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  • Get Ghoulishly Great Halloween Decorations at Poundstretcher

    Halloween is when all the spooky, ghoulish things come out to play. Not only does that make it a great excuse to get dressed up in fantastic Halloween costumes, but there’s also ample opportunity to decorate rooms, offices, and any space you fancy with Halloween decorations.

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to have a Halloween to remember! With a wide variety of bargain Halloween decorations to help set the mood, you can be sure everyone will get into the fright night feel.

     

     Spooky Lights

    Getting the right lights in place goes a long way when it comes to creating that creepy Halloween vibe. Poundstretcher is the place to head to in order to find themed lights that are the perfect addition to anywhere you want to give a frightening feel to.

    We stock a selection of spooky Halloween lights that come in a range of shapes such as bats, spiders, pumpkins and ghosts.

    There are also string lights with a Halloween style available. Take a look at our eyeball and pumpkin string lights. These are great items to hang to create a scary environment in which to celebrate this spooky day.

     

    Truly Ghoulish Products

    Here at Poundstretcher, we know exactly what will get those pulses racing and people jumping out of their skin this Halloween.

    For starters, we have scary spider webs and 4 packs of spider web decorations. These really give off that creepy vibe needed for a Halloween party, as do these fright tape products, which we have available with messages such as ‘Biohazard’ and ‘Enter if you dare’.

    We stock tinsel Halloween decorations too. Take a look at these pumpkin, black cat and spider web decorations – ideal items for creating a spooky vibe. If you want something even scarier, then why not grab these spooky rat and bird skeleton models, or these hanging caged skeletons, available in silver or gold.

    Why not think about a hanging bone angel skeleton or a creepy skull chain? Or for those people looking to create a really nightmarish vibe, we have hanging pirate skullscreepy rat decorations, and even a severed leg available! These are sure to give any guests to your Halloween party the heebie-jeebies!

     

    Family Fun Decorations

    We know these kinds of decorations aren’t for everybody, so our range of Halloween decorations at Poundstretcher caters to all the family.

    We offer glitter shapes of pumpkins and skulls, as well as glow in the dark googly eyes, spooky tea lights and Halloween character bunting.

    In fact, we have a variety of partyware available. We stock Halloween balloons, glow sticks, and Halloween garlands, so there’s no reason not to head to your nearest Poundstretcher store for all your Halloween 2018 needs!

  • Spookily Great Ideas for Your Halloween Costumes This Year

    Whether you’re going to a party or heading out Trick or Treating, dressing up for Halloween is a lot of fun. Getting your costume looking truly ghoulish and scary can really add to your Halloween experience, so don’t have a casual approach.

    Poundstretcher has a great Halloween range in store, allowing you to purchase exactly what you need to celebrate this spooky day in style.

    Included in our collection is a host of Halloween costumes for kids as well as Halloween fancy dress for adults. So there’s no excuse not to scare the living daylights out of your friends and family on 31st October.

    We’ve picked out some of our favourite costumes for Halloween to share with you and inspire you to visit our store. So why not pick up some great, cheap Halloween costumes from Poundstretcher today?

     

    Great, Ghoulish Options for Kids

    Kids love to get into the spirit of things at Halloween and having a great children’s Halloween costume is the perfect way to do this.

    We stock brilliant Rainbow Witch, X-Ray Skeleton and Clown costumes that can help kids really get into the Halloween spirit and embrace the occasion.

    Poundstretcher is renowned as the perfect place to pick up great items at low prices. So ahead of this Halloween, we’ve got fantastic deals on these Witch, Grim Reaper and Ghost costumes for kids. Get your children into character and let them enjoy Halloween while looking great.

    Spooky Halloween Costumes for Adults

    Nobody’s too old to get into that spooky Halloween spirit. That’s why there is a superb range of Halloween fancy dress costumes for adults as well as children available at Poundstretcher.

    We stock streaked neon wigs in colours such as orange and purple that look fabulous and are a great way to get that bold, Halloween look going.

    Poundstretcher also stocks deluxe wicked witch hats, as well as spider web witch headbands and exciting Spider web-style hats too.

    Masks are a must-have when it comes to Halloween fancy dress, and we have a wide collection at Poundstretcher. Pick from our Shiny Sinister masks, available in red and blue options, as well as hockey horror masks and skull masks that are truly terrifying. These Frankenstein and Hooded masks are also particularly spooky.

