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Halloween – What’s on?

1 Oct

If you’re stuck for where to go this Halloween weekend I can thoroughly recommend the Halloween Raveyard at The Vaults in Waterloo. I’ve been going for a few years now, and the depth of decoration and interaction has never ceased to amaze me. It’s pretty cheap, it’s in a set of underground abandoned railway arches, they have zombies, a band, a rave room, and a chill out room – it’s pretty amazing! The people who go put a massive effort into their costumes, so get that special effect make up out and go wild!

Tickets can be bought here www.thevaults.london/halloween-raveyard-2017 at £18 each for Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October 2017.

Verdict 9 / 10 (this would be a 10 if they had more bar ares, service is slow! And air conditioning as its really hot in there!)

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Halloween Recipe time! Skippy Spooky Cookies

25 Oct

It can be so boring handing out pre-packaged sweets to the trick or treaters at your door or the guests at your Halloween party. I love baking, and adore peanut butter so thought that I would give Skippy’s Spooky Cookies a try this year. They were so easy to make and the recipe is pretty simple:

Ingredients
·         1 jar of Smooth SKIPPY® Peanut Butter

·         340g cups all-purpose flour

·         1 teaspoon baking powder

·         1 teaspoon baking soda

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

·         170g butter

·         150g granulated sugar

·         165g firmly packed brown sugar

·         2 large eggs

·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

experiement

Directions:

1.      Heat oven to 180°C/ 350°F.

2.      In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well.

3.      In large bowl, beat together peanut butter and margarine with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in granulated and brown sugars, then eggs and vanilla until blended. Beat in flour mixture just until blended.

4.      Shape dough into 1-inch balls. On ungreased baking sheets, arrange cookies 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly golden. If decorating like spiders, remove to cool on baking sheets 2 to 3 minutes. Decorate to look like spiders, if desired.

5.      If decorating like spiders, gently press mini chocolate button or chunk into top of each cookie while still warm. When chocolate starts to melt, attach thin pretzel “legs” by placing end of pretzel into melted chocolate. Cool completely then attach mini coated candy pieces for “eyes” and mini sugar pearls for “pupils” with peanut butter.

SKIPPY® Peanut Butter has a RRP of £2.25 per 340g jar and is available in Smooth and Super Crunch varieties, which are currently available in major UK supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Ocado.

Toffee Apples – Pink Lady Style!

24 Oct

It’s the run up to Halloween weekend, and a great time to spoil your family and friends with sweet treats. Here’s a great recipe to get started – Toffee Apples – Pink Lady Style!

Ingredients

4 – Pink Lady® Apples
400g – Caster sugar
50g – Salted butter
3tbsp – Golden syrup
1tbsp – Cider vinegar
100ml – Water
4 – Thick wooden sticks

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Full preparation

Place the Pink Lady® apples into a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for a few minutes, as this will help the sugar syrup stick better. Remove the apples and dry with kitchen paper. Remove the stalks of the apples and push the wooden sticks through the top to create the handle.
Measure out all of the ingredients and put them all (except the apples) into a medium heavy-based saucepan with deep sides, as you will need to tip to the saucepan to the side while dipping the apples into the sugar syrup. Line a baking tray with parchment paper for when the apples are ready.
Heat the sugar mix on a medium low heat and let it bubble away for a good 10 minutes. The most accurate way to know when the sugar syrup is ready is to use a cooking thermometer; you want the sugar syrup to reach 143 -150°c. Or alternatively if you do not have a thermometer you can place a small amount of the mixture into a bowl of cold water and if it separates into threads that are hard but not brittle, then it is ready.
Once the sugar syrup has reached 143-150°c, turn off the heat and keep stirring to remove all the bubbles and to cool it down slightly. If the sugar syrup is too hot then it will run off the apple so you need to wait until the mixture looks like syrup with no bubbles, which is around 120°c.
Carefully place your apple with the wooden stick into the sugar syrup and tilt the pan to get best coverage for your apple. Keep rotating the apple in the mix to coat. Hold the apple above the pan and keep rotating until the sugar cools and holds its shape better. When you think its holding well place the apple onto the lined tray to cool. Repeat the process with the remaining apples.

