I love Halloween.
I love dressing up for Halloween. Under duress I dress up my children, dog and house. My husband is down with the dressing up but he’s firstly awesome and secondly an actor, so dressing up is second nature.
My decoration collection has steadily been growing for years. A lot of the supermarkets stock a lot of fabulous Halloween decorations nowadays and I always head to TKMaxx for any fun/extravagant extras. And I ain’t done yet.
Every year I research different themes and with the kids we come up with fun ghoulish food and drinks menus. I go full out.
(Mind you, that is true for most Holidays. I go BIG. But that’s for another day)
However, as we have small children I try and find themes that are less offensive and scary.
More Casper, less Pennywise if you will.
I love Halloween. The autumnal colours, pumpkin soup, dia de los muertos, candy, being creative – not only when it comes to costumes, but also the food.
I hate Scary Movies.
I really, really do.
Watching Poltergeist as a teenager positively traumatised me. I had nightmares for weeks. Heck, even now, if I see the TV flicker the hairs at the back of my neck stand up.
And don’t even get me started on those twins in the Shining or Linda Blair in The Exorcist.
Even though I dislike them so much, I’ve somehow watched most of the more notorious scary films.
As an adult though I refuse to watch them. My imagination runs away with me and I can’t sleep.
A lot of pop-culture references and iconic characters come from horror films. I’m sure you can name a few; Michael Myers, Jason, Norman Bates or (perhaps the scariest of all) Freddy Krueger.
Fortuitously, growing up I missed the whole Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and recently I thought it a splendid idea to acquaint myself with it. You know, to see what all the fuss was about.
Surely it wouldn’t be scary now, I’m a grown woman, it’s the middle of the day, it’s just a film.
Brooks found me on our sofa in the lounge, pop music blasting out from the speakers, all the lights on, no sound on the TV watching Nightmare of Elm Street, hiding behind a big pillow.
This year we’ll be away in Spain for Halloween so the kids and I decided to have our own spooktastic party early.
We’re making spooky brownies, spooky cupcakes and mummy frankfurters.
Today we were making hot dog mummies. Such an easy dish to make and the kids love it. Here is the recipe I used:
- a packet of hot dogs/Frankfurters (8)
- puff pastry, either shop bought or make your own
- Edible Eyes, for decorating once cooked and cooled
- An egg (for the egg wash)
- Ketchup for the (historically inaccurate, yet very tasty) blood
Preheat your oven to about 180 (160 Fan assisted)
Take your puff pastry out and carefully cut out thin strips.
Now thread the strips around the frankfurters. You don’t have to be too precise, they’re mummies after all.
Once you’ve covered them with pastry, place them on a baking sheet.
Egg wash your frankfurter mummies.
Place in your oven and bake until the pastry is brown. (About 15 – 20 minutes or so)
Take your hot dogs out and let them cool. Add little dots of mustard at the top of every frankfurter and add the edible eyes for the finished look.