Happy Halloween/ Samahain blessings everyone.
I know it’s a bit late on, bus these Halloween pieces have just arrived at my door from Lidl.
So if you haven’t bought your Halloween props and decorations, then head over to your local Lidl store as there may be a few bits left to grab (before the vampires do!)
Lidl pumpkin lanterns and scary glass candles along with spider webs and floating ghosts too.
And don’t forget the sweets and treats too for when the mini ghouls come calling later!
If your hosting any sort of Halloween party this year, and feeling a little brave, then go out and purchase this game, because it will go down like a right trick or treat!
Up to four people can play with the recommended age being 12 and over.
One player is the ranker who turns over four cards. All players then write down decide which scares them the most and least, rank them in order of 1-4. The players also picks any other player and write down how they think that player ranked their cards too. See my example – the cards read Crime, demons, dark rooms and cruise ships and that’s the order of my fears. I think Ryan would perhaps choose demons over crime so I write that on the other side.
I find it amusing discovering the deepest darkest fears of my friends and family. Jordanna is only ten but also joins in. It makes one terrifying party game.
This Halloween, make sure your cupboards are well stocked up with sweets and treats for when those mini goblins and ghouls come calling.
Tangerine confectionery are the company behind many known sweet brands, such as wham bar, sherbet dip, fruit salads, sweet champion, black jack and Barrett’s to name Just a few. Most of which can be found in the local sweet shops or supermarkets.
Oh I do hope those pesky monsters brush their teeth at the end of the night! 👻 🎃
Look out for sweet packs and boxes in supermarkets.
Take one look at this guy, if you dare!
This extremely terrifying Halloween prop is known as a scary peeper. It actually looks like a mask but who would want that on their head? Certainly not me. The idea is to hang them on the outside of a window so it’s looking inside.
These scary peepers are new to the UK market and there seems to be a few other terrifying peepers out there, all of them designed to shock and scare the unsuspecting guests.
Now, this is meant as an outside type Halloween prop, or it can be used in haunted displays etc, but I have decided that I don’t want to look at this freakish face everytime my blinds are open. Instead of facing inwards from the outside; this Peeping Tom is going to scare the neighbors and anyone who walks past, Yes he’s going to be hung on the inside with his ugly mug facing outside. I just hope no dear old ladies see it!
It really is one ugly, freakish thing. Just perfect for Halloween. After Halloween it will be firmly hidden away in the loft. No doubt I will give myself a heart attack next year when it resurfaces.
Don’t have nightmares!
These cost £34.99 on Amazon but you can win one by clicking the entry button below. You only hand until October 25th on this one but the winner will get theirs by Halloween. You must be a UK resident to take part.
You may have already had an inkling that Haribo may just turn up on one of my Halloween features, and today that’s exactly what’s happened.
Yes Haribo never let us down when it comes to Halloween, and year after year the very same ghosts and ghouls return for their Haribo handouts.
Now here’s an interesting Halloween fact. Many people believe the practice of trick or treating began in America, but that’s incorrect. It actually began right here in the UK and Ireland and goes as far back as the 16th century. America did not adopt this tradition until the 1920s. Of course sweets like Haribos just did not exist back in the 16th century but costumes did and people would dress up back then and go from house to house in exchange for food on Halloween, reciting verses and giving warnings if nothing was exchanged.
This tradition is hundreds of years old and has not changed all that much over the centuries. Kids still dress up and still knock on doors singing Halloween rhymes , only now it’s in exchange for sweets.
Now on Halloween night there are two types of households in the UK. The ones that happily open their door and give sweets and then the miserable gets who refuse to do so, this is of course excluding the vulnerable people such as elderly, disabled, mentally ill, unwell, etc. I mean the bah humbugs of Halloween, the grown ups who have never been children.
If you are one of those people who gladly opens their door to the little monsters then it’s always a good idea to stockpile the sweets at least a week before Halloween night, otherwise the only sweets left will be the unaffordable ones.
Haribo of course have many inexpensive sweet bags and tubs to choose from and they always go down so well with most children too.
The Scaremix tub is shaped like a pumpkin and inside is a duo of Tangfastics and Scaremix jelly type chewy sweets. 400g of each variety. Great for trick or treaters and parties. This big reusable tub costs around £4/£5.
individual bags are usually sold extremely cheaply at just a pound a bag, sometimes even less, and sometimes on special offers depending on the store.
So if you remember just one thing this Halloween, then remember the Haribo’s. Available almost everywhere!
Is it a bad thing, that until just a few months ago, I had absolutely no idea how Top Trumps was played?
Then one day my son got a set of football themed Top Trump cards and taught me the rules. Well I didn’t really need much teaching, it’s so easy that anyone can play.
Top Trumps playing cards have taken on so many themes, from football to well known characters and now something completely new.
As it’s October, meaning Halloween, those themes are of course horror and also a fantasy pack. These are part of retro/nostalgic Top Trumps collection at Winning Moves UK.
These cards all come inside their own tough plastic casing which stores the cards so much better than the cardboard boxes.
The cards are fabulous for Halloween parties and get togethers. There are two horror theme packs. The packs contain 30 cards all with an image of an horrific scary character of some form.
Underneath the images are four attributes. These attributes are the same for both horror packs so they can be mixed or all played together if there are lots of players.
