A Halloween so fun it’s scary

A kitchen with a large table is full of Halloween decorations.

A Halloween so fun it’s scary

Halloween is spooky, silly, crazy and so fun (for both you and your kids). But between the costumes, decorations, trick-or-treating and food, it can be a lot of work. So we’ve come up with a few of our own easy-to-recreate ideas that make a big impact with minimal effort.

A mother and her two kids dressed in Halloween costumes are playing with their food.

We sat down with Mónica and her two kids, Oliver, 8, and Amaya, 5, to learn about their favourite way to spend the holiday. “I like to make Halloween festive, but I also try to keep the decor fairly simple and put most of my focus on the costumes and treats,” says Mónica. Makes sense to us! To get this look just dip-dye a white table cloth in red colouring and shred or cut the sides for a ragged look. And if you really want to kick things up, stuff a pair of stockings with cotton and tie them together across a broom hung above the table.

A bowl of red soup with mozzarella balls is surrounded by shortbread that looks like witch fingers.

Every Halloween Mónica makes a blood-coloured soup for the kids. We added some eery eyeballs (mozzarella balls and pimiento-stuffed olives) for extra creep factor. And boney, green witch fingers are easy to whip up by adding green food colouring to a simple shortbread recipe, topping with almonds for nails.

 A glass bowl with a large lump of green dough sits on a wooden chopping board.
 Almonds are placed on shortbreads that look like witch fingers. The nuts are “finger nails”.
 A little girl dressed as a witch scoops some red soup.

When we asked Oliver what his dream (nightmare?) Halloween absolutely has to include, he was quick to answer “Dracula!” So we helped him make his own version by wrapping a soft ball in white cloth, placing it on top of a cone from our LATTJO throwing game, and wrapping him up in a trademark black cape. Then Oliver did his thing and drew on a most ghastly face.

An overhead view of all the elements used to create a DIY Dracula laid our on a dark work surface.
A woman wraps a soft ball in a white cloth while a child looks on.
A little boy ties a black cape around his DIY Dracula.

Party’s over? We think not. Send guests home with a treat. Fill small jars with a tasty red gelatin dessert and let them set in the fridge. For the icky eyeballs, wrap a small piece of chocolate with marzipan, round them out in your palms, adding veins with red icing and pupils with green marzipan.

A bird’s-eye view of the ingredients for eyeball treats laid out on baking surface.
A child wraps marzipan around a piece of chocolate.
A child decorates eyeball treats for Halloween.
A mother and her two kids sit around a dining table decorated for Halloween.

Made by
Interior designer: Nathalie Kamkum
Photographer: Monika Lundholm