Happy Halloween from Sparkles and Stretchmarks

Hi! Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Hayley – I’m a mum to three little monsters, I blog at Sparkles and Stretchmarks and I am the world’s biggest Halloween fan!

No really…I am! I have been utterly obsessed with Halloween ever since my own childhood in the 80s, where I spent many a happy Halloween evening wearing costumes fashioned out of black bin liners and playing pin the tail on the cat.

Thankfully, Halloween celebrations have come a long way since then. I love to celebrate the spooky season with my own family, so today I’m going to share my top 5 tricks for Halloween treats – hopefully they’ll inspire you to indulge in some frightening fun with your own little Halloween horrors!

Creepy Crafts

Halloween crafts are one of the most fun ways to celebrate the season! Here’s a super simple craft idea that even the least crafty among us can manage.

Pumpkin Stamping

All you need to do is take an apple, cut it in half and then dunk it into some bright orange paint. You can then let your little ones go wild stamping their sheet of paper. Once the paint is dry, just use a sharpie to add in some eyes and a little stalk – and voila! You have some lovely pumpkin art to hang in your window!

Devilish Drinks

Themed treats are one of the best parts about Halloween, and I like to try to come up with a new spooky drink idea each year to surprise and delight our Halloween party guests.

Monstrous Mocktail

This year, I decided to use MAOAM Pinballs found in the MaoMixx pack, as that way, there’s still a fun selection of sweets for the family to enjoy afterwards. Using the MAOAM Pinballs as eyeball ice cubes is a perfect way to give our drinks a Halloween twist. All you need to do is use some edible ink to draw pupils onto the Pinballs, then pop them into ice cube trays and let them set. This year I’m serving some spooky blue mocktails using lemonade, lime cordial and some blue food colouring complete with disappearing blue candy floss – popping in the MAOAM eyeballs gives them a really great finishing touch!

Dark Decorations

Decorating your house for Halloween is a really fun activity for all of the family to get involved in – we like to really go to town in my house, we even have a Halloween tree!

Spooky Spider Webs

It’s even more fun to get the family involved in making your own decorations – this year we’ve been making some spooky spider web balloons, and they couldn’t be simpler!

All you need is some inflated balloons, string and PVA glue mixed with a little water. Wrap your string around the balloon, then paint it with the PVA and leave it to dry overnight.

The next morning, pop your balloon and reveal your spider web! You can then add on some little spiders to make it more effective. These look really fantastic hung from trees in your front garden on Halloween evening!

Eerie Entertainment

One of the best things about Halloween is all of the amazing family movies you can enjoy together. From introducing my children to classics from my childhood such as The Addams Family & Hocus Pocus, to discovering new spooky favourites together – snuggling up under a blanket together to watch a film is the best way to spend Halloween.

Scary Snacks

Of course, a movie night calls for snacks – so why not add to the fun by theming them!

I love creating picky platters for movie nights, and simply choosing your snacks based on colour makes it really visually appealing – stick with black, brown, orange, green and purple food offerings to really add to the Halloween appeal. Adding candy eyes to things really helps too!

I created this picky platter using some chocolate bars and dark-coloured biscuits and cakes, using our favourite MAOAM Stripes to add a pop of bright Halloween colour – even just grouping the MAOAM goodies together by colour makes them look even more appetising for your spooky movie night.

Frightful Fun

We are big fans of slime making in our house, and what could be a better way to spend Halloween afternoon?!

Get Slimy

You could choose any classic Halloween colour to theme your slime, but we love making squidgy Pumpkin Slime!

See our failproof slime recipe below:

• Orange glitter glue – 6 oz
• 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 60ml cold water
• 1.5 – 2 tablespoons of contact lens solution (must contain boric acid)
• Glitter (optional but recommended)

All you need to do is:
1. Empty the glitter glue into a mixing bowl.
2. Sprinkle in the bicarbonate of soda and mix together.
3. Add the water and stir well.
4. Pour in the glitter.
5. Mix together, and then add the contact lens solution.
6. Stir until the slime becomes stringy and starts to come away from the bowl, then pick it up and knead it in your hands.
7. Keep adding contact lens solution a tiny bit at a time and kneading, until the slime feels stretchy but not sticky.

And there you have it!

I hope these ideas have been helpful and be sure to check out my Halloween with MAOAM post from last year for more ideas.

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween bash or just having a quiet Halloween evening at home, these ideas should help you to have a spooktacular time! Don’t forget to share your own freaky fun with MAOAM on social media to be in with a chance of winning some treats – tag MAOAM_UK on Facebook, @OfficialMAOAM on Twitter and @MAOAM_UK on Instagram.

Happy Halloween Everyone!