Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Less Tricks, More Treats: Capsule’s Ultimate Halloween Guide for Young & Old!

We’ve had our fair share of frights this year already, but this year we’re INTO Halloween. Maybe just with a bit of a twist this year? Here’s our ultimate guide to surviving – and thriving!! – Halloween 2021.

Trick or treating may be off the cards this year for a good chunk of NZ (maybe it’s for the best after the number of scares we’ve had this year??) but there are still PLENTY of ways to make Halloween 2021 plenty of fun. If you are outside of Auckland and Waikato, get out there and enjoy some T&T safely (don’t participate if you’re sick, use individually wrapped candies, use hand sanitiser and wear a mask under your Halloween mask!!). Otherwise, if you’re feeling a bit stuck for what to do, we have plenty of ghoulishy good fun ways to lean into Halloween this year, for young and old alike!

No trick or treating? No problem! Plan an at-home scavenger hunt

If you’re in Level 3 and the kids have been looking forward to Trick or Treating since last year, don’t despair – take it inside instead. It may take a bit more planning, but organise a bit of mischief in the safety your own home. You could either approach it in a similar way to Easter, and randomly hide Halloween treats around your home and garden, or create a treasure hunt with clues leading to the next clue, with a treasure trove of treats at the end. To take the hard work out of it, you can even download the whole thing for free here and just print out and place the spooky clues!

Alternatively, make your own personalised one – perhaps with tricks along the way. Maybe you have to bob for apples to receive a clue, or fish it out of a bowl of spooky slime! Enjoy!

Run a spookily relaxing bath

Screamo Bubble Blower

Normally, I would not associate Scream masks, aliens and ectoplasm with a relaxing good time, but it’s 2021 and apparently all bets are off. Lush, the festive queens, have a range of spooky and fabulous Halloween themed treats this year, including a Screamo bubble blower, Trick or Treat Lip Scrub, Ectoplasm Shower Slime, Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb and an Alien Bubble Bar. Young ones will love the fun, colourful bath treats, but so will adults with uplifting calming scents and ingredients like patchouli and lavender. Prices start from $8.90

Whip up a batch of cobweb brownies

Halloween is the perfect excuse to indulge in large quantities of sugar – and these brownies taste FAB and are right on theme. They’re even ghoul and gluten-free! For best results try making them in a Lodge Cast Iron Loaf Pan.

Cobweb brownies by Alex Haslop (@alexskitchenstory)

Ingredients:

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 200g butter
  • 200g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 120g ground almonds
  • 10 white marshmallows
  • 1 pack (125g) m&ms
  • Dash vanilla essence

Method:
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C. Melt butter and chocolate in a large pot over the stove on a low heat, as it melts, stir continuously. Once melted and combined, pour in the sugar and stir until melted in. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence. Crack in the eggs and beat with a hand beater until combined, then pour in the almonds and continue beating. Grease a baking tin and pour in the mixture. Separate out the green and orange m&ms and scatter on top. Place in the oven for 25 minutes. Once cooked, remove and leave to cool for 1 hour. After the hour, put the white marshmallows and place in a small pot on a low heat, continuously stir until melted and without lumps. With a fork, take some of the mixture and drizzle over the brownies. Slice and serve

In Wellington? Make the most of Level 2 with a whimsical tea party

If you’re in Wellington, get your face mask on (extra points for making it Halloween themed) and book in to hang out at one of the best rooftop haunts, Dirty Little Secret. This weekend only, they’re throwing a very special Mad Hatters Tea Party, with tea cup cocktails and fun to be had (including a $100 food and beverage voucher for the best dressed).

Have a frightfully good picnic

Bluebells cupcakes (Left) and Bakeaboo Cake Pops (right)

If you’re in Auckland or the Waikato (or maybe even elsewhere where you DO have other options, but quite like the idea of a picnic), why not get outside and meet up with another bubble for some festively themed snacks.

Now, a disclaimer, if you’re in the 09, our weather forecast doesn’t look particularly inspiring for Sunday (or for most of this week, goddamit), but those showers are supposed to be easing to cloud for the afternoon – and I guess if there’s any occasion it’s okay for the weather to be a bit gloomy and dark, it’s Halloween. Make sure you pack your raincoats!

Bake up some treats (like the aforementioned cobweb brownies) or hand the cooking over to someone else for a bloody change and pick up some treats. Here’s a few suggestions:

  • A six-pack of frightful vanilla buttercream cupcakes from Bluebells Auckland wide
  • Order a box of spooky eclairs from Choux in Takapuna
  • A Jumping Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin shaped Boston Mudcake from The Cheesecake Shop Mt Wellington
  • Pick up a six-pack of spooky themed cupcakes from Sweet Bites in Henderson
  • Grab some Pumpkin Spiced Lattes from Starbucks
  • Get a selection of stylish Halloween themed cookies delivered to your place from Oh My Cake in Onehunga
  • Try a Spiderweb, Mummy or Skully Doughnut from Krispy Crème
  • If you’re in Orewa, pick-up (or get delivered!) a few frightful chocolate cake eyeball pops from Bakeaboo

Decorate, decorate, decorate!

Blame it on lockdown, but for someone who doesn’t normally really engage in Halloween, I have really lost the plot this year and our house looks like something the Adams family would be proud of. There’s cobwebs with glow in the dark spiders, bats clinging to the walls, a glowing pumpkin in the corner and a skeleton and grave stone emerging from the garden. Decorating the house has been SUCH a fun activity in the Groundhog day that lockdown has become and I HIGHLY recommend it. I spent about $100 at Look Sharp and got an insane amount of stuff, but Spotlight, Kmart and the Warehouse also have great, terrifying selections of goodies. You can also easily make your own decorations. This weekend we’re going to add to the insane number of decorations by making these toilet paper roll freaksters, some puffy ghosts and some painted jar Halloween Luminaries.

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