‘Life is like a garden- you only get out of it, what you put into it.’

That’s what my lovely Mum used to tell me. It’s still relevant every day.  Now that a potentially flat Hallowe’en is coming up, we can either dodge it, moan about it or just embrace it.  If you’re planning on creating a fun-themed atmosphere in your house for the children or for any adults who are doing Stay Sober for October ( Macmillan Support Services fund-raiser) then read on.

I’ve tried out a few recipes for alcohol-free, ‘Spooktails’ and I’d like to share with you which children can mostly manage themselves.  I’ve tried to keep it simple. Who’s got time to go and get 47 specialist ingredients that are going to end up down the plughole or tossed in the poor pot plant?

I planned on going to a couple of supermarkets but ended up getting everything at my nearest shop, LIDL.

Enjoy it while you write a spell….

Eye of a newt, wing of a bat,

Toe of a frog and hair of a cat,

Turn my brother into a rat!


Ice cream- 1 full scoop

2/3 glass of lemonade or coke

Jelly treats to decorate


  • Put your glass on a tray ( keeps the adults happy as they don’t like mess)
  • Fill it 2/3 full – that’s over half way but not to the top
  • Add a scoop of ice-cream and stir it in for about 10 seconds and your foaming brew will slowly froth.

I used lemonade and vanilla ice-cream which makes a sweet and lemony froth.

Decorate with your scary, jelly treats