see?’ endings in horror history. All in a lean 78 minutes.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeaUokzE9fI

10. Under the Shadow – 2016
Set in Tehran in the mid 1980’s, this war time ghost story is harrowing tale of a mother and her daughter trying to survive the oppression of a terrifying Djinn during a missile strike. Iranian-bord director Babak Anvari dials up the tension to an almost unbearable level in the final act whilst deftly balancing the scares with political commentary in the vein of George R. Romero.

Trailer:www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHVFP80Upxw

11. Censor – 2021
Set in the 80’s during the video nasty scare which saw countless horror films banned and re-cut in the UK, Censor is both a celebration of those forbidden and maligned works whilst telling its own dark parable about censorship and who gets a say in what we watch. Director (and MetFilm School tutor) Prano Bailey-Bonddelivers one of the smartest horror movies about horror since Wes Craven’s Scream whilst also delivering enough gore and shocks to make the 80s proud.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRrhXjH1M70

TRICK OR DIP: DOMINO’S DROPS
MUST-HAVE HALLOWEEN COSTUME

Sunday, 23rd October 2022: This Halloween, for the first time ever, streets across the country will be crowded with ghosts, ghouls and… GIANT Garlic & Herb dips!

If there’s one thing our nation loves, it’s taking the chance to dress as an icon for Halloween. So, this year, Domino’s has created a legendary get-up that will definitely raise the bar for ‘best-dressed’ this spooky season – a human size Garlic & Herb Dip!

Making this Halloween a scream, the nation’s favourite pizza company will be launching a limited-edition drop of these scarily good Garlic & Herb dip costumes just in time for Halloween weekend. The costumes have been released via Domino’s UK social channels – because there’s nothing scarier than running out of your favourite Garlic & Herb dip!

An empty (life-size!) Garlic & Herb dip might sound sad, but these fancy dips are not as sinister as they seem, as they come with a secret stash of everyone’s favourite dip to save you from any frights during the night.

Melanie Howe, Chief Garlic Dipper at Domino’s says, “We know our Garlic & Herb dip goes down a (trick or) treat with Domino’s lovers, so we’re super excited to launch this iconic costume and have dips roaming the nation’s streets this Halloween. For those who don’t manage to get their hands on a limited-edition costume, the Domino’s team will be on hand to slice up the perfect pizza whatever you get up to this Halloween”

Dropping exclusively across Domino’s UK social channels Garlic & Herb dip lovers can head over to @Dominos_UK and show us why they are scarily obsessed with the tasty icon to get their hands on the fun, fright, dipping delights. Fans have until Monday to stake their claim to a costume. Afterall, true icons don’t stick around for long, so the nation will need to be quick to snap them up before they are Garlic & Gone!

Spooky Cobweb Pizza

Ingredients
• 1 large ready-made pizza
• 1 tbsp tomato pizza sauce
• 150g tube of Primula Cheese
• 5 black olives
Method
1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
2. Spread the pizza sauce over the base and bake for 10 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven and use the Primula tube to pipe a cobweb pattern on top.
4. Slice the olives in half and garnish the cobweb with the pieces – so it looks like spiders.
5. Slice and serve.

Roasted Pumpkin on Sourdough

Ingredients
• 500g pumpkin, peeled and diced
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Pinch of chilli flakes
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 1 tbsp honey
• 1 loaf of sourdough bread, sliced
• 1 garlic clove, peeled
• 100g Primula Cheese
Method
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°
2. Arrange the pumpkin in a large, shallow baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter over chilli flakes. Add the chopped garlic cloves.
3. Roast for 25 – 30 minutes, or until tender and lightly charred. Remove from the oven, add a tablespoon of honey and mix well to coat the pumpkin. Set aside.
4. Toast the sourdough until golden. Remove from the toaster and gently rub with the remaining garlic clove. Top with Primula Cheese
5. Serve immediately.
Loaded Pumpkin Fries

Ingredients
• 1 medium-sized pumpkin
• 2 tsp cornflour
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp fajita seasoning
• 150g Primula Cheese
• Handful of fresh coriander, to garnish
Method
1. Using a sharp knife, slice the pumpkin in half. Scoop out the seeds and pulp.
2. Remove the ends from the pumpkin, peel and slice into fries.
3. Place the pumpkin fries in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let the fries soak for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight.
4. When the fries have finished soaking, pre-heat your oven to 220°
5. Drain the fries and pat dry with paper towels.
6. Fill a large zip-lock bag with the fries. Add the cornflour, seal the bag and shake to cover the fries. Add the oil and fajita seasoning to the fries and shake well, covering them evenly.
7. Spread the fries in a single layer on a lined baking tray. Allow the fries plenty of space to ensure they’re perfectly crisp. You may need a couple of trays.
8. Place in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until the fries are crisp and golden.
9. Remove from the oven. Squeeze over the Primula Cheese and scatter the coriander.
10. Serve immediately.
Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Rosti

Ingredients
• 600g mixed pumpkin and sweet potato, peeled and grated
• 2 eggs, for binding
• Handful of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• Olive oil
• 100g Primula Cheese
• 1 spring onion, sliced
• Lime wedges, optional
Method
1. Squeeze all of the water out of your grated pumpkin and sweet potato using an old tea-towel. Add the eggs and parsley. Season to taste then mix well.
2. Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Spoon a heaped tablespoon of the rosti mixture into the pan and cook for 2 minutes, until golden brown. Turn over and repeat.
3. Repeat until all of your mixture is gone.
4. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
5. Plate the rosti and top with Primula Cheese ‘n’ Chives. Garnish with spring onion and lime wedges.
6. Serve immediately.
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Sponge has now launched it’s spooky cake collection, perfect for enjoying Halloween and available in gluten-free too.

