Halloween

  • 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

  • 6 Easy DIY hacks for spooktacular Halloween decorations!

    Looking for an affordable way to turn your home into a devilishly sinister haunted house this Halloween? Look no further because we’ve put together 6 easy Halloween hacks for spooky decorations below! Scroll down if you dare to discover some amazing DIY decorations, from petrifying painted pumpkins to creepy candles!

    Creepy Candles

    These creepy candles are super easy and a great decoration to place anywhere around the home this Halloween! Simply take a permanent marker and draw on two eyes and a mouth to create ghastly faces! No matter how simple or complex your designs, these candles are bound to creep out your guests!

    via www.growingspaces.net

    Painted Pumpkins

    Want to create some petrifying pumpkins without the mess? Grab a paintbrush and get creative with some painted pumpkin designs! Take inspiration from these amazing creations and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. So easy but SO effective!

    via www.thismama.co.uk

    Mason Jar Mummies

    These mason jar mummies are a great way to create a spooktacular atmosphere this Halloween. Simply wrap bandages around your jar and secure with glue (or even tie in a knot!), then glue on some googly eyes and pop in a tea light! You can even place in our colour changing LED tea lights for a twist on the classic lantern! Browse our selection of mason jars here!

    via www.alittleclaireification.com

    Wall of Bats

    A simple yet fangtastically effective Halloween project is to create a terrifying wall of bats! Print out this bat stencil, then take some black card and fold in half. Place the edge of the stencil marked ‘FOLD’ along the fold in the black card and cut out your bat shape. Unfold and stick to the wall with blu tack! Create as many bats as you like in as many sizes as you want…the more the better!

    via www.madeeveryday.com

    Tangerine Pumpkins

    A cute and quirky alternative to the classic pumpkin, these tangerine pumpkins are perfect for Halloween! Simply take a black marker and draw on your scariest pumpkin design!

    via www.pinterest.com

    Lollypop Ghosts

    We love these cute lollypop ghost creations and they’re super easy to make! Take a lollypop, like one of these Swizzels fruity pop lickables, and wrap a tissue around. Secure with ribbon or an elastic band and draw on your spookiest face! The perfect Halloween treats for your party guests!

    via www.onelittleproject.com

     

     

  • 6 free Halloween pumpkin carving templates

    Carve a petrifying pumpkin with ease using our free downloadable pumpkin templates, just print off, stick to your pumpkin, and cut out the black shapes!

    Easy pumpkin templates

    Take the hassle out of carving with these easy but fun Halloween templates!

    Download the template here

    Download the template here

    Medium pumpkin templates

    For those pumpkin carvers ready to take it to the next level this Halloween, these designs are perfect for carving a terrifying creation!

    Download the template here

    Download the template here

    Difficult pumpkin templates

    Wow your guests with these intricate pumpkin designs this Halloween! These spooky templates are sure to be a fun challenge for the carving pros.

    Download the template here

    Download the template here

    Don't forget the tea lights! Available here

    Adult supervision required at all times

  • Trick or Treat? Get all the Halloween Sweets You Need from Poundstretcher

    Trick or treat! That's right, it's that time of the year once again; Halloween is almost upon us!

    What better way to celebrate this horrifying season than with mouth-watering Halloween sweets?! Whether you wish to hand them out to trick-or-treaters or use them during spooky-scary Halloween parties, Poundstretcher have you covered with a selection of deliciously terrifying Halloween sweets!

    Halloween, formerly known as All Hallows Eve, has been thought to have its beginnings in pagan festivals held around the end of October here in the UK. People originally believed that the spirits of the dead wandered amongst the living. To avoid any nasty confrontations, they dressed in costumes whenever they had t go outside.

    Trick-or-treating arose from these beliefs. The tradition of going from house-to-house 'trick-or-treating' in the UK goes as far back as the 16th century. Throughout the years these customs were outlawed, changed, and developed into the celebrations we see today.

    So, if you're seeking for more treats than tricks this year, why not celebrate this  Halloween in 2017 with Poundstretcher? Our range of affordable and fantastic Halloween sweets will surely be a pleasant shock.

    M-M-M-Murder Motel!

    Want a great mix of spooky Halloween sweets that are themed accordingly and absolutely amazing to sink your fangs into? Well then, our Murder Motel range is just what you're looking for!

    From cyclops eyeballs and gummy body parts to shrunken skull lollipops, you'll find a spine-chilling array of terrifying and gory delights that any little (or big) monster will love to snack on. Or maybe you prefer some brain food instead? Have a mind-tingling sensation with these brain rot sherbet bottles. They're all perfect for Halloween parties and are all just £1 each!

