Kid Friendly Halloween Activities

Today – My round up of kid friendly Halloween activities, decorations and food

My round up of kid friendly Halloween activities, decorations and foodIt’s time to get your spooky on, I love this time of year! Trawling pinterest and blogs for fun ideas for kid friendly activities and decorations or the perfect Halloween party food. I’ve collected up some of my favourites to give you a head start on your Halloween planning.

Kid Friendly Halloween Activities

You can’t go wrong with this collection examples of how to make a monster. They’re all cute and non-scary.

These halloween bat crafts will be just the thing to amuse little ones for ages.

Jennifer’s Little World has some fabulous Hama bead Halloween crafts that you’ll love.

Spider Creations are the name of the game over at Pink Oddy and she also has some great alternative Halloween trick or treat options for you.

If (like me!) drawing isn’t your strength the download a free bat cut out to use as a template or stencil.

Kid Friendly Halloween Activities

Kid Friendly Halloween Decorations

Jennifer has shared a clever but simple Halloween decoration for your windows that kids will have great fun with.

These free downladable Halloween Bottle Labels will give just the right look for your spooky party table.

Making Mandala Pumpkins is a a pretty way to try something new this year.

Halloween wreath is just the way to welcome trick or treaters and let them know you don’t mind a knock.

Kid Friendly Halloween Decorations

Kid Friendly Halloween Food

If you’re looking for spooky party food then Carolin from Mummy Alarm has made spookily delicious Halloween cupcakes and Maggy has made Halloween Cookies that will both go down a treat.

For more savoury options try these Ghost Pretzels, soft pretzel dipping sticks in the shape of witch fingers and Pumpkin Patch Carrot Dippers.

And just to make sure everyone has a fabulous time, have a look at these Halloween safety tips better safe than sorry!

Venison meatballs with wild mushroom and chocolate sauce

Today – Venison meatballs with wild mushroom and chocolate sauce recipe

These richly flavoured venison meatballs celebrate all that is wonderful about late autumn and midwinter ingredients. They are a nod to the Nordic love of a good meatball, and this intensely flavoured sauce marries brilliantly with gently spiced savoy cabbage and the punchy beetroot and potato horseradish mash. Delicious with a glass of red wine, or indeed a good British beer.

Venison meatballs with wild mushroom and chocolate sauce


  • 2 x packets of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Venison Meatballs
  • 1x 30g packet of by Sainsbury’s dried mushroom selection
  • 1 small glass (125ml) red wine
  • 1x 500ml packet Sainsbury’s signature beef stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 200 ml Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference creme fraiche
  • 40g dark chocolate (at least 70%)
  • 1tbsp grainy mustard
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying the meatballs
  • 1x savoy cabbage, core removed and chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Venison meatballs with wild mushroom and chocolate sauce recipe:

Start by placing a spoonful of vegetable oil in a medium-large frying pan and warming over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry until evenly brown on all sides for a few minutes. Meanwhile place the wild mushrooms in a bowl and cover with 250ml boiling water so they swell up. Once they’ve infused for about 10 minutes drain the mushroom liquid and reserve this for the sauce. You may want to add a clean J-cloth to a sieve before draining the mushrooms so you keep any grit from the liquid. Rinse the wild mushrooms to clean them of any grit as well. Chop them finely and keep for the sauce.

Remove the meatballs from the pan once they’ve been seared on the outside and place in a separate bowl while you prepare the sauce. Using the same pan, add the red wine, the beef stock, the mushroom liquid, Worcestershire sauce and reduce this over a high heat by about half. While this is reducing roughly chop the cabbage. In a separate saucepan, place 50g butter and the caraway seeds, warming over a gentle heat before adding the cabbage and the vinegar or lemon juice along with another tablespoonful of water. Cover the pan and wilt the cabbage over a medium heat, checking every few minutes to stir the cabbage.

Next add the creme fraiche, dark chocolate and mustard to the pan with the mushroom liquid and keep simmering for a couple of minutes. Check the seasoning – it should have a rich, deep savoury flavour, and if need be add sea salt and black pepper to balance out the flavours. You can add a little more dark chocolate if you wish, or indeed more creme fraiche.

Once the sauce is the right flavour for you, add the meatballs and chopped mushrooms and gently simmer for a few minutes over low heat. Serve with Sainsbury‘s beetroot, potato and horseradish mash.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Venison meatballs with wild mushroom and chocolate sauce recipe. Do check out our other recipe posts too.

[This autumn, Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Scandinavian chef and author Signe Johansen to celebrate the UK’s new found love for hygge. Hygge (pronounced hoo-GAH) is about taking the time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Together, Signe and Sainsbury’s have created this recipe to demonstrate how you can bring these principles into the kitchen to cook fresh, wholesome, delicious Scandinavian-inspired dishes using familiar ingredients. Driven by an appreciation of exciting and innovative taste combinations, Signe’s exclusive recipes take quality British produce, like wild Scottish venison meatballs (available from Sainsbury’s), and combines them with classic Scandinavian flavours to embrace the hygge values of comfort and warmth.]

10 Bat Crafts & Activities for Halloween

10 Halloween Bat Crafts and Activities for HalloweenHalloween is nearly here! Halloween Bat crafts are all the rage in our house at the moment in the run up to the big day so I thought I’d collect up some of our favourites to share with you today. Here are 10 bat crafts from pom poms to chocolate treats to keep your whole family busy over half term and get the house looking spooky for Halloween. Check out my free Bat Cut Out printable if (like me!) you’re not so great drawing free hand.