Halloween Brownie Decorating Kit from £16.95 / available from www.sponge.co.uk
Sponge’s unique Brownie Decorating Kit is the perfect way to get crafty this spooky season. The pack includes an undecorated Chocolate Brownie with a selection of Halloween decorations – including chocolate icing, bats, ghosts, and spiders!
Unsure where to start with your decorating? Why not check out a tutorial video available here.

Halloween Sponge Cake from £16.50 / available from www.sponge.co.uk
Sponge’s Halloween Cake is their devilish take on their original chocolate sponge cake. The sponge layers are sandwiched together with ghoulish green buttercream and topped with orange icing, and then topped with multicoloured Halloween sprinkles and ghoulish faces. It’s sure to make a spooky snack to sink your teeth into this Halloween.
Each cake is delivered straight to your door, complete with Sponge’s cutting guide for perfect portion sizes every time!

Gluten Free Halloween Sponge Cake from £17.50 / available from www.sponge.co.uk
Sponge’s Gluten Free Halloween Cake caters for dietary needs without compromising on great texture, flavours and taste. Packed with ghoulish green buttercream and loaded with spooky sprinkles, this sweet treat is sure to provide the perfect festive (but fresh) snack this Halloween. Each cake is delivered straight to your door, serves 8 and comes complete with Sponge’s cutting guide for perfect portion sizes every time!

Halloween Colouring Cake from £24.50 / available from www.sponge.co.uk
Get creative this Halloween with Sponge’s creepy Colouring Cake – topped with a Halloween stencil to paint in your favourite flavoured cake pens. Choose between a Victoria Sponge and a Chocolate Brownie, with a colouring in topper and pack of colourful cake pens included. Fun for the whole family and delivered straight to your door.

HALLOWEEN 2022: 5 GHOULISHLY GOOD COSTUMES FROM FILM AND TV TO WEAR THIS YEAR

On October 31st, children across the country will be dressing up, going trick-or-treating, and then gorging themselves on sweets and chocolate. Elsewhere, adults will be attending Halloween parties and events, while others will be hunkering down with a sinister slasher film.

To enjoy the frightening festivities in all there g(l)ory, you need a suitably creepy costume to fit the bill. And with Halloween only weeks away – time is running out to grab the perfect outfit.

Luckily, online Marketplace OnBuy.com has you sorted. From vintage classics such as Dracula to viral sensations like Squid Game, there’s something for everyone.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Vampires are synonymous with Halloween, and the undead bloodsuckers have been featured abundantly across fIlm and TV.

This year, the OG Prince of Darkness, Count Dracula returned to cinema screens – as the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula was re-released, to mark its 30th anniversary.

Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Sir Anthony Hopkins, this iconic horror won three Academy Awards.

This Halloween, forget Edward from Twilight or Count von Count, you can get your Dracula on with this classic costume.
• True Vampire Dracula Costume, £55.43 – Buy from OnBuy

Pennywise

Apparently, roughly one in 10 people suffer from coulrophobia, or fear of clowns.

We’d wager that most, if not all of these cases, are because of Pennywise – the terrifying evil clown entity from Stephen King’s novel IT.

Pennywise was portrayed by Bill Skarsgård in the latest film adaption of the book, but first the villain was immortalised by Tim Curry in a 1990 miniseries.

This Halloween, you can bring this creepy clown to life.
• Mens Adults Pennywise Clown Suit, £28.99 – Buy from OnBuy

Squid Game

Squid Game took the world by storm when it debuted on Netflix last year.

The South Korea survival thriller was an instant hit with audiences, and produced many meme-afied moments.

With Season Two slated for release next year, why not revisit the hit show this Halloween, and dress up as a ruthless pink soldier.
• Squid Game Mask, £4.75 – Buy From OnBuy

Cher from Clueless

Okay, so Clueless is not strictly a scary movie – but this is a classic costume.

It may be scary to hear that Clueless debuted in cinemas in 1995, nearly 30 years ago – but that is besides the point.

Arguably the iconic outfits from the iconic 90’s film, Clueless is a coming of age movie starring Alicia Silverstone as wealthy high schooler Cher Horowitz.

Cher’s yellow chequered jacket and skirt combo is a cultural touchstone for 90’s kids – and has been referenced in music videos, TV shows, and beyond.

Now you can replicate the look and be the talk of your Halloween party, as you ‘roll with your homies’.
• Clueless Cher Costume, Medium, £34.97 – Buy From OnBuy

V for Vendetta mask

Released in 2005, dystopian political thriller V for Vendetta quickly became a cult classic.

Based on the comic book of the same name, V for Vendetta depicts a futuristic Britain which is run by an authoritative political party.

Masked crusader V leads the charge against the facist regime, and is disguised in his Guy Fawkes mask.

This mask is an easy and low effort Halloween costume – perfect is you need something quick and easy.
• V for Vendetta Mask Halloween, £11.89 – Buy From OnBuy

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