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Anyone planning to do a Halloween tea for DGC?

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lemongrove Wed 13-Oct-21 19:02:54

Thought we may do a Halloween tea for the DGC as this year (and last year) their parents don’t want them to go door to door as they usually do.Anyone else doing this, and what are you planning to serve?

Witzend Thu 14-Oct-21 19:25:25

No, we’ll be here, with a pumpkin in the window, dishing out mini packs of Smarties or whatever to local kids.

Gdcs (1 1/2 hours away) will almost certainly be having a riotous do with friends at home, though. I’ve bought them a spooky light-up house (a fiver from M&S, not plastic), some pumpkin-face fairy lights (also not plastic) and some glow in the dark balloons. Dd always sends lots of WhatsApp pics so I dare say Halloween will be no exception.

I always make our pumpkin into a Thai style spicy soup the next day - waste not want not!

Georgesgran Thu 14-Oct-21 19:06:43

My daughter lives on a new estate, mostly young families.
Halloween is quite a big thing, as it isn’t religious, so everyone can join in. A pumpkin outside or in the window indicates it’s ok to knock for a sweet and all the children taking part are accompanied by an adult.
Harmless fun.

lemongrove Thu 14-Oct-21 16:13:41

Monica 😄

lemongrove Thu 14-Oct-21 16:12:17

Thank you maggie 😃 I think the children will really enjoy it, and the adults may do as well.wine
Galaxy ah the old excuse ‘twas the devil made me do it’!😁
I think maybe you are well named for eating chocolate at any opportunity.🍩🍪🍫
In fact, a Halloween tea is a better idea than children knocking on doors really, and they will still dress up.
Thought I would download a few spooky songs too, Monster Mash etc.

Amberone Thu 14-Oct-21 14:46:34

We don't have anyone in the family close by at the moment so no Halloween parties but some great ideas on here for food. Our Halloween parties used to be a highlight of the year - everyone all dressed up and children allowed to stay up and about in the dark. Somewhere we have a hilarious picture of two ghosts, a witch and a devil disappearing down our neighbours' garden path, holding plates of burgers, baked potatoes and stuffed apples and the witch balancing her broomstick over her shoulder and under her chin to leave her hands free.

I don't mind Halloween at all, but have no time for Trick-or-Treating - I might be a bit biased after having my windscreen showered with eggs one night some years ago when I was driving home from work on a busy road. It was a nightmare to get clean.

M0nica Thu 14-Oct-21 14:43:05

'with green custar', text surplus to requirements.

M0nica Thu 14-Oct-21 14:42:01

I did it a couple of years ago. I served hot dogs, frankfurters and lots of tomato sauce - described as Finger Food -.

Also served a dish which has become a Halloween standard for some reason. Blackberry and apples stewed together and served with custard with green custar, ordinary custard and green colouring,. I named it 'Slime and Grime'.

Names are very important with Halloween food.

Witzend Thu 14-Oct-21 13:12:16

Newquay

Absolutely not! Am sick of the way this ghastly American has become such a big thing. It’s not celebrated in any way in our family. When our children were little DH used to entertain them at the back of the house with “no trick or treat” poster on the door while I sat in with an elderly Neighbour who was so frightened by children coming to her house after dark.
We have no trick or treat posters for our door and our lovely young neighbours leave us alone.
Why celebrate evil? We need good even more so at the mo IMHO

It’s really not evil - just a bit of spooky fun for the children, with sweets thrown in.

Galaxy Thu 14-Oct-21 12:06:40

Dunno lemongrove, I make spider cookies topped with Maltesers, I ate 3 at once last year, obviously the devils work.

Maggiemaybe Thu 14-Oct-21 12:06:28

We ducked for apples at our parties as well, something I remember doing as a child. It might be a bit messy, though!

Maggiemaybe Thu 14-Oct-21 12:01:44

And it’s not American either (not that I can ever understand why “American” is often seen as a negative concept). Halloween, or a similar festival at this time of year, has been marked in one form or another in the British Isles for centuries!

