If you were planning on carving a pumpkin this Halloween you may be disappointed, for our nation has been struck by a Great British Pumpkin Shortage. The summer’s wet weather and lack of sun has led to very depleted pumpkin yields in the UK. As a result, you may find yourself paying more than usual for your Halloween pumpkin or, worse still, completely unable to get your hands on the big orange berries. But fear not Halloween enthusiasts – Your Move is here with five more craft ideas as we approach October 31st.
Carve a different fruit or vegetable instead
The funny shape of a butter-nut squash lends itself to a ghoulish face. An apple can be hollowed out so a candle will fit inside. And who knew that you could turn a watermelon into poor Yorick, or indeed carve a sweet potato into a grizzly severed hand?
Cook up some gruesome grub
Kids will love cooking up all sorts of gruesome concoctions in the kitchen. Try these disgusting looking hot-dog sausage fingers from All The Cooks, these rice crispy cake zombie brains from Rick-a-bam-boo, this wormy Halloween punch from BBC Food or this chilling severed hand from Tesco.
Build a body
There’s no need to spend a fortune on Halloween decorations. You can get into the spirit and decorate your home relatively cheaply by making your own. We especially love this paper plate skeleton from Instructables.
Create a Halloween playlist
One of our favourite things about Halloween is all the great spooky tunes that are perfect for an October 31st party. Here’s a few to get you started:
Ghost Town by The Specials
The Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett & The Crypts
I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
This Is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Make a Christmas pudding
Not very Halloween-y we grant you, but most recipes recommend making your Christmas pudding a couple of months before to develop the flavours and make it as boozy as you possibly can. So why not take Halloween as your cue? We like this Nigella Lawson recipe.
Still struggling for inspiration? We made some great suggestions last year too!