By now you know that I love Halloween and since my birthday is the day before Halloween, I like to go all out. Over the years I have found really quick ways to trick-out some treats, so I’ve compiled a list of my favourites that genuinely are cheap and easy to do.
I picked up this brain jelly mould from Morrisons for £2.
It holds 1.5 litres of jelly (3 packets).
You can serve your jelly brains with ice cream or custard. Both are delicious and won’t break the bank.
Creepy Jelly Brains
If eating jelly brains isn’t gross enough for you, you can pick up some worm candy and white chocolate mice. Most shops in the UK stock these. If you don’t spot them in the sweetie isle, try the Pick ‘n Mix section.
Carefully push the worms into the brains, so that the jelly doesn’t break too much. Grab a fork and mess up a section, so that it looks half eaten and place the mice around it.
I added a bit of blue food colouring to my custard to turn it into green slime.
Dismembered Chocolate Bark
The gummy sweets are from Wilko’s Pick ‘n Mix and the chocolate is just plain milk chocolate that has been melted. I like cutting the chocolate pieces so that the gummies get cut too. Don’t the chopped-up brains look extra gory?
Body Part Cupcakes
I used the left-over body part gummies and placed them on store bought cupcakes, with store bought black icing. You can make your own cupcakes and icing but if you are in a time (or money) pinch, this is a great alternative.
12 fairy cakes cost £1 and most supermarkets carry pre-made black frosting during October.
I used store bought fairy cakes again but made my own blue butter cream icing this time. I found the edible eyes at Tesco for £1.20.
If you have a piping bag, use a 3mm round piping nozzle to make the squiggly monster hair. If you don’t have a piping bag, just put some icing in a sandwich bag and cut a small hole in one of the bottom corners to create a make shift piping bag.
You’ll need about 20 salted pretzel knots for each 100g of white chocolate, some food coloring and some edible eye decorations.
Simply melt the chocolate in the microwave in small, 5 to 10 second bursts, and add some food coloring once completely melted.
Dip the pretzels into the chocolate and place them on a plate. The chocolate will run a bit, but this will create the individual monster shapes. Place an eye on each pretzel before the chocolate sets.
100g of melted white chocolate will cover a whole bag of salted pretzels. I just used a spoon to drizzle over the chocolate and placed some eyes on a few.
These are simply bananas cut in half, dipped into white chocolate and then frozen. I added purple food colouring and used some of the left-over green chocolate from the monsters, to make the stripes, but they aren’t necessary at all. You want to keep these frozen right up until they will be eaten because they become quite sticky and messy as they thaw.
I found the ice cream sticks in the craft section at Wilko.
It doesn’t matter what you are drinking. Be it water, lemonade, gin or even vodka, all you need is a little bit of food colouring.
If you want to keep the kids entertained, orange or berry squash is just as creepy this time of year.
Loads of shops are selling affordable glassware in shapes such as pumpkins and skulls at the moment. If you don’t want to buy new glasses, you can look for themed stickers. I found these at Morrisons for £2.