The cards get dealt between all the players. This game seems to work better and faster with more players. The starting player names the character on the card and then chooses one of the four attributes. So for instance in the 3 cards above I played the Slime creature and chose horror rating which has a score of 86. Ryan played the beast, instantly beating me with 98 and Jordanna the jailer with 68. So Ryan wins the round. Keeps the three cards and then his turn to play the card. He carries on playing the first card over and over until one of us trumps him again and the play passes to us etc. The winner is the one who ends up with all the cards in the end.
Two players can play but the game takes a whole lot longer. There is no maximum player limit.
I do love the horror packs but found the fantasy pack very appealing. The fantasy pack is a different game to the horror pack as the attributes are different. The characters based on fantasy with a few alternate scary characters include such as fairy, wizard, mermaid etc.
All Top Trump packs seem to have a “boss” type card. It isn’t called the boss card but by this I mean a card with very high attributes that usually trumps the majority of other cards. For the fantasy game it’s the king card.
He has maximum strength and skill, and almost maximum on the other two attributes too. He may seem unbeatable and so the player lucky enough to be dealt this card may be presumed a definite winner, but this is not always the case. The
See if a player draws the dragon on their play, and chooses fear factor then they steal the king card. If they choose strength it’s then a draw and all cards get placed in a pile in the middle of the players and a new round is started. The player of the new round then takes this pile and the winning cards of the new round.
I never knew card games could be this much fun.
The retro top trumps collection consists of six themed packs. The fantasy and horror being three packs from this. They cost just £4.99 each pack and can provide hours of entertainment and family play. They are great for taking away too.
It’s October once again, and that means a couple of things for me. First and most importantly Izebella turns a big five on October 5th, secondly it’s about to get a whole lot colder and my heating bill will start to rise and then of course, right at the end it’s Halloween!
Yes love it or hate it, Halloween is once again almost upon us. A time for the ghosts and goblins to come out in hoards, bang on our doors and expect sweets and treats, and I won’t even start on those dreaded clowns who think they are a reincarnation of Pennywise.
Anyway no Halloween would be complete without spooky products, costumes, sweets and more. Yes it’s all getting too commercialised, my dear gran would no doubt say if she was still around; but it’s once a year and it’s lots of fun.
To kick off my Halloween posts, I have Snazaroo face paints.
So we have the vampire face and spooky purple spider. We all had a go at painting faces, it’s not really something I do often and to be honest I am a bit rubbish at it. It’s a whole different ball game to applying make up.
This is probably a much better attempt than mine.
Head over to Snazaroo to view a whole load of Halloween themed face paints and accessories! 🎃👻☠️👿😺
There’s been something rather strange going on in our house recently! The bath water has been turning into spooky goo and slime with eerie crackle and popping sounds. Not only that but we’ve also had snow in the garden and even a few snowballs thrown. So how can this be? Yes the weather in Britain is rather perculiar at the best of times, but we haven’t had any real snowfall this year have we??? Well no, not exactly, but our house did get hit with this stuff.
This is snow in Summer, Spring, Autumn or whenever your missing the wretched cold real stuff. It looks like the real thing too, and even feels cold like the stuff. Personally I don’t like it, but it’s not me making it or playing with it so my opinion on this doesn’t really count for much.
It doesn’t arrive like this. It’s white powdered stuff in packets and it just needs mixing with water. I strongly advise to send kids outside to mix and play with this stuff because just like snow it turns to that awful slippery sludge stuff eventually.
Our real looking “SnoBall battlepack” is made by Zimpli kids. They are also responsible for my bath looking like something from a bubbling cauldron.
Zimpli kids also have lots of fun and a little spookyish bath products that turn the bath into a goo or slime pit. These products come in packets of powder and all have their own simple instructions to follow
. Again this is not something I would want to use myself, it baffles me as to why my children were so eager to sit in a bath of slime but there you go, kids love this stuff.
The Crackle Baff is not too bad. It doesn’t really change the water colour, just makes the water fizz with a few crackles; a bit like pouring popping candy on your tongue. The slime baff & Geli baff both change the colour and consistency of the water. The more that gets put in, the slimier and deeper colour it goes. My children could actually see the slime on their hands. It’s easily washed off, and easily rinsed away out of the bath.
There are a few other choices of strange packets that change the bath water. The packets seem to give between 3-5 lots depending on how much gets used in one go. A selection of Zimpli products is sold at The Entertainer toy store for £5.00 per pack.
I think some of the “Baff” products would be great for Halloween both for baths and general slime/goo making. The “Sno” for Christmas time as we very rarely see enough of the real thing.
When you first look inside the box, it just looks like any other craft kit with various monster cut out designs and frames.However the kit works alongside a free app which can be downloaded on iPhones and android devices.
For just £9.99 this kit helps transform our photo selfies into monsters and here’s how it works.
Once printed the face can be cut out and put into one of the frames or add more monster accessories, or you can just keeps the printed images as posters. This is Jordanna as Frankenstien monster
Obviously you will need a printer if you wish to make something such as this as you have to print the images out. The one problem we came across was that the instructions state to print at 100% and not “fit to page”. We have a cannon air printer and print from iPhones and I have not come across any setting via a phone which allows us to change the setting so we just had to hope for the best and luckily the images printed at the correct size.
This kit and another similar one with animals can be purchased directly from Interplay, Amazon and most good toy stores.