Monthly Archives: October 2019

  1. Halloween Activities

    Halloween Activities

    Can you believe it’s the end of October already?! I hope you all have your Halloween costumes at the ready, and a bowl full of sweets at your front door to hand out to all the trick or treaters.

    Are you in need of some fun activities to enjoy with your friends and families on this Halloween night? Check out the following Halloween activities:

    Pumpkin Carving Competition:

    If you haven’t already carved a pumpkin this Halloween, then get your carving knives, candles and pumpkins out and have some fun with your friends and family. Get into groups and see who can create the scariest pumpkin!

    Trick or Treat:

    Get your creepiest Halloween costume on, and get walking the streets to scare anyone you see! Remember to take a bag or bucket with you to hide all the delicious candy that you

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  2. Charming Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

    Charming Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

    Thinking of what you are going to do with your left-over pumpkins after Halloween has finished? Why not create something delicious out of the leftovers lying around. Get creative and make delicious double chocolate pumpkin muffins.

    Check out this wonderful recipe:

    Ingredients:

    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • ½ cup butter
    • 1 ½ cups flour
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 cup chocolate chips
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    Method:

     

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
    2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
    3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. 
    4. Add in the pumpkin and vanilla; beat all ingredients until light and airy.
    5. Whisk tog
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  3. Halloween Costume Ideas

    Halloween Costume Ideas

    Have you got your Halloween costume made and ready for next week? Time is running out so if you haven’t thought or planned your costume, here are some ideas you could use to look extra scary for this year’s Halloween.

    If you are looking for a quick and easy way out of making a costume. Grab yourself a witch’s hat, an old black dress, ripped black tights, black boots and of course don’t forget a witch’s broomstick and you’ll have a wicked witch look in no time.

    How about a vicious vampire costume? Get digging in your wardrobe for an old white shirt and some black trousers. You’ll need to find a black and red vampire cape, white vampire fangs, face paint, and fake blood to make the look extra scary!

    Try a classic spooky skeleton costume. Get searching to purchase a skeleton t-shirt/outfit and some black and white face paint to cover your face to make your outfit stand out!

    If you want to include fake blood into your outfit and want to express your frighten

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  4. Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat

    Have you ever wondered why trick or treating exists, and where it originated from? Well, during the ninth century, in Ireland, people got involved in a tradition called ‘guising’, which was an event to get dressed up in costumes and accept offerings from households they would visit. The children would sing a song, tell a joke, or perform a form of a ‘trick’ in exchange for gifts. 

    The trick or treat tradition then evolved in the United States back in the 1920s. Children were handed lots of gifts to them, such as nuts, coins, toys, and handmade cakes. As trick or treating became more widespread across America, in the 1950s candy manufacturers realised the opportunities and began to promote their products for Halloween. Trick or treating became popular and sweets or candy (as it's known in the USA) became a bigger offering. Halloween is still a tradition in which we like to show off frightening, gruesome costumes, and collect lots of delicious treats!

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  5. Local Halloween Events

    Local Halloween Events

    Who is ready for Halloween? In this cold, rainy weather no one wants to leave their cozy homes.  If you are looking for inspiration to get you out and about and have some fun this Halloween, check out these events that are local in the southwest area.

    Cheddar Gorge – A Halloween Tale

    Head over to Cheddar gorge for Halloween as they have The Natural Theatre Company setting up a Halloween Tale. They have some infamous characters who have taken up residence in the Gough’s Cave. They are giving you the responsibility to help the detective duo solve this mystery. Would you be able to solve it?

    They have warned that you have to be prepared to crack the conundrum as you discover all of what is in Gough’s Cave. There will be some famous characters hiding in the chambers and they may have some answers for you that help you solve the case.

    Head over to their website to get 15% off the ticket price.

    Fear at Avon Valley

    If you w

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  6. National Chocolate Week

    National Chocolate Week

    If you didn’t already know – it’s National Chocolate Week! What a great excuse to be able to eat chocolate all week – yum!

    To celebrate this year’s National Chocolate week, we have collaborated with @blondieskitchen to bring you some amazing Unicorn Cookie Cups! You can find these majestical beauties at their pop-up Milk & Cookie Bar at @bicestervillage for one week only and they are the perfect pick me up treat for serious shoppers! 

    Blondies Kitchen was founded by Chelsie Collins and Kristelle Levy in 2016, Blondies Kitchen is the UK’s first and only Milk & Cookie Bar serving up freshly baked American style cookies, cereal, milk and more. If you can’t make it to Bicester Village you can still buy Blondies Kitchen’s delicious cookie treats on their website. 

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  7. Perfect Pumpkin Pie

    Perfect Pumpkin Pie

    Halloween is around the corner so why don’t you try something different this autumn, and create a perfect pumpkin pie! Now it’s getting colder, it’s time to make some delicious desserts to keep us warm this autumn.

    Let’s get started then…

    Ingredients:

    1. 750g/1lb 10oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
    2. 350g sweet shortcrust pastry
    3. Plain flour, for dusting
    4. 140g caster sugar
    5. ½ tsp salt
    6. ½ tsp fresh nutmeg grated
    7. 1 tsp cinnamon
    8. 2 eggs beaten
    9. 25g butter melted
    10. 175ml milk
    11. 1 tbsp icing sugar

     Method:

    1. lace the pumpkin in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 mins or until tender. Drain pumpkin; let cool
    2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and
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