     

    Terrifying Accessories

    To add the finishing touches to your Halloween outfit, Poundstretcher also stocks a wide range of accessories such as fake blood spray and fake clotting blood, makeup sets and glow in the dark bracelets.

    We also have a superb selection of Halloween decorations, sweets and partyware, so be sure to head to your nearest Poundstretcher to stock up on everything you need for Halloween 2018.

    You can find your nearest store here, so don’t delay!

  • Show Your Appreciation with These Amazing 'Thank You Teacher' Cards

    It's that time of year once again; the sun has come out in full force and the school summer holidays are approaching rapidly! Whatever your age (whether it's primary school or university), why not say 'Thank You, Teacher!' to all the dedicated and hard-working educators out there shaping you for the future!

    One way to show how much you care? There's always our range of fantastic gifts and thoughtful cards! So you know what to expect, check out our selection of bargain-priced cards (all 50p); they're the perfect way to show your appreciation for all the hard work your teacher(s) put in.

     

    1. No.1 Teacher!

    Let's start (appropriately enough) with this World's No. 1 Teacher cut-out shaped card, outlining just how much of a winner you think your own/child's teacher is!

    Featuring a bright and bold blackboard design, this card is premium quality for an amazing price! The message inside reads: Of all the teachers in the world, you're No. 1.

     

    2. Thanks A Bunch!

    How about a greetings card with a bit of fruity humour? This cute 'Thanks a Bunch' design, with a luxury finish, is just the thing to let your teacher know exactly how you feel!

    There's nothing better than a good pun or two! The message inside even has one, it reads: So 'grape-ful' for everything. Thank you.

     

    3. Thank You Wise Owl

    What's more appropriate for your wise teacher than a card with a mortarboard-wearing owl? Say 'Thank you, teacher' and let them know they're the best!

    This bold design is finished with a rounded cut-out shape, and inside reads: You make learning such fun. Thank You.

     

    4. World's Best Teacher!

    Want a card with a bold and huge statement? If you want to really shout out about how your teacher is the world's best, then grab this card with it's bright and in-your-face design!

    The message inside reads: Top marks on being a great Teacher! Thanks for everything.

     

    5. Thank You So Much!

    If you want to go down the cute route, then why not grab this adorable cat 'thank you so much' card?

    Featuring such a sweet design and finished with sparkling glitter, the inside of the card reads: Just a note to say Thank You!

    Also, if you feel especially crafty, why not browse through our arts & crafts range to see if you can't whip up something of your very own!

    And where would you be able to find all your gifts, cards, and other goodies? Why, just check out our Store Finder for your nearest store, not to mention everything you could need, from opening hours to Google Map directions.

  • Kick Off The World Cup With Massive Bargains

    Very soon, cheers will roar and BBQs will fire up as the most anticipated sports event in the world will have everyone's attention.

    All eyes will be fixed upon their TVs, at least that's the case with us here at Poundstretcher, as 32 teams compete in the FIFA World Cup in Russia!

    So, why not invite your friends and family over for some tasty grub and delicious drinks? From there you can enjoy the game as well as some fantastic bargains from Poundstretcher!

     

    Stuff to Eat

    From Seabrook crisps to Pringles (such as our Thai Green Curry, Mac & Cheese, and BBQ Ribs flavours), we have such a wide range of crisps alone that'll go perfectly with your footy.

    Nutsbiscuitspopcorn, and more, we have everything that will turn your get-togethers or parties into winning successes! We also have a wide range of delectable sweets and chocolate to cheer about too!

    With the sun being out and the heat rising, letting us all know that summer is definitely here, why not break out the BBQ and have a delightful garden party (that may or may not coincide with the football).

    Whatever you want cooking up, be it burgers, sausages, or a vegetarian alternative, we have everything you could need for everything to go 100% a-okay.

     

    Stuff to Drink

    Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Fanta, we have it all for you here in all manner of sizes and quantities! It's always good to stock up on drinks for a party or even if you're just watching the game by yourself. The last thing you want is to run out of Coke right before kick-off!

    We also have a number of energy drinks, such as Rockstar, for those late night matches!

    So, with the start of the World Cup being mere days away, why not stock up on supplies and stuff your cupboards full of goodies?! If you want to find your nearest store, just check out our handy Store Finder to find your nearest Poundstretcher today!

  • Poundstretcher Sets Up Shop In Sunny Great Yarmouth

    Following our fantastic Market Deeping store opening yesterday, we're on a roll as we launch another grand store opening today in sunny Great Yarmouth! The sun and the bargains were out today as Poundstretcher played host to yet another amazing opening, the store officially being officially opened by the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Kerry Robinson Payne.

