'Just' vanilla cupcakes with orange fondant and black fondant handmade spiders, she says!
Have some fun with the kids and give it a go! Use natural food colourings to keep things safe and enjoyable. Lets face it, these days you can always buy the plain cupcakes if there's no time to bake! There's really no excuse!
I personally, don't celebrate these days, as my kids are all grown up, but I have to admit to not being 100% comfortable with Trick or Treating anyway. I always had the bowls of candy at the ready, of course and I used to send my hubby out with the kids in the late October wind and rain. I just couldn't say no! However, many of my friends wouldn't let their children partake in any shape or form and I definitely understood why! I mean, all that knocking on strangers doors begging for sweets! Very strange and often quite scary for the old and vulnerable.
Back then, the best scenario for us as a family was a little dress up party and some fancy baking! Far more civilized altogether. We made a big thing out of carving the pumpkins which was also far more enjoyable than my childhood halloween turnip 'carvery'! Pumpkins yield far easier than a rock hard turnip, I can assure you!
As time went by I did start decorating the house with various spooky paraphernalia. Mainly, because TK MAX started to stock all the American halloween bumf and such. I sort of fell into it really. Mostly, we lived in the country, so it would have been a surprise to get any halloween visitors! Mind you Jehovah Witnesses still managed to find their way to our front door! With visitors highly unlikely, my daughter would have a few little friends round and we had fun nonetheless.
What is Halloween all about anyway? Obviously, it's been hijacked by commercialism and is huge in the USA. In the last decade it has filtered out around the world. Mostly its a costume competition and the perfect excuse to eat your own weight in sugar! Why not!
All Hallows Eve is in fact a religious celebration. A christian celebration of the evening before All Saints day. Celts believed that on Samhain, the walls between our world and the spirit world became thin enough to allow ghosts to pass through and damage their crops.
To mark the event, people would build huge bonfires to burn crops and give animal sacrifices to the gods.
Huge feasts would be held and people would try and tell each other’s fortunes.
All Hallows’ Eve began in the eight century as a Christianised version of Samhain.
Christians would honour saints and pray for souls who had not yet reached heaven.
For us mere mortals it's just an excuse for a little light hearted fun! Thank goodness for that eh!