Hope your party goes well, lemongrove.

lemongrove Thu 14-Oct-21 10:39:01

Evil? A fun little tea for the children? I don’t think so for a moment.
Thanks to all who have suggested food items, I now have some good ideas.😃🎃

Shelflife Thu 14-Oct-21 09:09:49

My GC ' celebrate' it . Not my thing though!!!!!

DiscoDancer1975 Thu 14-Oct-21 09:04:42

No...absolutely don’t acknowledge it at all.

Newquay Thu 14-Oct-21 08:55:43

Absolutely not! Am sick of the way this ghastly American has become such a big thing. It’s not celebrated in any way in our family. When our children were little DH used to entertain them at the back of the house with “no trick or treat” poster on the door while I sat in with an elderly Neighbour who was so frightened by children coming to her house after dark.
We have no trick or treat posters for our door and our lovely young neighbours leave us alone.
Why celebrate evil? We need good even more so at the mo IMHO

Susan56 Thu 14-Oct-21 08:21:38

Hadn’t thought about doing this but DD and little family coming to stay for a couple of days so think I will do a gruesome tea for DGS!

Dorsetcupcake61 Thu 14-Oct-21 07:35:51

I used to have lots of Halloween parties when my daughters were growing up,many happy memories!
There are so many brilliant ideas online. Two of my favourites are.
Tea cake spiders. All you need are a pack of the chocolate tea cakes with the marshmallows in the centre and some strawberry laces. The more solid laces are best.
Simply cut the laces to the right size and attach to the tea cake as legs with either some icing or melted chocolate. Draw the eyes and mouth of the spider with an icing pen. Leave to set.
For a ghost cake cook a sponge in a pudding basin and drape with white fondant icing. The eyes/ mouth can either be drawn on with black icing or cut out of black fondant icing.
For savoury the mummies fingers are yummy. You can also decorate mini pizzas with scary faces using olives/pepper etc.
Particularly nice is pumpkin soup. Fry pumpkin in a little butter with onion,garlic and a red or yellow pepper. Add fresh or dried chilli to taste . Add stock ,simmer until tender and then blend until smooth.

nanna8 Thu 14-Oct-21 00:41:10

My DH birthday so we will have a cake etc but nothing to do with Hallowe’en. My daughter tricks up their house and hands out lollies to the local kids, too American for me. I prefer the Christian festivals personally.

Urmstongran Wed 13-Oct-21 22:41:04

We’ve been invited over to theirs. Two excited children will be dressed up and ready to ‘spook’ us once we’re in their hallway!
🧙‍♀️ 🎃

V3ra Wed 13-Oct-21 22:40:42

As a Hallowe'en party game one year we made spiders out of plastic golf training balls (the hollow ones with holes in), pipe cleaners and sticky eyes.
The children really enjoyed it 🕷️

crazyH Wed 13-Oct-21 22:33:15

No - but I think the sons and their families are doing something - I think I’ve been invited but no time given yet 😩

Ro60 Wed 13-Oct-21 22:26:32

Hadn't thought to, but a great idea! I have GD for tea once a week & always try to do something different.
I vaguely recall something in jelly in a magazine for dessert?

agnurse Wed 13-Oct-21 22:04:00

You can also make witch's finger cookies! A friend of my parents' used to make them. While I don't have an exact recipe, I recall them as being similar to a sugar cookie, in a log shape, with some pink food colouring smeared at one end (simulate blood) and an almond sliver at the other (fingernail).

PinkCakes Wed 13-Oct-21 20:36:10

What a lovely idea! And such fun for children. I think I'll try the "mummies" and the "witches' fingers.

Maggiemaybe Wed 13-Oct-21 20:10:53

No plans as yet for this year, but I have in the past made mummies from hotdog sausages wrapped in puff pastry strips and broomsticks from twiglets with cut up cheese slices wrapped round and tied with chives. Witches’ blood tomato soup served in the plastic cauldron. Ghoulish faces on mini pizzas. Pinterest has some great ideas.