Grab sweet deals on treats and impress the kids with Mrs Crunch’s spooky Halloween recipes

WITH just a week to go to the spookiest day of the year, there are some scarily good deals to help celebrate Halloween.

Creep to the shops for bargains on loot bags, sweets and more.

Grab some scarily good deals this Halloween
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Bags

PLUSH BAG: Plush witch treat bag, £4 at Morrisons

CLEAR BAG: Clear loot bag, £1 at Poundland

These bargain bags are a fun way for kids to carry their treats this Halloween
These bargain bags are a fun way for kids to carry their treats this Halloween

FELT BAG: Vampire felt bucket, £1.79 at Aldi
SAVE: 22p on similar items ­elsewhere.

PARTY BAGS: Halloween party bags, six per pack, £1 at Morrisons
SAVE: 50p on similar items ­elsewhere

LOOT SCOOP: Halloween giant loot scoop in green, orange or black, was £5 now £2.99 at B&M Stores
SAVE: £2.01

Sweets

CHOCOLATE: Cadbury 12-pack treat-size buttons, 170g, was £2.50 now £1.50 at Morrisons
SAVE: £1

CANDY: Barratt Tricks Mix bag 180g, was £1 now 89p at Tesco
SAVE: 11p

Get your sweets sorted for less with these great deals
Get your sweets sorted for less with these great deals

MULTIBUY: Buy two £4 sweet tubs for £5 at Morrisons. Includes Haribo share the fun 28-treat packs 700g, Barratt Retros sweet tub 630g and Swizzels super stars variety mix 630g
SAVE: £3 ­buying two. Offer ends October 31

SHAPING UP: Scary milk chocolate shapes, were 49p now 29p at Aldi
SAVE: 20p

VEGAN: Veggie Colin the Caterpillar sweets, two for £2.50 at M&S.

The pumpkin carving guide

  1. Choose a pumpkin with a good stem. A thick stem means a heavy pumpkin, which is better for carving.
  2. Don’t be scared of a freakishly shaped pumpkin. For something extra scary, go for a giant pumpkin or large ghost pumpkin.
  3. Pick the right tools. Get the kids to draw a design with marker pen and buy a reliable pumpkin carving kit for just £1 at Morrisons. You can also use ­cocktail sticks and an ice cream scoop or a knife (under adult supervision).
  4. Use a terrifying design. The easiest way to carve a masterpiece is to download a template which can then be pinned or taped to the fruit. Download free designs at my.morrisons.com/Halloween. Or for your little monsters, toddlers will enjoy simply drawing faces on tiny pumpkins with marker pens.
  5. Time it right. Carve your pumpkin with the kids on the day you want to display it. The pumpkins begin to collapse and start oozing unpleasantness within 48 hours.
  6. Lance the lid. Draw a circle for a lid, 5cm from the stem. Push your carving tool through the skin and start drawing the knife back and forth in a sawing motion, ­cutting at a slight angle.
  7. Spill out the gory guts. Gouge out the pumpkin’s guts using an ice cream or pumpkin scoop or large spoon. Scrape the innards clean so that light will shine through. Don’t throw it all away, though — dig out your cauldron and make a warming pumpkin soup for Halloween lunch instead.
  8. Prepare the pumpkin. Using a template, prick your design on to the pumpkin with a cocktail stick, then dab talcum powder over it to make the design stand out.
  9. Carve carefully. Cut out your kids’ designs along the drawn lines or cocktail stick pricks using a pumpkin carver, drawing it back and forth.
  10. Use an LED light. Don’t use a naked flame, which can be a fire hazard and should never be left unattended. Instead, pop an LED tealight into your pumpkin.

Bewitching dishes

Keep the vampires away with Morrisons ten frozen garlic bread slices, now 85p, down from £1.

At Iceland get a free Haribo mega bag worth £3 when you buy three party food packs including Iceland Ten Mummy prawns 200g, £3, and Bernard Matthews limited edition spooky shapes, 675g, £3.

These treats are both spooky and tasty
These treats are perfect for a Halloween party

For a crowd of little devils stock up on Morrisons 50 cocktail sausage rolls, £1.60, from the frozen aisle.

Put the frighteners on with Walkers Monster Munch variety pack (12 x 22g) half price at Morrisons, making them £1.50.

Get a frighteningly good 20 per cent off Herta ten Frankfurter sausages at Waitrose, now £1.72. Slice in half and dip in tomato sauce for a DIY severed ­finger. Sink your teeth into selected Morrisons frozen party food for £1 including chilli cheese bites.

Stake your claim to Morrisons frozen chicken yakitori skewers, £2.

Sweet spine-chillers

Decorate your own house of horrors with Morrisons Halloween house cake, £5.

Have a nibble on Mr Kipling toffee terror whirls, £1 from Waitrose.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these tasty treats
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these tasty treats

Guests will bite your hand off for the Co-op’s Share If You Dare mini cupcake platter, £2 for a nine-pack.

Tuck into Cadbury’s four Halloween pumpkin patch cakes from Tesco, £2.

The Co-op’s Freaky Frankie’s popping candy brains, coated with milk chocolate will blow kids’ minds and are just £1 for eight.

Have the slime of your life with McVities Jaffa cakes lemon and slime cake bars, £1 at Morrisons.

Devilishly good wine

MAKE deadly serious savings on wine at Morrisons with two selected bottles for £12 including the scary sounding 19 Crimes Red, £9 and The Wanted Zin Zinfandel, £10.

