It’s 6.30pm, you’re relaxed at home, warm and comfortable, engrossed in the TV. The tranquillity is disturbed when the doorbell goes. With a roll of the eyes, you rise slowly from your seat, met with an unnerving sound of laughter coming from outside the window... you put your mug of tea down and your heart starts to race. You slowly walk to the door and your shaking hand grips the handle. Gently you turn it and start to pull the door towards you – curiosity insists that you peek around the edge, but before you can, a loud piercing scream erupts from the doorstep – “TRICK OR TREEEEEAT?”. You’re taken aback by the gruesome figures before you, backed up by a tiny witch with a surprisingly cute little green face, who reaches forward with her bucket, hypnotising you, demanding you hand over your soul!!!
If that sounds scary, imagine how scary it would be if you can’t meet their demands? Ok, she doesn’t really want your soul – but you might feel like yours has been taken if you’re left looking down at disappointed faces.
All they’re really after is some tasty treats, the chance to dress up and startle grown-ups. Trick or treating is part of the charm of Halloween for little terrors, so to make sure yours, and your little visitors get what they’re after, here are some Terror-fic Trick-or-Treat ideas. From Trick-or-Treat safety advice for your little ones, to Trick-or-Treat sweets that you can stock up on, or make at home, to ensure you’re prepared when the doorbell rings.
It’s Scary Out There: How to Trick-or-Treat Safely
Though Trick-or-treating is fun and exciting, it probably wouldn’t be as exciting if it was called ‘walking the streets in the dark’. But essentially, that’s what your youngsters will be doing – so there are a few things you should do to make sure they don’t encounter any unwanted scares whilst they’re on their sweet scavenge.
- Go with them: make sure the little demons and monsters are accompanied by an adult to keep them protected and advise on which houses they should approach, and which they should steer clear of due to elderly residents etc.
- Plan their route: the fun will soon subside if your little ones have aching feet or a muddy costume. Choose routes you know, ideally containing generous residents you know, too.
- Let there be light: carry a torch and add some reflective strips to your little ones’ Trick-or-Treat costume to ensure passing motorists can see them. And while we’re on the topic of costumes…
- Keep costumes short: your little witch doesn’t want her dress dragging along the floor, and the mummy doesn’t want to unravel along the street. Long costumes can be a trip hazard, so make sure they can walk in them comfortably.
- Choose face paint over masks: masks can easily complete a costume, but they also reduce visibility and ventilation. Without a mask, they can also put on their cutest expression to ensure a generous handful of Halloween sweets is forthcoming.
- Check what they’ve been given: be sure to look through the sweets they have collected before they taste them. You never know, the odd trick may be included…
So now you’re clued up on Trick-or-Treat safety, here are some ideas for what to give Trick-or-treaters that come to your door.
There are Some Devilishly Good Deals on Trick-or-Treat Sweets
To ensure your own and any visiting Trick-or-treaters get sweet satisfaction this Halloween, you’ll find a range of treats on offer at your local convenience store.
You could have many visitors on the night and you’ll need to ensure that you have enough treats to go around. Multibuy share bags of sweets, biscuits and cakes will be perfect. Here are a few tips on what to offer:
- Mini-packs of Halloween sweets will stay fresher for longer, and ensure that any sweets that you don’t give out on the night can be consumed at a later day.
- Stay on theme with your Trick-or-Treat sweets and look out for Halloween specific options, such as Haribo’s Ghostly Gummies or jelly snakes.
- Mix it up with other options to sweets, including chocolates, biscuits and cakes.
- Again, there are a range of on-theme chocolates and cakes available. McVities Hobnob Halloween teacakes, Jaffa Cakes lemon and slime cake bars, all in individual packaging.
Feeling particularly creative when it comes to confectionary this Halloween? As well as great deals on ready made treats in store, you can also find ingredients to make your own. Here are a few suggestions…
Scarily Simple Stuff: Easy Halloween Treats to Make at Home
Rice Krispie Pumpkins
These are quick and low-cost to make and will fill you with pride as you hand these out at the door. This recipe will make 24 treats.
You will need:
- 115g of butter
- 1 large bag of marshmallows – approx. 40 needed.
- 300g of Rice Krispies
- Red and yellow liquid food colouring
- Mini Rolos
- Green skittles
- A small amount of olive oil
Melt the butter over a low heat and add the marshmallows, until a gooey paste is formed. Remove from the heat, add in your food colouring, stirring well until a pumpkin orange shade is achieved, approximately six drops of red and 12 of yellow should be close. Add in the Rice Krispies and combine. Then coat your hands in a little oil and take handfuls of the Rice Krispie mixture and form into balls – press down on them slightly to make the pumpkin shape. Top with a mini Rolo and green skittle to form the pumpkin stem.
Banana Mummies on Sticks
Give them some natural sugars with their Halloween sweets and offer these Banana Mummies, they look as good as they taste! This recipe makes 16.
You will need:
- 8 bananas
- 750g of white chocolate
- 32 M&M’s of various colours
- 16 lollipop sticks
Cut each banana in half horizontally and skewer each piece onto a lollipop stick. Add them onto a sheet of greaseproof paper and add to the freezer for two hours. In your microwave, melt down 500g of your chocolate. Once liquid, dip each banana into the chocolate and shake off any excess before returning them to the greaseproof sheet. Immediately place two M&M eyes near the top of each. Leave to cool and firm.
Melt down your remaining chocolate. Add to a piping bag with a small nozzle and squeeze zig-zig patterns across each mummy to look like bandages. Chill until ready to serve.
No Tricks, All Treats: Trick-or-Treat Ideas From SPAR
The best door to visit when you Trick-or-Treat this Halloween is that of your local convenience store! Keep unwanted scares to a minimum with our Trick-or-Treat safety tips and get set for little visitors at the door wanting Trick-or-Treat sweets to savour, with our in-store deals and easy Halloween treat recipes.
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