5 tips to a Spooky Halloween

This year Halloween is going to be a little different as our favourite traditions of trick or treating on our neighbour’s doors will now turn into a Halloween at home, that will we will never forget (don’t worry it will still include plenty of sweets!) We have some really great ideas for you, such as trick or treat ideas at home and trying your hand at making some equally cute and creepy treats, including ghoulish cupcakes decorated with spiderweb icing and “poison” toffee apples, which you can enjoy with a classic Halloween film such as “Hocus Pocus”

Let us help you out with some more ideas…

1. Decorate Your Home

The epitome of Halloween is of course a carved pumpkin. Adding them to your doorstep, on 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? Choose one of our rustic crates or honey rattan baskets to create a rustic display filled with pumpkins. You could make them extra spooky for Halloween by adding in some cobwebs and toy spiders on the crates for a little bit of fun for the children! Then you can keep your crates and baskets for storage afterwards!

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, 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 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 At Home

Why not try treat or treating at home? Let the children dress up in their costume of choice and place some tricks and treats in each room in the house and garden for the children to find.

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.

Don’t forget to give the children a helping hand with one of our wicker shopping baskets to help them collect their treats. The basket can then be reused to display fruit, pumpkins or flowers.

4. Seek Out A Real Witch

“Double double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble”

Just 5 miles from us set back in the bewitching village of Burley, deep within in 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 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 Fright Night In

Nights in autumn 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” for children or for a musical comedy horror, choose the Rocky Horror Picture Show for a fun Halloween date night in. Then treat yourself to an indulgent hot chocolate to enjoy with it the film or enjoy it with one of your bottles from the Burley Cider Pantry!

Make a feast of snacks such as popcorn, Halloween biscuits and 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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