‘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!


Strawberry laces

Raspberry lemonade  ( any red cordial or red fizzy drink will do)


  • Put strawberry laces into a serving bowl plus about 3 laces per cup or glass
  • Pour the raspberry lemonade into the bowl and ladle into the cups.

As you’re serving your blood-worm soup drinks, you could even be sucking up a worm that got away and can tell your guests that some of the worms are quite lively so they need to watch out!