Halloween has always been an event in the UK but it is definitely becoming more of the big celebration it is in America. When I was younger me and all my friends, accompanied by my friends dad, used to go out trick or treating down our road. Neighbours would have been pre warned (not that we knew that) and some would try to spook us by jumping out from behind a tree when we entered their garden or dressing up in costumes to scare us.
I remember one year our “trick” for anyone who wouldn’t give us sweets (aka poor adults who had been asked to let us play a trick) was to get a matchstick box and pretend there was a spider in it, when it was actually filled with flour. The person would be invited to lean down to peek inside the box to see the spider and as you slid the lid open you would blow sharply to send a cloud of flour coating the surprised victim! I got told off a few times for blowing too hard and filling their hallway with a layer of white flour. hee hee.
Another Halloween memory from my childhood was a great party my mum threw, the games included “mummies hide and seek” where you partnered up and it was a race to wrap your partner up in loo roll until they were a complete mummy then you had to run and hide. Your mummified partner would then count to 50, burst out of their paper constraints and try to come find you. The last to be found was the winner!
There was also apple bobbing and “Flour mountain” which was a game where you put a mountain of flour on a plate (use a large bowl as a mold) with one sweet placed on the top. Each party guest took it in turns to take a spoonful of flour from the mountain without letting the sweet fall. Whoever made the sweet fall down had to place their hands behind their back and try to pick up the sweet using only their mouth! There were lots of messy faces with this game!
For Halloween this year we decided to have a few people over as part house-warming/ part Halloween party and I decided the theme of the food would be ‘kids party’. I have included two of my ideas in this post so that I can share them before Halloween! I’ll be making the rest at the weekend and will share them on Facebook and twitter!
The “Worms in Mud” is individual portions of my Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese served in foam cups with the spaghetti dangling out the top like worms. I stuck a basil leaf out of the top to make them look more like plant pots 🙂
The Mouldy polenta is coloured with spinach puree and flavoured with vegetarian parmesan cheese. I served mine to look like they were spilling out of a bin bag (gross!).
To make these you will need to cook the polenta according to the packet instructions (Mine was 50g of polenta to 200ml water and I used 250g polenta to feed 12 as part of a buffet). Then stir in around 70g grated parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper and some pureed cooked spinach and stir well. Pour the polenta onto a baking sheet or large plate and allow to set for approx 1 hour.
Then slice the set polenta into sticks and pan fry in some oil until crispy. Serve hot!
Other food I plan to serve mainly came from pinterest searches and are perfect for an adult worthy Halloween party based on kids party food.