ID-1009751Less than one week to go until Halloween and we’re really getting into the spirit (no pun intended ☺) of things at Chiltern Chatter HQ. Below are some fun suggestions of things to do this Halloween.


Halloween wouldn’t be the same without a pumpkin or two ☺

Spoonful.com have some fantastic spooky pumpkin-carving templates and decorating ideas. Click here for some inspiration 

Buzz Feed DIY also have some great No-Carve pumpkin ideas that are more child friendly than a large carving knife! From Glitter pumpkins, Thumbtack pumpkins, chalkboard pumpkins there is loads of fantastic ideas here.


Make sure you look the part while trick-or-treating and check out Snazaroo’s Halloween face painting guides. These face-painting techniques will impress even the most sullen spirits. From Dracula, The Devil, Pumpkin, Spiders Web, there are loads of fab face painting ideas to choose from here.

halloween cupcakesCOOKING

Don’t forget to check out Blossoming Cook’s (Chocolate Orange Spiders & Pumpkin Lanterns) & Cookie’s (Rustic Banger Pie, Horror Lollies & Toffee Apple Cookies) fab recipes.

BBC Good Food website is packed to the rafters with loads of scrumptious treats to delight little ghosts and ghouls. Try quick snacks and easy baking recipes such as chocolate cobweb cupcakes, Halloween biscuits…the list is endless. Check out www.bbc.co.uk/food for more inspiration.

We also love these chocolate orange pumpkin – and we bet they taste delicious too: see here.


We love these cute Smiley Ghost Bottles by Oglee Poglee. Claire at Oglee Poglee has written a step by step guide especially for Chiltern Chatter, on how to make these. Click here for details.

This Q Tip Skeleton (thanks to www.beeinourbonnet.com) is an easy peasy craft that even we could manage ☺ All you need is black paper and have the kids dip the ends of the q-tips in glue. Have the kids cut and glue the head, too. If you would like a sheet of skeleton heads, and who wouldn’t… you can download here.

Plus check out Activity Village for loads of great printable Halloween colouring pages & puzzles. 


Halloween balloonsThere’s an endless list of fantastic games that you can play with the kids. Here are a few suggestions of games to try this Halloween:

Looking to kick off Halloween with a bang, not a boo? Then this game of Pop goes the pumpkin could be for you. Fill the balloons with confetti and sweets and blow them up. Full instructions can be found at The Martha Stewart website. We love the idea of this game but we’re not sure we would enjoy it as much in reality ☺ 

Treasure Hunt – If you’re kids love a treasure hunt as much as ours do they will really enjoy this FREE printable treasure hunt from Imagination Soup – perfect for a cold afternoon in the house!

Wrap the Mummy – Divide the children into groups no smaller than two. Select one child in each group to be a mummy, then give the other children a roll of toilet paper or crepe paper. Instruct them to wrap the mummy with the paper, leaving the eyes, nose and mouth uncovered. Prizes go to the quickest or the best attempt.

Pass the pumpkin – A fun twist of the traditional pass-the-parcel. This is played in the same way but fill the pumpkin with treats so that each time the music stops whoever has the pumpkin can select a goody from inside.

Happy Halloween everyone!!


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