THE spookiest day of the year is fast approaching.
October 31 marks Halloween, an event that dates back centuries and calls for an evening of frightening fun.
While Halloween and its origins are viewed and celebrated differently among various cultures, it is becoming more recognised in Australia with many seeing the date as the perfect excuse to have some fun dressing up, hosting themed parties, trick or treating and gathering with friends and neighbours.
Be prepared and make sure to stock up on confectionery and treats and decorate the home with a range of Halloween-themed items on sale at most party and novelty stores, discount shops, supermarkets and department stores.
The following products will help create a devilish Halloween.
Light-up Jack O Lantern: Bring Halloween to life with this Light-up Jack O Lantern decoration for the home.
Cadbury Screme Egg Minis: The new eggs are a miniature version of the much-loved Cadbury Creme Eggs and are filled with green gooey goodness encased in smooth and delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.
Cadbury Screme Egg Minis are available at major supermarkets, discount department stores and independent grocery stores nationally throughout October.
RRP: 135g bag - $4.50 , 55g - $2.30 bag.
Dusk House of Horrors collection: From spine-tingling skulls to eerie centrepieces, the limited edition collection is perfect for creating a haunted mood.
The collection is fun, stylish and terrifying and includes a huge selection of Halloween-themed candles ranging from gravestone, witches and spiders to skulls.
Make sure to check out the bleeding dinner candles. Set these black candles alight and discover their spooky secret - they ooze blood red wax (candle holder sold separately).
Animated vampire bat with flapping wings: The perfect addition to your Halloween decorations sure to surprise trick or treaters who appear on your doorstep.
Tips to keep kids safe while trick or treating
- Children will no doubt be very excited but it is important to remind them to keep safe at all times.
- Before leaving the house remind kids that they will need to take care when crossing roads, not to approach unfamiliar or unsafe areas, stay with the group and remember their manners when given lollies.
- Have an adult with the group at all times.
- Plan your route in advance.
- Consider making thank you notes for children to hand out to houses that participate.
Carve your own Jack O Lantern
Visit Woolworths supermarket, pick up a specially grown pumpkin.
Use a long knife cut off the top of the pumpkin. To scoop out the pulp an ice-cream scoop or large spoon is recommended.
Download the face stencil and draw an outline on your pumpkin. Using a knife cut around the marked shapes.
Shape the top end of a small thin parsnip to fit into the hole made for the nose. Place 2-3 tea lights and place inside the base of the pumpkin. Cover with lid.
Visit www.woolworths.com.au to download the stencil.
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