    The people of Great Yarmouth had a top choice of stellar bargains waiting for them, with further celebrations in the shape of an action-packed Fun Day! We had free games, amazing giveaways, balloons, game shows, and so much more!

    With an investment of £1 million, this large former BHS store has been modelled to enhance the shopping experience for all our Great Yarmouth customers. The store has also recruited 20 new members of staff (part and full time) from the local area to become part of the Poundstretcher team.

    Offering a great selection of branded food and drink, be on the look-out for our range of seasonal products, providing great bargains every day. We have all you'd ever need this spring to turn your outdoor space into a lush paradise, be it gardening supplies, solar lights, garden furniture, or outdoor games.

    Brian Brownlie, area manager, commented: “Poundstretcher has invested a huge amount into bringing this amazing shopping experience to the people of Great Yarmouth.

    “We have lots of famous brands on offer at unbeatable prices, making it a good reason for our customers to enjoy the new store. As a company, I feel we have never had a better-branded offer!

    "The entire day itself was great. The team worked hard to deliver an outstanding experience for our new customers with great service and an enjoyable shopping environment.”

    Thanks to all our loyal customers and hard-working staff in Great Yarmouth for making this newest grand opening a memorable one!

  • New Market Deeping Poundstretcher Opens At Old Co-Op

    Excitement and good times were had by all yesterday after a fantastic Poundstretcher opening rocked Market Deeping! Located on Godsey Lane, we were delighted to have the Mayor of Market Deeping, Mrs. Pauline Redshaw, with us to officially open the store for trade!

    With fantastic bargains waiting for the people of Market Deeping, we further celebrated our grand opening the usual way... with an action-packed Fun Day! We had free games, amazing giveaways, balloons, game shows, and so much more!

    With an investment of £500,000, this newly designed former Co-Op store has all current staff positions secured. and is the final Co-Op store we have taken over. Previously, we have had our last four (Ramsey, SwaffhamSyston, and Dronfield) Co-Op-to-Poundstretcher Stores opened within the last two months, employing over 100 members of staff in all.

    Offering a great selection of branded food and drink, be on the look-out for our range of seasonal products, providing great bargains every day. We have all you'd ever need this spring to turn your outdoor space into a lush paradise, be it gardening supplies, solar lights, garden furniture, or ornaments.

    Kerris Pollit, area manager, commented: “The entire day was amazing, and overall it was a very successful grand opening.

    "All the locals were pleased with everything we had to offer and all the bargains available to them. It's very satisfying to see all our customers happy after being given such a pleasant shopping experience."

    A big shout-out to all our loyal customers and hard-working staff in Market Deeping for making this Poundstretcher grand opening run smooth as always!

  • Get Set for Spring Cleaning with Our 5 Easy Tips

    Where has the time gone? It's April already and spring is very much in full bloom! With Easter now behind us, it's time to think about (if you haven't already) cracking on with some spring cleaning before it slips away from you!

    With our wide range of products here at Poundstretcher, you'll have everything you need to tackle this task before you. Here are a few quick tips to help make everything easier and our top choice of cleaning products to use.

     

    Tip #0: Before You Begin - Clean Your Utensils

    The last thing you want is to track more dirt and pesky dust bunnies around your home, right? Well, then one of the first things you should consider before sweeping your brooms left, right, and centre is to give the bristles a good cleaning. This goes for any cloths you wish to use too.

    Just simply give them a quick once-over with your vacuum (making sure to give the nozzle a clean afterwards too) or wash it with warm, soapy water. Also make sure you give your sponges a good soak too.

     

    Tip #1: Clean Your Light Fixtures

    You'll be amazed at how dusty your light fixtures can get, and also at how much it can slightly alter the lighting in your home. All it takes is a quick climb up a stepladder, a sponge, and some handy Flash all-purpose cleaner to get the job done.

    Regular up-keep also prevents the build-up in these tough to reach places, meaning you'll have a cleaner home. It's especially useful to bear in mind if someone in the house has dust allergies and/or breathing difficulties.

     

    Tip #2: Wipe Every Surface, Even Vertical Ones

    It isn't just the kitchen counters and other horizontal surfaces you should clean on a regular basis. Build-up can occur on your cupboard doors and drawers too, almost seeming invisible. It's a good idea to give everything a good wipe with some antibacterial surface cleaner to get rid of the germs for good.

