Friday, 16 October 2009

Guide for Halloween in London

Celebrating Halloween in the Capital? The holiday is gaining popularity in the UK each year. Here are a few festive ideas to help you celebrate with the little ones...

- Pumpkin Picking: While there's obviously a shortage of pumpkin patches in London, head a short distance outside the city and you'll find plenty of 'Pick Your Own' farms. Garson's Farm in Surrey, says they are well and truly into the pumpkin picking season, even offering a recipe for Pumpkin and Tomato Soup. (You can find more pumpkin patches, hay rides and cornmazes at this website.) Alternatively, pick your pumpkin at your local grocery shop.

- Trick or Treating: There's no Halloween with out dressing the little ones as ghosts, goblins, fairies and princesses, and taking them trick or treating. Head to London neighbourhoods that are buzzing with trick or treaters, such as St John's Wood (and I've heard, Notting Hill). You can find costumes (or fancy dress) at Early Learning Centre, Sainsburys, Tesco, and Mothercare.

- Events: Check local museums, libraries, schools, theatres, and parks for local Halloween events. You'd be surprised, but the number of ghoulish-inspired events is increasing each year!

- Host a kid's party: Host your own Halloween party for the kids. Local grocery shops (like Sainsburys) have a plethora of spookishly fun paraphernalia, from ghost-inspired plates and cutlery to cobweb party favours. You can find several Halloween-inspired recipes from BBC Good Food or Martha Stewart to help make your party perfectly festive.

(Ideas, experiences, tips? Please share!)
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