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Enjoy the spookiest Hallowe'en party ever with these scary suggestions

Posted: 7 September 2010
by Anita Kaushal

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Hosting a Hallowe’en party is all about creating the right atmosphere. There are plenty of spooky tricks you can use to create fabulous outifts and decorations for Hallowe’en. You can spray paint branches and leaves to create decorations for your home, place scary masks on the back of chairs to add to the Hallowe’en theme or you can even cut holes into old pillowcases and splatter with red food colouring or use glow-in-the-dark fabric pens to create costumes with an eerie glow. As for food, ensure your table is groaning with gruesome goodies. Here are some simple suggestions from Anita Kaushal:

Crazy Cupcakes
Pre-heat the over to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.  Crack 3 eggs into a bowl and beat lightly, then place 150g (5oz) of softened butter, 150g (5oz) of caster sugar and 175g (6oz) of self-raising flour into the bowl and beat all the ingredients with an electric mixer for approximately 2 minutes or until light and creamy. Divide the mixture into the cupcake holders and bake in the oven for approximately 15–20 minutes.  Once cool, you can add any icing of your choice.

To make the frosting, beat together 150g (5oz) of softened butter and 150g (5oz) icing sugar with an electric mixer. Once mixed, add 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence, 2 tablespoons of hot water – combine again and then divide into two bowls. Mix black food colouring in one and orange in the other and use an icing bag to make patterns onto your cupcakes. Decorate with spooky spiders, using liquorice Allsorts for bodies and piped coloured icing for legs.

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