     

    Tip #3: Deep Clean Your Fridge

    Same as the windows, make sure you clean the inside and outside of your fridge; you'd be surprised how much grime can gather on your fridge door! Gather up all your refrigerated supplies and give the entire inside a good clean. Pull out all the interior shelves and wash them in warm soapy water, followed by wiping down everything else that cannot be removed (this includes the sides, bottom, and fridge 'ceiling'.).

     

    Tip #4: Clean the Windows Inside & Out

    First off, did you know it's a better idea to clean your windows on a cloudy day? That way you can ensure the water and Mr Muscle window spray will not dry and create a load of speckles before you're done.

    It can be difficult to clean the outside of your windows if they're not reachable at ground level. However, it's worth making sure they're just as clean as the inside. What's the point of cleaning the windows on the inside, if there are smudges and dirt on the outside? One product that can help you is our Window Cleaning Kit, containing a rubber squeegee, microfibre mop, a replacement window mop pad, ergonomic hand grip, and telescopic pole (that extends to 1.05cm approx.)!

     

    Tip #5: Declutter All The Clutter

    Finally, tackle the biggest part of spring cleaning (getting rid of and/or organising all your clutter) with our range of storage options! This doesn't mean cramming things anywhere, stuffing them into a box, and leaving them under the bed. No, you might as well do a complete clear out of all your unwanted books, movies, and knick-knacks (either selling them on eBay or giving them to a charity shop). The rest of them can then be organised by size/subject/genre and then neatly aligned.

    For your clothes, some over-door hooks can work wonders in freeing up some space, as would placing your random bits and pieces in any of our plastic storage containers. Also, similar to organising your books and movies, it would be worth doing the same for clothes. Having a designated space for each type of clothing (and also arranging them by occasion) would make your daily routine much smoother.

     

    Have any other top tips on cleaning wizardry to share? Maybe you're a domestic deity who wishes to impart a fantastic way of tackling daily cleaning chores? Well then, share your thoughts and views on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and also be sure to check out our weekly competitions and amazing deals.

    Want to find your nearest store? Well, just use our Store Finder and your local store (including directions and opening hours) will be available to you in a flash.

  • 4 Fun Easter Activities for the Whole Family

    Easter is almost upon us, and so is the 2-week break from school for all those happy kiddies out there! What better way to spend it as a family than doing some creative and crafty activities together? Here's a pick of 4 fantastic things you can all do together and make this Easter truly special?

    Crafting & Making

    Let both grown-ups and little ones alike get crafty with this Easter-themed craft kit! It's the perfect set of coloured paper shapes (with glittery butterflies and bunnies in abundance), string, and sequins. You'll have everything you need to make great Easter cards for relatives or even an Easter masterpiece to put on the fridge!

    However, if you feel like wearing what you craft, why not check out our Make Your Own Easter Bonnet Kit! What better way to celebrate Easter and give the kids something fun and creative to do than designing their own Easter bonnet?! It's a great and fun activity for all the family.

    Baking Up A Treat

    Get your bake-on and try your hand at making some delicious Easter cupcakes with this decorating kit! Baking is the perfect Easter activity, and with this adorable cupcake decorating kit, you'll be able to make and decorate your own easter cupcakes! Containing 24 cupcake cases and 24 assorted toppers, this cupcake decorating set is bound to help you create some delicious Easter treats!

    Or if cupcakes aren't your thing, why not check out these Easter Cookie Cutters! Containing 2 rabbit shapes, an egg shape, and a chick shape, this cookie cutter set is bound to help you create some delicious Easter treats!

    Decorate Your Own Easter Egg!

    Why not just get into the Easter spirit and take part in the grand tradition of decorating your own Easter egg?! With this standard carton of designable plain eggs, you can use the 5 washable markers provided so your little ones can turn those six boring eggs into something fantastic and egg-citing using all manner of patterns and colours!

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Finally, why not go with the tradition and fun activity that is a grand Easter egg hunt?! With our very own Easter Egg Hunt Kit, you and your little ones will have everything for the perfect activity for this upcoming break! Contains various egg counters, adorable 'this way signs', and storage bags, everything needed for an egg-citing time!

    How about checking out where your nearest store is so you can grab these fantastic bargains before they're all gone? Our useful Store Finder is the ideal way to find directions and opening times of all the stores in your area. Be sure to check out our Facebook Twitter pages to hear more about other great bargains and competitions happening right now!

