‘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!

A simple lemon and lime refreshing spooktail with added melting green ice so that the colour deepens as you hold it.

I used green food colouring but red would work instead too.

I had ice cube trays to make ice sticks, ice stars and ice cups but any shapes will do.


2 teaspoons of green food colouring

1 litre of cold water

Lime cordial

Lemon and lime fizzy flavoured water


  • Add the food colouring to the water and pour into your ice moulds then place in the freezer – they’ll need 3-4 hours to set hard
  • Pour a little lime cordial, to suit your taste, into the bottom of each glass and then top up with lemon and lime flavoured water.
  • Remove the ice from the moulds and add to the drinks. As the ice melts, the colour of the drink will darken.