Ever since I can remember, we’ve celebrated Halloween.
As a child we’d spend the day carving turnips, pumpkin weren’t freely available so instead we’d dig out the flesh of a turnip. I remember well the feeling of my hand aching as the rock hard inners peeled back cm by cm. But the real reward was the smell of burning turnip from the candle inside as we went out trick or treating in the evening. It’s still one of those odd, nostalgic smells I like now as an adult.
We’d also make our own witches hat with cereal box cardboard. Very little was bought back then and the build up was always fun, never a chore though. Which is why I have carried on the tradition with my own children.
Always one to grab a memory making opportunity!
I’ve had a couple of years off doing the whole Halloween thing as my older boys turned their back on the lure of more sweets than I would ever usually allow in one day for the notion that it simply wasn’t cool. But this year we’re back with a bang as the Toddler takes his first tentative steps into the world of Halloween crafts and dressing up.
I’m starting him off with a couple of easy to-do and cheap to buy activities as at the age of 2 he has the attention span of a nat, which makes crafting more of a stressful chore than a pleasure. I managed to buy all this from my local The Works store. I want him to have the same experiences as his older brothers so he’s not escaping the traditions anymore!
thread / wool
Draw around both hands with fingers spread out and thumbs tight against index fingers.
Cut out the hands and glue them together so that the palms form the spiders body and the fingers its legs.
cut 2 penny sized circles from the white paper, glue on to the top centre of the hands. finish with 2 black dots for eye. Make a small hole through the centre of the body. Thread the wool through the hole and tie into a knot.
Hang these spooky spiders from doorways to scare people as they come through!
Pumpkin Lantern Tealight Jars
Small glass jam jar,
Orange and black paint
Paint the glass jar orange and leave to dry.
decorate with small pieces of black paper to glue on or Paint on a scary face in black paint.
Pop in a tealight for a spooky glow.