‘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!

Your non-alcoholic spooktails may need a little something savoury with them. What could be better than severed witches’ fingers dipped in blood with hardened crunchy fingernails?!

Ingredients:

Cashew nuts

Almond nuts halved ( I think these work the best but need adult help to halve them)

10 Frankfurters

Tomato sauce

Red pepper

Instructions:

  • Cut the 10 frankfurters into 10 halves.
  • On top of each finger, cut three to four cuts across, twice,  to make the knuckles.
  • Slice off the top of un-cut end of each finger on a slant. This is where the nail will be added. To make an even better hollow for the nail, gouge out a little space about ½ cm deep.
  • Put the cut fingers in a pan of water and boil for a few minutes.
  • As soon as you see the cuts opening up and the fingers starting to curve very slightly, remove them from the pan with tongs.
  • Add the nails – carved red pepper, cashew claws or almonds sliced in half. BE CAREFUL – WE DON”T WANT REAL BLOOD! You can even push the halved almonds even further up into the finger to make them even more realistic.
  • Place the fingers on your serving plate and trickle tomato sauce over the severed ends.

I’d forgotten how tasty there were!