10 Halloween Bat Crafts & Activities

10 Bat Crafts and Activities for HalloweenTop to bottom, left to right

If (like me!) you’re not great at drawing free hand I have a set of downloadable bat templates where you can find the perfect bat cut out to help you get the right look for your spooky craft.

If you’re still looking for something to amuse the kids over half term then check out our non-scary monster crafts or our collection of Autumn leaf themed activities. There’s also a printable of my 32 Autumn family traditions to give you some ideas.

10 Non-scary Monster Crafts for Kids

Today – How to make a monster with your kids for Halloween. 10 Monster crafts that won’t scare little ones

How to make a monster with your kids for Halloween. 10 cute and friendly Monster crafts that won't be too scary for little ones.

Cartoon style monster crafts are a great non-scary option for younger kids at Halloween. Preschoolers often want to get involved in all the Halloween fun but some options can be a little too frightening. The last thing we want is littlies having nightmares!

This collection of 10 fun crafts gives you lots of choice for your toddler or preschooler in the run up to Halloween and they all look pretty friendly to me.

How to make a monster with your kids for Halloween. 10 cute and friendly Monster crafts that won't be too scary for little ones.(Top to bottom, left to right)

Monster Crafts

  1. Pipe cleaner finger puppets
  2. Cup monsters
  3. Monster post box
  4. Feed the monster sorting game
  5. Monster face cookies
  6. Pebble monsters
  7. Recycled CD Monsters
  8. Toilet roll monsters
  9. Yarn wrapped rock monsters
  10. Paint chip monsters

I hope that’s helped you decided how to make a monster with your kids. You’ll find more great monster crafts and activities on our pinterest board and don’t forget to have a look at our other Halloween posts too.

If you still haven’t had enough Halloween fun then you should definitely check out some of these:

32 Autumn Family Traditions Printable #AutumnLove

Today – My Autumn family traditions. What’s your favourite Fall tradition?

This week’s drop in temperature has turned my attention to our Autumn family traditions. There are lots of things we love to do at this time of year and over time they have become traditions. Some are things that Hubs and I did as children and some are newer additions but they are all things we can enjoy doing together. Once I started planning things I realised we had quite a few activities to look forward to and decided to pull them together into a printable to share which you can download (including a low ink, printer friendly version) here.


32 Autumn Family Traditions Printable - Lots of activities for you to enjoy with your family to make the most of Fall. Do them every year and build memories that will last a lifetime. What's your favourite Fall tradition?

32 Autumn Family Traditions

  • JUMP IN A LEAF PILE – Collect your own or head to a park
  • WRITE IN FROSTY GRASS – Use your own footprints to write names or messages in the frosty grass
  • COLLECT A LEAF RAINBOW – How many different colours can you find?
  • DRINK HOT CHOCOLATE – A tasty warming treat
  • PICK BLACKBERRIES – Messy but fun!
  • MAKE BIRD FEED CAKES – Give the birds a helping hand before it gets too cold
  • TAKE A WALK IN A WOOD – Turn off your phones and surround yourselves in nature
  • HAVE A BONFIRE – Invite some friends too and wrap up warm
  • BUILD AN INSECT HOTEL – Another project to help your local wildlife
  • FAMILY FOOTBALL MATCH – In the garden or a park, there’s always time for a little healthy competition
  • PICK APPLES AND BAKE – Check out my 150+ Apple Recipes for Fall
  • BOARDGAME AFTERNOON – A cosy indoor activity for when the weathers against you
  • LIGHT THE FIRST FIRE – A lovely chance to gather together and enjoy the warmth
  • JACKET POTATOES COOKED ON A FIRE – Autumn still gives you plenty of opportunity to eat outside
  • CREATE LEAF RUBBINGS – A great educational activity for the kids that lends itself to making lovely decorations
  • APPLE BOBBING – Surprisingly tricky but lots of fun!
  • MAKE A HEDGEHOG HOUSE – Help your local hedgehogs and you might even see some babies in the spring
  • PLANT BULBS FOR THE SPRING – Foolproof gardening that the kids can get involved in easily
  • COLLECT CONKERS – Followed by arguing about the rules (usually!)
  • DECORATE A LEAFLESS TREE – Use your imagination to dress up a bare tree in the garden by hanging ornament or natural objects
  • MAKE A NEST BOX – More wildlife brownie points
  • DONATE A FOOD PARCEL – In the spirit of the Havest Festival donate to a local foodbank or charity
  • SEE SOME FIREWORKS – Who doesn’t love an evening of fireworks!
  • HOMEMADE SOUP – It’s the perfect time to experiment with some new flavours (like my Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Soup)
  • CARVE A PUMPKIN – Obviously!
  • GO FOR A PICNIC – They’re not just for summer!
  • ‘THANKFUL’ FAMILY DINNER – Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as such it’s nice to take some time to think about what you are all thankful for
  • BISCUIT OR PARKIN BAKING – Parkin is traditional but any family baking will do
  • NEW JUMPERS AND SLIPPERS – A treat for everyone to celebrate the coming cold
  • OUTDOOR FAMILY PHOTO – Get a picture of everyone enjoying the outdoors
  • TOAST MARSHMALLOWS – Indoors or out, they’re tasty either way!
  • COSY UP TO WATCH A FILM – The perfect time of year for a family movie afternoon

So those are our favourite Autumn family traditions. What are yours?

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