October 22, 2018 4 min read

Cakes are healthy too, you just eat a small slice - Mary Berry 

Best Halloween Party Sweets and Treats Guide

Where would we be without Halloween? This yearly celebration of all things ghostly and gruesome has deep historical roots and gives us a chance to let out our inner ghoul and enjoy the drama of it all.

For many, it also offers ample opportunity to enjoy some deliciously indulgent Halloween sweets. In this blog, we’ll be exploring how and why we eat them at this time of year and show you how to rustle up some Halloween treats of your very own…

A Brief History of Trick or Treating

There are few things which say Halloween quite so clearly as the tradition of Trick or Treating. Every year, enthusiastic children (and quite a few adults, too) dress up in costumes and go from house-to-house, asking for a treat with the phrase, ‘Trick or Treat’.

While the threat of a trick is usually benign and rarely acted on, the treats are very real –, and many homeowners leave Halloween decorations out to indicate they’re open to being visited by trick or treaters.

The USA is considered to be the originator of modern Trick or Treating. The tradition first became popular during the late 1920s. However, throughout the UK and Ireland, the tradition of wearing costumes and going door-to-door collecting tasty food goes back to the 16thcentury and is thought to have crossed over to the United States as a result, growing in popularity with waves of UK and Irish immigration and morphing into its current form.

Early ‘trick or treaters’ in the Middle Ages would perform short dramatic scenes in exchange for their food – much like the tradition of carol singing, albeit with a Halloween twist. The first time the term trick or treat was used in print seems to have been 1927 and continues right up to the present day.

Stocking up on Halloween sweets?

We know how it is. Trick or Treaters are circling, and you need to stockpile delicious Halloween fare before crowds of hungry children descend on your door. Thankfully, there are plenty of places you can buy Halloween sweets in bulk.

For cheap themed treats, be sure to check your local supermarket, where you’re likely to find the likes of Haribo Halloween treats at discount prices. If you’re committed to getting a great deal, then you could also try a wholesaler and grab some Halloween sweets wholesale – with a bulk order discount to boot.

Buying sweets online present even more opportunities, particularly if you plan your Halloween sweets far in advance.

Top Cupcake Ideas for Halloween

Halloween is a fantastic time to enjoy some seasonal baking, with rich flavours and sweet treats everywhere you look. While some Halloween baking can get quite elaborate, whipping up some Halloween cupcakes a simple way to present friends, family, co-workers or trick or treaters with something a little extra special this year – here’s our pick of the best cupcake ideas for a delicious Halloween!

Spider Cupcakes

Monster Cupcakes

Top your cupcakes with chocolate (you can use thick hot chocolate as well) and add chocolate sprinkles and sugar for the eyes of your spiders. To complete the look, curl trimmed liquorice sticks and insert in the chocolate topping in rows of three, bending downwards to create a creepy yet cute Halloween cake.

To make these cupcakes, you’ll need to add plenty of colour! Add toothpicks to the top, attaching marshmallows to the ends to create the look of monster ‘eyes’ and you’ll have a cupcake sure to please even the pickiest of trick or treaters!

Mummy Cupcakes

Graveyard Cupcakes

Try using white baking sugar to build up the look of a mummy’s wrapping on top of your next batch of cupcakes. Silver cake decoration balls make for great decorative eyes for an extra spooky effect!

To rustle up these cupcakes, make a simple dark chocolate cake batter and place in suitably dark and gloomy looking cake cases. Craft biscuit tombstones and pop them in the oven to cook, before placing on top of the cupcakes for a simple yet effective Halloween treat.

halloween pumpkin ideas

Have a Healthy Halloween…

If you’re planning on sticking to a healthy eating plan over Halloween, don’t despair – there’s no need to miss out on all the fun. With more and more people going vegan or sugar-free, new recipes are springing up all the time.

Halloween staple pumpkin is rather healthy, packed with beta-carotene and other essential nutrients to help prevent damage from free radicals. After carving, the pulp from your pumpkin can be used to make delicious autumnal treats like pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, and spicy pumpkin bread.

In addition, yummy treats can be created using other healthy ingredients, like the following recipe for tasty stuffed Halloween peppers:

Halloween Stuffed Peppers

You will need:

  • Six peppers (any colours you like)
  • 400g minced beef, Quorn or soya mince (if you prefer a vegetarian option)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 2 onions
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to season

How to make:

  1. Heat your oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180c, and grease a baking dish for your peppers.
  2. Mix together your mince and egg.
  3. Dice the onions and chop the tomatoes, then add to the mix.
  4. Add salt and pepper to your own taste. Feel free to add additional flavourings such as mustard, Worcester sauce or sweet chilli sauce.
  5. Now it’s time to prepare the peppers! Wash thoroughly, and cut Jack-O-Lantern faces in each one, being careful with your knife along the way. If cooking with children, this is a task best kept to the adults. Slice off the top of the peppers, removing seeds and cores.
  6. Finally, add the mixture to your peppers, and pop the top back on. Place in the oven on your baking dish, ensuring each pepper is balanced carefully.
  7. Bake for around one hour, until the filling is cooked thoroughly and the peppers are tender. Enjoy!

How To Serve Your Halloween Treats

This delicious, ghoulish celebration is partly about showmanship – so let your imagination run wild! Whether choosing a simple decorative bowl or opting for something a little more elaborate, we’re happy to offer you some spooky inspiration.

Consider Halloween props as valuable tools to help set the scene; witches hats can store plenty of Halloween sweets, and wicker baskets can be decorated to look more ghoulish and impress trick or treaters. 

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