Morrisons also has buy two for £10 on selected wines including Head Honcho Sauvignon Blanc, £6.50, and Braveheart Malbec, £5.75.

Save £1 on The Reckoning Old Vine Red from Co-op
Save £1 on The Reckoning Old Vine Red from Co-op

Save a spooky £1 on The Reckoning Old Vine Red from the Co-op, now £6.50.

Get 25 per cent off when you buy six bottles of wine at Tesco including ­Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon, which is already down from £8 to £6 until October 28.

Watch those tootsies, with Barefoot Merlot down from £6.75 to £5.50 at Sainsbury’s.

Ales and lager

BOTTLE the spirit of Halloween with these brilliant beer buys.

Get two cases of selected beer and cider for £16 at Morrisons including Stella Artois (10 x 440ml) and John Smith’s Extra Smooth (10 x 440ml). Individually they’re priced bet­ween £9.25 and £10.54.

Save 25p on Adnams Ghost Ship at Waitrose
Save 25p on Adnams Ghost Ship at Waitrose

For a hauntingly good beer, Adnams Ghost Ship, 500ml, is down from £1.75 to £1.50 at Waitrose.

Another ale, Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger Strong Ale, 500ml, is £1.20 at Aldi.

Spooky sounding Wychwood Hobgoblin Ale, 500ml, is £1.25 at Asda.

Spooky spirits

NOT for the faint-hearted, there are great deals in the spirits aisle.

Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire is down from £25 to £16 at Morrisons.

Bombay Sapphire Gin is reduced from £21 to £16 at Tesco
Bombay Sapphire Gin is reduced from £21 to £16 at Tesco

Save on Beefeater Blood Orange Flavoured Gin at Sainsbury’s, down from £16 to £14.

Save on scary spirits at Tesco including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, 70cl, down from £26 to £16 and Bombay Sapphire Gin, 70cl, reduced from £21 to £16.

Soft drinks

KIDS will love Pumpkin Tree organic pear juice drink, 66p from Waitrose.

Treat the kids to Pumpkin Tree organic pear juice drink from Waitrose
Treat the kids to Pumpkin Tree organic pear juice drink from Waitrose

Add fizz to your party with two for £6 on Pepsi multi-pack drinks at Waitrose, £3.50 each.

San Pellegrino Orange and Blood Orange six-pack down from £3.74 to £3 at Morrisons, online only.

Severed-finger sausage rolls

Makes 20

Give sausage rolls a Halloween twist with this spooky recipe
Give sausage rolls a Halloween twist with this spooky recipe

You need:

  • 375g sheet of puff pastry
  • 350g frankfurters
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 10 black pitted olives
  • Tomato ketchup

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5 and line an oven tray with baking parchment.
  2. Halve the frankfurters. The round ends will be the “fingertips”.
  3. Cut the pastry into three lengthways, then cut each length into seven even strips.
  4. Roll pastry around each frankfurter half, pinching it at the “tip”.
  5. With a sharp knife, cut “knuckles” into the pastry.
  6. Mix the egg and milk then brush over the fingers.
  7. Halve the olives and press one half on to each finger as a “nail”.
  8. Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden.
  9. To serve, dip base of each finger in ketchup.
Morrisons
Mrs Crunch recipes in association with Morrisons

Frog-spawn punch

Serves 16

Keep your drinks on-theme with this frog-spawn punch that the whole family can enjoy
Keep your drinks on-theme with this frog-spawn punch that the whole family can enjoy

You need:

  • 270g lime jelly
  • 4 kiwi fruit
  • 2 limes
  • 2 litres lemonade

Method:

  1. Make up two 135g packs of lime jelly according to the instructions, pour into shallow trays and place in the fridge for an hour to set.
  2. When the jelly has set, peel the kiwis and cut into large chunks, plus a few slices to garnish.
  3. Reserve the slices and place the rest in a blender with the juice of the limes and 750ml lemonade and whizz for 30 seconds, until the kiwi has blended well.
  4. Cut the jelly into small cubes and place in the bottom of a punch bowl.
  5. Pour over the kiwi mixture, adding 1.25l of lemonade.
  6. Garnish with the reserved kiwi slices.

Ghost and Mummy cookies

Makes 15

Kids will love decorating these ghost and mummy cookies
Kids will love decorating these ghost and mummy cookies

You need:

  • 225g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter
  • 100g soft dark brown sugar
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 1 egg, yolk only
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 340g icing sugar
  • Silver balls/sprinkles
  • 1 black writing icing

Method:

  1. Sift the flour, salt, ginger and baking powder into a bowl.
  2. In a pan, melt the butter, sugar and syrup over a low heat.
  3. Beat together the yolk and milk then stir into the cooled butter mix.
  4. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir to form a soft dough.
  5. Wrap tightly in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes until firm.
  6. Meanwhile using paper, draw a ghost and a mummy shape like those above to use as a template.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4.
  8. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 3mm thick.
  9. Using your templates, cut out ghost and mummy shapes and transfer them to baking sheets, spaced well apart.
  10. Make holes in the tops of the cookies with a straw.
  11. Put in the freezer for ten minutes, then bake for 11-12 minutes until brown at the edges.
  12. Remove from the oven and cool for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
  13. Make icing according to pack instructions.
  14. Ice cookies and decorate with silver balls and sprinkles, and the black icing pen, then let set.
  15. Thread thin ribbon through the holes to hang the cookies.



 

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