5 tips to a Spooky Halloween

It’s one of our favourite times of the year, where nature has transformed into a haven of autumnal hues and the dusty golden sunbeams that spotlight through coffee-coloured woodlands, reminding us that Halloween is on its way. We have some great ideas for you, such as trick or treat ideas and trying your hand at making some delicious homemade sweets, including ghoulish “poison” toffee apples, which you can enjoy with a classic Halloween film such as “Hocus Pocus”.

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1. Decorate Your Home For Halloween

The epitome of Halloween is of course a pumpkin. Adding them to your window sill or even above the fireplace are some popular places to put them, but why not add a creative spin with some Halloween displays in your home this year? Style your home with some chic and spooky accessories like white pumpkins and pine cones on your coffee table in a wicker display basket, along with tall black candle sticks for a dynamic effect. Choose one of our rustic foraging baskets to create a display filled with pumpkins. You could make them extra spooky for Halloween by adding in some cobwebs and toy spiders on the baskets for a little bit of fun for the children! Then you can keep your baskets for storage afterwards!

Don’t forget to decorate your doorstep! Welcome your trick or treaters with a beautifully decorated doorstep, filled with pumpkins, scary accessories and twinkly lights to let trick or treaters know that you’re home!

2. Make “Poison” Toffee Apples

Imitating the cauldron belonging to a trio of witches, these simple yet clever poison toffee apples are ingenious as they are simple to make yet look really effective!

Poison Toffee Apples For Halloween


12 Granny Smith apples

12 Wooden apple sticks or dowels

1 1/2 Cup of sugar

1/2 Cup of light corn syrup

1 tsp of black gel paste food colouring

Simply add the sugar, corn syrup and 3/4 cups of water into a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Whisk until the sugar dissolves and stop stirring until slightly thickened. Add in the food colouring and swirl the pan until the colour mixes in completely. Poke your sticks or dowels into your washed, dried apples and dip the apples in the mixture. Place on a baking tray and set aside, Ta-da!

3. Trick Or Treat Baskets

No costume is complete without a basket to carry sweets in. Let the children dress up in a costume of their choice and choose one of our charming wicker children’s shopping baskets to help them collect their treats. The best part is that you can re-use these gorgeous baskets to display fruit, flowers or pumpkins.

Do you get trick-or-treaters knocking on your door? A fun idea would be to perhaps make a bowl of DIY “slime” that the children can dig into and rummage around looking for treats.

4. The Most Famous Witch In Britain

“Hubble bubble, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble”

Just 5 miles from us set back in the bewitching village of Burley, deep within the New Forest National Park, lies the tale of Sybil Leek. Dubbed as “Britain’s most famous witch” Sybil Leek lived amongst New Forest gypsies (along with her pet Jackdaw), where she learned everything there is to know about the New Forest and astrology. She opened up 3 antique shops, one of which still stands today as “The Coven Of Witches”. This charming little village is a great spot to take children for a day out and whilst you’re there, make sure you pick up some fudge and sample some local cider from The Cider Pantry – it’s the best!

5. Cosy Halloween Fright Night In

Autumn evenings are ultimately the cosiest nights of the year. There’s nothing quite like cosy-ing up to a roaring log fire with a plush blanket, ready for some terrific Halloween favourite films, such as the 90’s classic “Hocus Pocus” or for a musical comedy horror, choose the Rocky Horror Picture Show for a fun Halloween date night in. If you have children, try the “Hotel Transylvania” series for an adorable Halloween favourite. Then treat yourself to an indulgent hot chocolate to enjoy with the film, or enjoy it with one of your bottles from the Burley Cider Pantry!

Make a feast of snacks such as popcorn, and Halloween biscuits then why not bake some sumptuous spiderweb cupcakes to enjoy with your film?

Trunk or Treat?

After Halloween is over, tidy away the costumes for next year amongst the rest of your summer clothes into one of our stylish storage trunks, as now it’s time to get all of your autumnal and winter gear out for the change of season.

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