Gosh, how much has Halloween changed since I was young?! I used to dream of the American-esque theatre of it all but most of all, the lashings of ‘candy’ that they all seemed to get on the tv shows. I was once given an apple and a 50p piece in my trick or treat hey day. My village wasn’t really prime pickings 😂
In recent years the UK seems to have fully embraced the commercial aspect (such a cynic, I know) of the scare season and I LOVE it!! Maybe it’s because I love any excuse to dress up in fancy dress???
We haven’t made it to the newly-popular pumpkin patches that have popped up all over the country but we have managed to get our scare on with a spooky party with plenty of spoooooooooky food which surprisingly went down a treat with all babies and toddlers present!
So here’s a guide for making the fiendishly frightening fodder that we tucked in to at our Halloween party. I haven’t included any sweet recipes as they get so much during trick or treating that I think it’s good to have some savoury themed food too.
Makes x 25-ish – Prep time 20 mins – Cook time 25 mins
What you’ll need
Chipolata sausages x 25
Easy roll puff pastry x 1 pack (My children also aren’t huge fans of pastry so my Mummies were more undressed than some but if you’d like a more ‘wrapped up’ effect then use another roll of pastry)
Egg x 1
Switch on the oven and set to 180c.
Unroll the pastry and slice into 1cm wide strips.
Snip the ties between the sausages.
Lightly whisk the egg.
Wrap the pastry around the sausages in as higgledy piggledy way as possible. I used 2x strips per sausage as they were super long and joined the pastry with a bit of egg. Some recipes say to leave space for mustard eyes but what toddler likes mustard?? And to be honest, Poppy doesn’t even know what a Mummy is so she wasn’t really in a position to critique my artistic license 👻.
Place your Mummy rolls on baking trays lined with greaseproof paper and wash with the egg.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins or until the pastry and exposed sausage is golden brown. If using pre-cooked sausages then drop your cook time to 12-15 mins.
If preparing in advance
I made mine the day before and refrigerated overnight so added the egg wash just before I was ready to put them in the oven.
Makes x 10-ish ghosts – Prep time 5 mins – Cook time 30 mins
What you’ll need
Bag of baking potatoes x1
Raisins x 1 handful
Pre-heat oven to 180c.
Pierce your potatoes on each side with a skewer.
Bake potatoes for 25-30 mins or until browning nicely on the skin and softening on the inside (test by squishing the potatoes with oven glove-clad hands).
Remove potatoes from the oven and slice length ways.
Place 2x raisins at one end for eyes.
That’s it!! So easy but such a surprising hit with the little ones.
Ghastly worms/witch’s fingers – Wotsits (Can you actually get any simpler? I did this and they were such a hit).
Develish salad – Chopped beetroot with sour cream (had this yummy dish at my Mother-in-law’s and it was delicious!).
Spooky Frankenstein treats – from Super Busy Mum.
Spooky pumpkin soup – My friend brought this soup to the party with little ghost shaped bread for dipping. Felix had three helpings!!