Halloween Party Prep – The good the bad and the frightful!

27 Oct

There is a lot of tat out there on the shelves for this Halloween. Parties are getting bigger and better, we have more and more americanized with our love of the holiday! i thought that I would share with you some of the best products out there this year, to avoid disappointment!

Zombie Gnome

The Zombie Gnome is one of my absolute favourites this year, a must have for on the lawn or table at a halloween themed party. it is as hilarious as it is genius, and at £11.95 from Genie Gadget it will not break the bank either. At 30 cm tall and very sturdy I think I will keep mine out all year!

Grr!

Verdict: 10 / 10
DIY Halloween

I love the mouldable glue range from Sugru – perfect for any Halloween projects. It’s bendy, rubbery texture makes it a versatile material and once it cures for 24 hours it is really strong too.

Get Crafty!

Get Crafty!

 

Verdict: 8 / 10
Zippo

Get those pumpkins lit with these funky lighters from Zippo. I love the Halloween designs, and with such an ageless brand you know that these lighters will last a long time. Prices start from £20 and they are available at www.zippo.co.uk

Spooky

Spooky

 

Vampire

Vampire

 

Skull

Skull

Verdict: 9 / 10

 

Trick or treat!

When it comes to chocolate at Halloween you cannot beat Cadbury’s. Value for money, great taste, and I love the new halloween range!

Cadbury Screme Egg – 40g RRP two £0.65 for one, £1.00 for two

Yum!

Yum!

Cadbury Crunchy Spider- 30g RRP £0.55 for one, £1.00 for two

Great for on the table

Great for on the table

Verdict: 8 / 10
Halloween Make up

If you are on a budget, don’t buy separate pots of face paint this Halloween look for an all in one kit. Asda have a great range this year, I love the skelaton kit for £3. I actually used this and some old green eyeshadow that I had lying around to make my wicked witch face this year!

Verdict: 8 / 10

All in one kit

All in one kit

 

Zombie kit is great for witches too!

The kit is great for witches too!

 

I also love thier kiddie range, this trick or treat goody bag is very cute for £1.50!

 

Cute!

Cute!

Bake your own treats

Shop bought is easy, but nothing beats home-made treats. Use these cute/spooky (delete as appropriate) but certainly delicious cake decorations from Cake Angels and really impress your guests.

 

Sprinkles

Sprinkles

Toppers

Toppers

Verdict: A delicious 8 / 10

Cute Alert: Happy Halloween from Dexter and Cleo

31 Oct
Happy Halloween from Cleo

Happy Halloween from Cleo

Trick or (Cat) Treat

Trick or (Cat) Treat

Budget Halloween Costumes

28 Oct

As far as budget Halloween costume  ideas go it doesn’t get any cheaper than traditional zombie, vampire or ghost.

Vampire

With the right make up, spooky eyes and fangs you can wear any clothing that you already own to complete the look. I can recommend that Scarecrow Love Fangs (available at Amazon for £11 or for ebay £9) these fangs are smaller than most and glue over your own teeth with a special mixture. To begin with they were fiddly, tasted horrible and took a long time to set (I had to do one tooth all over again) but once set they lasted from 8pm – 2am when I took them out. I get the feeling they would have lasted all night so long as I didn’t eat anything! I did however buy a back up tube of denture glue for £2.89 just in case the mixture provided with the fangs didn’t work – as I had read some reviews recommending that I do that. They were really realistic; the smaller size meant they felt comfortable in my mouth after a while, although I never did quite learn to talk without a lisp! To break down the outfit costs:

– Spooky eyes £10 (last one month so can be worn continuously in the day time, or on multiple occasions)
– Fangs £8
– Fake blood £1 (large bottle will last for years)
– Clothes, make up, accessories already owned.

Total = £19

 

Scarecrow Lovebite Fangs

Scarecrow Lovebite Fangs

The denture paste that is provided

The denture paste that is provided

The end result

The end result

 

Zombie:
Zombie can be even cheaper, if you are willing to sacrifice some of your clothes for shredding purposes, or have an outfit in mind that seems appropriate:

– Special effect wax £5 (large tube will last for a year)
– Fake blood £1 (large bottle will last for years)
– Make up £2
– Clothes and accessories already owned

Total = £8

 

Model and Makeup by: Nele Knueppel

Model and Makeup by: Nele Knueppel

 

Zombie spookiness!

