As it’s the first Halloween in my own apartment, I’ve gone the extra zombie mile to make sure it’s a good one. From quirky decorations to spooktacular baking, here’s everything I did to get in the Halloween spirit (see what I did there) – and ways you can too!
My family have never been massive Halloween fans; buying sweets for the trick or treaters and carving a pumpkin is as far as they normally go. But luckily, as a child I had friends who loved it. So for me, Halloween is filled with great memories, and I wanted to add a little touch of that to my apartment this year.
With the flat being fairly new, I’m still a little reluctant to stick things here and there in case I get told off by the landlord (first world problems). That’s why I hunted for cheap and quirky decorations to put in my flat that wouldn’t break the bank or any of the apartment.
This year, there are amazing and cheap things in all supermarkets, but specifically both Aldi and Lidl. But it was Aldi where I got my cute little Halloween fairy lights for just £3.99. I also got a few things from Home Bargains – skeleton and pumpkin hanging ornaments and a hanging sign that says ‘creepy’ which all came to just under £5.
And of course, we carved a pumpkin and named him Percy. He was £2 from Tesco. But he has already started to mould and it’s not even Halloween yet! Poor Percy.
I’ve never been much of a chef or a baker, but I’ve seen so many cool Halloween inspired cakes, cookies and cocktails on instagram and Pinterest this year, so I had to try some.
Tesco released the ‘spider cookie’, which really caught my eye: https://realfood.tesco.com/step-by-step/how-to-make-spider-cookies.html
But with cookies already on my to-do list, I decided to make them as cupcakes. And here they are:
I just made normal plain fairy cakes and then with black icing I added a dollop in the centre, and then placed a Malteaser on the icing and drew four lines on each sides for the spiders legs. I also bought some edible eyes which I used white icing to stick to the Malteaser – that was the trickiest part. And that’s it, all done!
Next was my choclate chip cookies, and even though they didn’t look the best, they actually tasted the nicest. With these, I just made a cookie dough and placed chocolate chips inside and put them in the oven for about 15 minutes. I then covered them in white icing and when dried, I used the same black icing to write ‘boo’ and ‘eek’. Funnily though, I did accidentally write ‘Bob’ and “Ekk’ on two haha!
I gave baking a good go, but bought some of the other treats. The best ones I bought where these really creepy ‘witches fingers’, which were the most delicious creamy treat on a cold October night.
This year, I decided to go as a snake. I’m going to do a whole blog post on my outfit and make-up because I can write so much about it which will be available very soon here:
But here’s a sneak preview…
I hope you have a lovely Halloween this year whatever you’re doing. It’s such a great time to have fun, experiment with make-up, food and decorations and so much more.