     

     

    Spooky Scary Swizzels

    Maybe you don't want to be feasting on body parts and eyeballs? Maybe you'd rather have a Halloween that's full of Swizzels sweets instead?!

    We have a wide array from Squashies to traditional drumsticks, but why settle for the same old stuff? It's Halloween, try something themed for the occasion! Like this Swizzels Trick Or Treat Lolly Mix, or how about some Squashies with their special orange & blackcurrant flavours?

    Fancy something in higher quantity? We have you covered with these Swizzels Monster Treats of pure hair-raising delight!

     

    Gooey And Oh-So Sweet Marshmallow Cakes

    Maybe you don't want confectionery? Perhaps you'd rather have some delicious chocolate on Halloween instead? Well, if that's what you're after you can have that and so much more with these products from Mammoet Cakes!

    If you're in the mood for a chocolate coating that covers a soft centre of marshmallow filling, then why not give these Marshmallow Chocnight Cakes a try? Or better yet, try these that have been sprinkled with coconut!

     

    Chocolate in Nets!

    Or if you'd rather keep it on the small-scale, then these chocolate pumpkin balls (or eyeballs if you feel gruesome) are perfect as party favours or for giving out to trick-or-treaters.

    Want to find where your nearest Poundstretcher is so you can plan your horrifyingly great Halloween? For all your goodies (be they decorations, costumes, or sweets) then head on over to our Store Finder. You'll be able to find store locations, opening hours, and Google Map directions!

    Happy Halloween! Poundstretcher

  • Bargain Halloween Costumes For All The Family!

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    Looking for a truly 'spook-tacular' Halloween costume to wear this year?

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to transform into a vicious villain; from gruesome face-paints to 'stab-ulous' accessories, as well as our extensive range of 'splen-dead' Halloween costumes in a wide range of sizes.

    Have a SCREAM this Halloween!

    (...and not at the price tags!)

    Toddlers' Halloween Costumes

    At Poundstretcher, we have some adorable Halloween onesies to choose from for your girls and boys!

    There's a goofy spider, spooky skeleton and a cat onesie, all toddler Halloween costumes are only £6.99 EACH!

    So, make sure your little ones are kitted out for trick or treating this Halloween at Poundstretcher!

    Kids' Halloween Costumes

    For your slightly older kids, we have some 'fang-tastic' Halloween costumes for girls and boys!

    If your little Princess wants to trade in her crown for head-ware that's a little more pointy, we have some 'wand-erful' 'good' and 'evil' witch outfits!

    Hero Witch

    As well as witches, we have a spooky skeleton onesie and a charming vampire outfit, complete with a classic bat-winged collar and vintage waistcoat!

    All kids' costumes are only £7.99 EACH!

    Adult Costumes

    And why should the kids have all the fun? Check out our bargain outfits for those of us who are still kids at heart!

    This stylish witch costume is a bargain and great for Halloween parties or if you're taking your little ones trick or treating!

    Grim Reaper

    And if you really take Halloween 'dead' serious, this Grim Reaper costume is simple yet effective!

    In the adult range, you can also pick up a 'Bloody Bride'  costume, complete with a jagged trim and bloody stains or a very suave Dracula costume!

    All our adult Halloween costumes are only £12.99 EACH. Browse the Poundstretcher website to find your favourite!

    Costume Accessories

    No Halloween costume would be complete without authentic accessories! Whatever you decide to dress up as, if you're heading to a party or out trick or treating, make the full transformation with these bargain extras!

    Face Paint, Head-ware and Masks

    With our deluxe costume make-up kits, you get everything you need to transform your face!

    Complete your skeleton costume with this deluxe skull kit! Creepy teeth, face paint and a token skull and cross bones, you can take your halloween costume to the next level and are guaranteed to cause a scare!

    With other fun accessories too from only £1– like this Fangs & Blood Kit– you can become your character for a bargain!

    Check out our collection of face paints, masks and other accessories for your face or hair that will bring your Halloween costume to life!

    Accessories

    Whatever you're dressing as, make your Halloween costume authentic with a few bargain accessories!

    If you're going as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre murderer, you need  a bloody chainsaw if you want to be taken seriously!

    Only £1.49 EACH!

    We have a huge range of innovative accessories to choose from! From witches' brooms to zombie glasses, wacky wigs to bloody weapons– all for bargain prices!

    Make your Halloween costume 'DEAD' good this year at Poundstretcher!

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