  • Top 4 Cracking Chocolate Easter Eggs For Under £3.50

    Easter is that time of year where new life is starting, the kids get 2 weeks off from school, and also chocolate eggs are everywhere! Make sure you grab yourself the best bargain possible this Easter with Poundstretcher's seasonal range of tasty Easter eggs!

     

    Malteaster Chocolate Bunny & Egg - £1

    You know it's Easter when the delicious chocolate bunnies start to show themselves (not to mention all those mouthwatering chocolate eggs they bring with them). So, what better way to enjoy this time of year and a good bargain than with this tasty chocolate Easter egg paired with a MaltEaster Chocolate Bunny?

    This extra bunny-shaped treat inside is a delightful milk chocolate one with a crunchy & creamy Maltesers centre.

     

    Pokémon Easter Egg & Chocolate Buttons - £3.49

    Surprise and treat your little Pokémon Master this Easter with a Pokémon Easter Egg containing some 'Catch 'em All' giant buttons! With a fun and adorable Pokémon design, featuring the ever-lovable Pikachu and a whole host of Poké Balls, any fan of the video game or TV series will simply love this delicious chocolate treat!

    If they're a total gearhead then we also have a Top Gear Easter Egg & Giant Buttons set too!

     

    Milk Chocolate Easter Egg & Bar - £1 each

    Whether a fan of PJ Masks, Peppa Pig, My Little Pony, or Paw Patrol, why not treat them this Easter with this milk chocolate Easter egg. What could be better? Well, these come with an extra bar of chocolate for even more chocotastic fun! And there's no need to worry, these treats are nut safe and have no artificial flavours. We're sure this British-made chocolate will go down a treat this spring!

     

    My Little Pony Mug & Easter Egg Set - £2.49

    Maybe whoever you're getting an Easter egg for is a total My Little Pony fan? If that's the case then this My Little Pony Mug & Easter Egg set is a fantastic choice. Coming with a delightfully vibrant cartoony mug that's perfect for hot chocolates (featuring the likes of Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie), it's paired with a tasty chocolate egg that your little one is sure to love it!

     

     

    Also, don't forget any gift bags you might need to conceal your eggs until the big day!

     

    How about checking out where your nearest store is so you can grab these fantastic bargains before they're all gone? Our useful Store Finder is the ideal way to find directions and opening times of all the stores in your area. Be sure to check out our Facebook Twitter pages to hear more about other great bargains and competitions happening right now!

  • Have a Chocotastic Spring With These 5 Easter Chocolates For £1

    March is quickly approaching! With Easter that little bit earlier this year (April 1st), that leaves just under three weeks to get all your Easter bits and pieces sorted. From chocolate to eggs, to gifts and crafts, there's so much to prepare and plan for, right?

    Well, here at Poundstretcher we have all you need to have a great Easter Sunday (and the entire Easter break if you've got youngsters with you).

    Kinder Chocolate Mini Eggs - £1

    Let's start with a fantastic Easter treat from Kinder! Why not indulge in the delicious creamy flavour of these Kinder Mini Eggs? With more milk and less cocoa, these sublime milk chocolate covered mini eggs have a tasty hazelnut centre. They're a great gift for chocolate-lovers, but they also can make a great treat for yourself!

     

     

    Galaxy Chocolate Golden Egg Bag - £1

    If milky hazelnut chocolates aren't your thing, why not try these delectable and sweet golden eggs? The dazzling gleam of gold paired with Galaxy chocolate is just mesmerising enough to tantalise your tastebuds. With crunchy caramel included, these luxurious-looking delights make for a fantastic gift/treat for anyone this Easter!

     

     

    Chocolate Speckled Egglets - £1

    For fans of Paw Patrol and My Little Pony, why not treat them this Easter to a bag of delicious chocolate speckled egglets? Each bright cartoony bag is sure to be adored by your little ones, with each packed full of colourful speckled mini eggs. These mouth-watering treats make the perfect gift this Easter, and all for £1 a bag!

     

     

    Malteaster Chocolate Mini Bunnies - £1

    You know it's Easter when the delicious chocolate bunnies start to show themselves, and what better way to enjoy this time of year than with a bag full of MaltEaster Chocolate Bunnies? With delicious bunny-shaped milk chocolate coating a crunchy & creamy Maltesers centre, it's hard to not want to have a whole bag just to yourself!