Zombie spookiness!

Special effect make-up Blogger Nele Kneppell has kindly provided a step-by-step guide to the best zombie make up:

Finishing touches for Halloween Costumes

24 Oct

Last year I reviewed some freaky contact lenses from ColourYourEyes.com and loved them so much that I have bought them again this year.  I think that the scariest part of going all out with a costume like this is when you turn to look in the mirror and truly don’t recognise yourself! If you can freak out your friends just by staring at them – your Halloween mission is accomplished! Say no to slutty halloween costumes, scary is way more fun. The lenses were also very comfortable to wear, although I must say with the fake eyelashes too my eyes just felt very heavy! I perked up with a cocktail or two however. Lenses start from £8.99 and if you are going to multiple parties splash out a tenner for ones that last a little longer and can be reused time and time again.

Vampire Effect

Vampire Effect

 

For 28 days later zombie effect just wear one lense and keep one eye as normal

For 28 days later zombie effect just wear one lense and keep one eye as normal

 

White Out - Zombie/Ghost effect

White Out – Zombie/Ghost effect

Verdict: A chilling 9/10

Halloween Experiences

23 Oct

Lastminute.com have announced some reductions on their halloween packages. Remember to always look around for the cheapest deal as a reduction doesn’t always mean the lowest price available! 

London Bridge Experience and London Tombs for two adults – £36 (currently 25% off, was £48)
Discover the secrets that lie beneath London Bridge. There are many dark and bloody tales to be told about London Bridge and the London Tombs. A bridge has existed in the same spot for nearly two thousand years, suffering destruction by fire and warfare and being rebuilt time and time again. No wonder it is one of the world’s most haunted bridges.

London Ghost Bus Tour for Two – £42.50 

Jump on board this classic 1960s Routemaster. Previously used as a funeral bus (or ‘carcass coach’ as Londoners called it) it has been renovated and restored to use as a ghost tour bus. Uncover the grisly secrets of the city with the London Ghost Bus Tour for Two that will transport you and a friend around the sinister parts of the capital.

Zombie Combat Experience for One – £79 (currently 20% off, was £99

Bring your favourite scary film or video game to life in this Zombie Combat Experience. You’ll enter a world where zombies are attacking the globe and it’s up to you and your crew to save us all before the infection spreads. You’ll arrive at the camp for an important briefing on the situation before being armed with your weapons and preparing for battle.

Wicked  Theatre Tickets from £17.50 – Wicked is the record-breaking hit musical which tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz.
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Halloween Drinkies

20 Oct

In strange tradition each year many of us try and make our Halloween party drinks a disgusting green colour! However this year I am going to opt for a decidedly more pretty purple drink (yes I know Halloween should be scary, not pretty but just a little can’t hurt can it?)

Greenall’s have launched a new wild berry gin, and it is absolutely delicious. Here is recipe to make your own cocktails, or get creative and make a spooky punch bowl by adding tonic water or diet lemonade!

Yum!

Yum!

Greenall’s Wild
50ml Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Monin Vanilla Syrup
3 Raspberries & 3 blackberries

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a tumbler with fresh ice
Garnish: Raspberry, blackberry, lemon twist.

The sloe gin is priced at £16.00, and is available at Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores.

Verdict:

9/10 for flavour

7/10 for difficulty to make

Halloween Inspiration

20 Oct
spiders!

spiders!

Use Helium

Use Helium

Eyelash glue works a treat on skin

Eyelash glue works a treat on skin

old pillows and duct tape

old pillows and duct tape

A tropical twist on Mr Pumpkin

A tropical twist on Mr Pumpkin

Print these off for a quicker effect

Print these off for a quicker effect

Put a bowl inside to prevent leakage

Put a bowl inside to prevent leakage

 

Halloween Hair

15 Oct

If there was ever a time to experiment with crazy hair colour, Halloween is it. However it can be a pain wearing a wig, and a rather too permanent solution. I thought that I would road test a new product – hair chalk. This one is from Models Own who teamed up with drinks brand Midori to create a ghoulish green chalk in a cute swirl shaped pot. The on-trend shade of neon green is easy to apply – simply rub the chalk into hair and set with hair spray. Once in; hair can be styled in any way, whether it’s a chalk-tipped up do or an intricate fishtail plait incorporating a variety of colours.

