Craft Ideas for Your Halloween Party

Published on: October 12, 2018

Simple and easy to execute ideas for healthy treats and spooky decorations for Halloween.

By Donatella Lazzari

 

Whether you see Halloween as a trick or a treat, enjoying this celebration has become a cross-culture/country experience thanks to all the themed decorations and merchandising available from the little shops in Chinatown to all the high-end shopping malls.

For me, it is another marvelous opportunity for crafting for my family and friends. The following ideas are eye-catching and easy to execute. Have fun and…happy Halloween!

Halloween pumpkin

A pumpkin made out of card strips holds a few sweets and a lollipop in its twine.

Materials

Orange and green card, pipe cleaner, paper fastener, ruler, scissors, pencil, hole punch, lollipop, sweets.

Steps

From the orange cardstock cut out 12 strips (15×3 cm approx). Punch a hole at each end. From the green cardstock cut out a leaf shape where the stem would be; punch a hole in it.

To assemble: Stack all the strips and with the pipe cleaner thread them all at one end first, then the other. Fix one end of the pipe cleaner with a paper fastener through the holes. Then pull the pipe cleaner through the other end till the paper strips create a sort of “C” shape.

Now open out the strips like a fan to create the pumpkin shape. Thread the leaf through the pipe cleaner, wrap the lollipop and you’re done!

 

Healthy treats

Toffee apples

One of the traditional Halloween treats I find them very satisfying on a number of levels: from their lush old times look to biting through the crunchy crackly caramel into the fresh sharp apple.

Ingredients

  • All you need is 8 apples, 400 g caster sugar, 1 tsp vinegar, 4 tbsp golden syrup, 1 tbsp red food coloring (optional).

Steps

  • Immerse the apples in boiling water to help the caramel to stick. Dry the fruit and poke a wooden skewer into the stalk end.
  • Place the apples on baking parchment. Tip the sugar into a pan along with 100ml water and set over medium heat, cooking it until the sugar dissolves completely. Add the vinegar and syrup and stir. Boil to 150C. If the toffee is squishy, continue boiling.
  • Dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, and place on the baking parchment to harden. Let the toffee cool off before consumption.
  • For a more detailed recipe visit www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/13599/homemade-toffee-apples

 

Scary gourd

When in Bangkok…proper smooth orange Halloween pumpkins aren’t easy to find (at affordable prices), so I like to make do with what is on hand and nothing works better than a watermelon. It’s readily available, affordable and easy to cut through.

You can make traditional jack-o-lanterns with a tea light inside or fashion a monster table centerpiece…vomiting fruit salad!

 

Lollipop ghosts

From plain white cotton cloth cut out a number of squares (15×15 cm approx). To each lollipop tie a long skewer stick, then cover with the white cloth and tie with a length of black yarn or thread.

Apricot funny faces

Use raisins to give eyes to the apricots (stick with a “glue” made of icing sugar and water); make them smile with piped red icing sugar.

 

Scary pots

Preserved peaches or orange segments packaged in clear pots (to be found in most supermarkets) make the perfect healthy give-away treats: just draw a funny/scary face on the plastic lids with a black marker pen!

 

About the Author

Donatella is a mother of three, dedicated wife, arts and crafts teacher, dormant qualified architect, aspiring “mumpreneur”, enthusiast photographer, designer and cook! 360° creative Donatella is part Italian part Thai and arrived from London 10 years ago. Holding possibly one of the longest-standing BAMBI membership numbers, she has always been proud to be part of this extraordinary and always inspiring diverse group of women.


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