‘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!


2 cups of apple juice

2 cups of orange juice

a stick of cinnamon ( other recipes suggest cloves but they makes me pull a face)

4 tablespoons of golden syrup ( you can use Maple syrup instead)

Slices of fresh orange- full orange used

Decorate your glasses with spooky faces. I used thin black card from a black carrier bag. Alternatively, draw, colour and cut out black features and then stick onto the glasses with blu-tac.


Into a pan, pour the apple juice and  orange juice

Add the syrup, cinnamon and half of the orange slices.

Warm on the hob until just boiling then remove from heat

Pour into a punch bowl

Ladle into decorated glasses and decorate with the remaining slices of orange- one cut from the edge to the centre will help you to sit the slice on the edge of the glass.