My experience with the chalk however is that it is very vibrant and neon in blonde hair, but takes a lot more effort (rubbing essentially) to get it to take on dark hair. After all that rubbing it can also look a little powdery.

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All in all a great idea just make sure that you order the right shade for your colouring. The limited edition My Midori Hair Chalk retails at £6 from www.modelsownit.com

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Verdict:
8/10 for blondes and an unfortunate 6/10 for brunettes

 

Top Tip:
For extra Halloween fun, try making a Midori twist cocktail.

Ingredients:
50ml Midori
12.5 ml Lemon Juice
12.5ml Lime Juice
Method: Shake together, serve over ice

Yum!

Yum!

Halloween Interiors

15 Oct

Halloween does not have to happen but once a year, with wallpapers from Graham & Brown you can decorate your house in a gothic look all year around. My suggestion would also be to actually make your own spooky decorations using the wallpaper. Ideas are:

  • Spooky table runner (see here)
  • Backdrop: either use a poster hanger ot two canes of wood to hang the perfect backdrop onto your wall. If you don’t care about little holes, you can even use pins/wall tacs.
  • Door hanger: for the best effect hang over so it covers both sides of the door
  • Spooky rug: note this only works on linoleum floors, where you can stick down with blu tack or double sided tape!

I have tested out the skull wallpaper, it is covered in velvet, and the only word to describe it is… sumptuous. Though, at £55 a roll, it would have to be! The website does list some of their designs in a sale at £10 however they are not as spooky as the skulls or cobwebs that I would choose.

Spooky Skulls

Spooky Skulls

Creepy Cobwebs

Creepy Cobwebs

Verdict: 10/10 for quality, 5/10 for value

Dress up this Halloween

24 Oct

I have decided this halloween to get back to basics with face paints. As a child my parents would make our outfits each year for pennies, and let our spooky make up do the trick! (or indeed treat) My favourite brand (for durability and brightness of colour) is Snazaroo:

The Halloween Face Painting Kit
Boasting enough face paint for up to 50 faces, Snazaroo’s Halloween Face Painting Kit (£12.49 RRP) is a staple for those looking for one all-encompassing pack for parties, which can be shared among lots of guests.

Each kit comes with eight Halloween-themed colours. What’s more, the included instructional booklet contains heaps of inspiration and step by step guides to creating numerous Halloween designs, that will take the horror out of face painting. The more adventurous can dream up their own designs.

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Snazaroo Face Painting Sticks
Snazaroo Face Painting Sticks (£4.99 RRP) are a quick and easy way to add a dash of horror to costumes.
Each pack contains four sticks – 1 black, 1 red, 1 green and 1 white – in a transportable, resealable kit. The sticks come in a helpful, crayon shape to make drawing on designs even easier.

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For money savers out there, use current code HALLOWEEN13 to receive 20% off at www.snazaroo.co.uk

Verdict: 8/10

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Halloween Party Punch

23 Oct

As Halloween creeps ever closer, Shloer are bringing back their popular limited edition Berry Punch soft drink. I’ve tested the drink, it’s delicious and I love their spooky pumpkin serving idea. For adult parties, try spicing up with a dash of gin!

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Verdict: a refreshing 8/10

Halloween Party Treats

10 Oct

If you want to make a good centre piece for your ‘treat table’ at a Halloween Party this year, I recommend making a sweet tree like the one below. You will need:

– 1x Pencil

– 1x polystyrene ball (I used the inner of a Christmas bauble – its far cheaper than craft store polystyrene balls)

– double sided sticky foam (I get mine from the 99p store)

– gravel

– silver spray paint

– small terracotta plant pot

– 1x ribbon

– 1x small tray of Ferrero Rocher

Yum!

Yum!

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