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Halloween Spooky Foodie

Halloween Spooky Foodie

Foodie friday | Lets get spooky & Foodie


With Halloween creeping (no pun intended) up on us and only been a couple of weeks away, what is better then getting in the kitchen and creating some treats.

Halloween is normally associated with sweets and a lot of sweet based treats, so I thought I would post a savoury recipe today for us all to try.





Halloween Spider Pizzas | These would be great to serve at a Halloween Party – or even for tea before going out Trick or Treating.



  • 1 Pack Pizza Base Mix
  • Plain flour, for dusting
  • 120ml Tomato sauce or passata
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • 150g Mozzarella
  • 25g-50g Parmesan, grated
  • 4 large black pitted olives
  • 6 small slices of chorizo or salami


  1. Make the Pizza base according to the instructions on the box, or you could use a ready made dough and just use this straight from the box.  If using the pack mix, once mixed knead for 2 minutes or until smooth. Place in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave it to rise in a warm area for at least 1 hour & doubled in size. Once made mix the passata with the garlic.
  2. Heat the oven to as hot as it will go. Dust 2 baking sheets with the flour. Split the dough into eight, then roll 4 little balls into thin, rough circles. Lift onto the floured trays. Smear a thin layer of tomato sauce on top of each and scatter over the mozzarella and Parmesan,
  3. Halve each olive and put 4 halves cut side down on four pizzas – these are the spider bodies. Cut the rest of the olive halves into thin strips, then arrange on either sides of the bodies to look like legs.
  4. Put four pieces of chorizo or salami on the other 4 pizzas bases. Cut the remaining pieces into thin strips to use for the legs of the spiders.
  5. Bake each tray for 12 mins or until the cheese starts to melt and look golden and melted.

Any of the ingredients can be changed to those that you might like better. For example: sliced peppers instead of the olives, ham instead of salami

Don’t forget to share your Halloween Spider Pizzas with us over on our social media pages.


Halloween Party Checklist

Halloween Party Checklist

Halloween Party Checklist

so you can make sure you have everything for a spooktacular Halloween

With Halloween only a few weeks away it is prime time to make sure you have everything that you will need to throw a fabulous Halloween Party. So, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a Halloween Party Checklist. This will help you make sure you get everything you need for a spooktacular Halloween.

Halloween Party Food

When thinking about what food to serve, take into consideration what you would normally serve and then give it a Halloween twist. Give hot dogs a gory twist with plenty of blood (tomato ketchup) to go on top. Jelly is a great dish to serve at a Halloween Party – due to all the different colours of jelly you can buy to make. Plus after you have made it you can add in a variety of sweet worms and other gruesome treats to make up a bug infested swamp!

Halloween Photo Booth

With the venue decorated and the possibility of those attending dressed up a photo booth is a great addition to a Halloween party. Add in some Halloween themed props: Witches Hats, Broomsticks, plastic rats and anything else you have and you are pretty much good to go.  You could also buy some Halloween themed photo booth props, check out the ones we have over on the Party Ease shop. You will find them here:


Creating the perfect Halloween atmosphere is easily done with some music been played in the background. Have a look online and create a playlist or even check out the shops for a themed CD…make sure you have Thriller and The Monster Mash!


Make sure you catch some spooktacular moments during the party and have a camera at hand. Make sure batteries are charged and it is easily reached when needed.


What is Halloween without a Pumpkin? I wouldn’t like to find out. So make sure you have plenty of carved pumpkins dotted around the party venue. You could also get the party guests involved and they could carve their own pumpkin to take home with them at the end of the night.

Also, don’t forget the tealights or LED lights to light up all those Jack O’Lanterns!


Make sure you stock up and have plenty of sweets and treats ready for the party. Also make sure you have some put aside for any Trick or Treaters, if you are having the party on the 31st, that may come later in the evening.


As with the food you can also make drinks with a spooky touch. Serve up drinks in spooky cups and add some Halloween straws. You could also make some gruesome drinks by adding gummy sweets crawling out of the glasses or pour lemonade on to the top of fruit juice to make a foamy potion.

How about making a punch (bowl of juice) and add a frozen floating hand into the bow. To do this fill a plastic glove with water and freeze, you could even add some food colouring to the water. Place the glove into the freezer to freeze and once frozen peel off the glove and add into the punch bowl.

Check out these straws and add these Spooky Spider Straws from the Party Ease shop into drinks to give them added scare factor.

Party Bags

Kids love a party bag and why should a Halloween party be any different. There are lots of themed party bags that you can buy and fill with some treats and the odd trick!


For a Halloween party less is definitely not more. More is definitely more! You have so much that you can do for decorating the party venue. Decorations could fit in with a theme if you have one. Or you could just go all spooky out with spiders, web and anything else Halloweeny. Balloons are a great thing to get and create the atmosphere and set the scene straight away.