     

     

    Cadbury Creme Egg - 39p

    Of course, you all should have known this item HAD to be on the list. It's hunting season, so go and egg-cite your tastebuds this Easter with a deliciously gooey Cadbury Creme Egg! Go on, you know you want to! A national favourite, you can indulge and enjoy the thick chocolate shell with its sweet mouth-watering fondant filling! Make sure to grab them before they're all gone, they don't hang around all year!

    Want to check out where your nearest store is so you can grab these goodies before they're all gone? Well, our Store Finder is just what you need to find directions and opening times of all the stores in your area. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook Twitter pages to hear more about other great bargains and competitions happening right now!

  • Great Bird Products To Help Your Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

    Get yourself ready for this weekend, as it's finally the Big Garden Birdwatch! From Saturday 27th to Monday 29th it's all about counting and noting down the range of avian wildlife that's all around us. So, why not stock up on some last-minute bird supplies? Here're a few quick selections to really help enhance what you'll be able to see right in your back garden.

     

    Oakdale Filled Bird Feeder - £1.99

    One of the best ways to encourage more birds to venture into your garden is to use a bird feeder. With this already-filled Oakdale bird feeder, you can hit the ground running with attracting a wide variety of garden birds. It's easy to hang, clean, and refill, making it an ideal all-year feeder.

    We carry a range of feeders, from those shaped like teacups, metallic ones, and even a huge multi-feeder bird station!

    Tub of 50 Fatballs - £3.99

    To attract birds to your garden you'll need a supply of tasty treats for them to enjoy. We have loads of different types that birds just LOVE; one of which is this tub of 50 wild bird fatballs.  Suitable for year-round feeding, these balls contain an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that energieses wild birds to keep them active and healthy.

    If 50 is a little TOO much for you, then we also have this 6 pack of fatballs that would be perfect for the coming weekend.

     

    Mealworms 400g - £4.99

    Another great treat for garden birds would be this 400g tub of mealworms. A natural snack, these will help keep Britain's birds healthy throughout the winter due to being high in protein and healthy fats. You'll be able to give them the energy to keep flying strong so they can return to your place for another helping in the future.

     

    Wild Bird Seed 1kg - 69p

    Another food you can present to your fine feathered friends would be this 1kg bag of wild bird seeds! The sheer size is ideal to last a while so you can keep all the visiting birds to your garden well-fed. Use it to fill your bird feeder and let all manner of birds to flock!

    You'll be surprised how any one of these treats can help attract a greater variety of birds to your garden (and not just for the birdwatch)! You'll be able to admire so many more visiting finches, sparrows, pigeons, and so many more (depending on where you live) as they fuel-up with a passing snack in your garden!

    So, head on over to the RSPB website to hear more about the event, however, not before you check out Poundstretcher's Find-a-Store to see where your nearest store is located. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter channels for more news, competitions, and great offers!

     

  • Recipe: Devilicious Halloween Cookies

    These devilicious cookies are the perfect treat for your ghoulish guests this Halloween!  Use our cookie cutters to create spooky shapes then get creative with your icing to really make these cookies spooktacular!

    Preparation time: 1 to 2 hours

    Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins

    Serves: 20

    Ingredients

    • 250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened
    • 250g/9oz golden caster sugar
    • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour
    • red and black food colouring (optional)
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • Halloween-themed cookie cutters
    • red, white and black writing icing
    • 200g/7oz ready-to-roll fondant icing
    • 1 tbsp apricot jam, warmed with 1tsp water

    Method

    1. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl, preferably using an electric mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. (If the mixture looks a little curdled, add a spoonful of the flour.) If you’re using food colouring, add a few drops to the mixture.

    2. Sift together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir the flour into the butter mixture and work into a dough using floured hands. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead into a ball (the dough will be quite wet). Divide the dough into two portions, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least one hour.

    3. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

    4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on lightly floured work surface. (It’s best to roll out one portion of the dough at a time, leaving the remainder in the fridge.) Cut shapes out with the Halloween cutters. Take a few limbs and heads off the gingerbread man for added gore.

    5. Place the cookies onto the baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case they spread a little.

    6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

    7. Once cool, let your imagination run wild. Use the red writing icing along the edges of the missing limbs and heads as blood. For the skeletons and mummies, roll the fondant icing out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a work surface dusted with icing sugar and cut out shapes using the same cutters as the cookies. Brush the cookies with the warmed apricot jam and stick the icing onto the cookies. Decorate with the white and black writing icing.

    Recipe credit: BBC Food

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