Make sure that you get all you need including plates, cups, napkins and a tablecover. Make a note of how many guests you have coming, so you know how many of each item you will need. It is always a good idea to get extra plates and napkins. As these are the things that get used a lot more often. Plus any left over napkins are always useful to wrap up cake, if having. For guests to take home and can easily be put into party bags.


There are so many Halloween costumes & accessories to buy so make sure you get one early. Most supermarkets have a variety of costumes, so is always a good idea to have a look around. If you are planning to wear a costume at the party, make sure you let all the guests know. So they too have time to get a Halloween costume to wear.

Games and Prizes

Games are a great idea to play at Halloween parties. Even the classic party games can be given a Halloween twist.

If you are having younger children attend, a Halloween Pass the Parcel is a great game to play. Plus the Halloween music will come in as well. Get a Halloween themed prize and then wrap in Halloween paper or even orange and black tissue paper. Make sure you have enough extra sweets to go in between the layers. Another good game to play for slightly older children to play is Apple Bobbing. Then all you really need to buy is a bag of apples.

Any games that are played make sure you pick up a few little prizes for the winners. These only need to be something small like some Halloween chocolate lollies or even a small Halloween themed toy.

Make sure you check out our Halloween section for some great Halloween tableware, decorations, photo booth props and much more!






Coming out of Summer and into Autumn has to be one of the best times of year.  Autumn signifies the start of colder nights, frosty mornings, comfy meals and of course that Halloween is nearly here and also it will soon be winter.

The leaves turn glories shades of colours ranging from orange and even into red. The conkers are ready and that smell that only comes with Autumn has to be one of the best parts.

Nature is really at its crowning glory during Autumn and it is a great time to put coats on and venture out into the great outdoors and go for a walk and make the most of the season. Finding leaves and collection conkers is a great thing to do, plus you may even find a acorn cup or some seed heads and you are sure to find a feather or two. There you have the basics for a great nature table at home or even turn them into a picture.

Or what about leaf rubbing? This is a lovely activity to do and is so simple. All you need is plain paper, wax crayons and any leaves found whilst on your walk. Then use just need to lay the paper over the leaf and then rub using the sides of the crayon (you can even use two different colour crayons to really give the picture an autumn feel) to create gorgeous & intricate pictures of nature. Or if you prefer you can get some really good photos of these things and the landscape, that really signify Autumn.



Once you get home it is time for one of those cosy dinners. One of my favourites and an all time favourite is Toad in the Hole, especially served with onion gravy – don’t worry it contains no real toads!

AUTUMN RECIPE | Toad in the Hole

  • 100g plain flour
  • ½ tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • 3 thyme sprigs, leaves only
  • 8 plain pork sausages
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 500ml beef stock
  1. Make the batter: Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Tip flour into the large mixing bowl and stir in the mustard powder with a good pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre, crack in the egg, then pour in a dribble of milk. Stir with a wooden spoon, gradually incorporating some of the flour, until you have a smooth batter in the well. Now add a bit more milk and continue stirring until all the milk and flour has been mixed together.
  2. The batter is ready: You should now have a smooth, lump-free batter that is the consistency of double cream. Tip it back into the jug you measured your milk in, for easier pouring later on, then stir in the thyme. Use scissors to snip the links between your sausages, then drop them into a 20 x 30cm roasting tin. Add 1 tbsp of the oil, tossing the sausages in it to thoroughly coat the base of the tin, then roast in the oven for 15 mins.
  3. Cook the batter: Take the hot tray from the oven, then quickly pour in the batter – it should sizzle and bubble a little when it first hits the hot fat. Put it back into the oven, then bake for 40 mins until the batter is cooked through, well risen and crisp. If you poke the tip of a knife into the batter in the middle of the tray it should be set, not sticky or runny.
  4. Make the gravy: Soften the onions with the remaining oil in a large nonstick frying pan for about 20 mins, stirring often, until they are golden brown. Sprinkle in the sugar for the final 5 mins. Add the spoonful of flour, then cook, constantly stirring, for 2 mins, so it coats the onions and there is no dry flour left. Gradually pour in the stock, stirring well to make a smooth sauce. Bubble for 4-5 mins to thicken, then season. Cut the toad in the hole into large wedges and serve with the gravy spooned over and any vegetables of choice.

Toad in the hole is such a versatile dish. You can make so many changes and add different ingredients and really make it your own. You can add herbs into the batter or wrap the sausages in bacon before cooking. There really is so many different ideas.

Check out these ideas on the delicious website

Or how about some dinky toads?  Use cocktail sausages and bake the batter in muffin tins. To create some very cute baby toads!

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Halloween time

“When Witches go riding, and black cats are seen, The moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween.” – Author Unknown

With Halloween just 11 weeks away, it is time to get ready for an eerie Halloween. Even if you are planning a small get together with family, a small tea party with school friends or something larger, we have a great selection of Halloween goodies suitable for any party occasion.

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