Fright-Tastic Last Minute Halloween Comps

The spooky night is almost upon us. This can only mean one thing…

Online spooky competitions to win awesome prizes.

I did want to share this earlier in the week but this lady has been a busy bee with lots going on.

So here are my list of last minute spooky UK comps…. Be quick and get entering!

O2 #lookscary Instagram Competition

Win 1 of 3 Blackberry Curves with O2 who have a photo comp running till the 2/11/12. They want to see your scary Halloween makeovers. Get your creative juices following and dress up with the aim to scare. Upload your scary pics to instagram and use the hashtag #lookscary for your chance to win. Winners will be announced by 5pm on the 9th November 2012.

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Visit O2 for full T&C

Jones + Jones Win A Dress Of Your Choice

Jones + Jones want to see your extravagant Halloween costumes!
Send them a picture of your spooky/glam costume and their favourite will win a jones + jones dress of their choice!

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To enter tweet with your image attached to their Twitter account with the hashtag #jonesandjoneshalloween
Competition closes at midnight on Sunday the 4th of November 2012. The winner will be contacted via email and/or mobile. See the Jones + Jones site for full competition details.

MoneySupermarket HomeMade Halloween (Prizes include PS3, toys DVDs and more).

MoneySupermarket Want to see your homemade Halloween costumes that you’ve created on a budget. They are awarding spooktastic prizes for the most innovative and creative within these 3 categories: Adults, Children and Groups.

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How to Enter: To enter you need to put together an outfit and write a blog post about how you made it, where you got the bits and pieces from and how you did the whole thing on a budget. Moneysupermarket ask that you do please include a picture of the finished outfit. Once complete email post URL to… competitions@moneysupermarket.com making sure to enter “Homemade Halloween” in the subject line. Competition closes the 5th November. For full details cost the MoneySupermarket site.

Goodtoknow Halloween Photo Comp To Win A Nikon COOLPIX S9300

Goodtoknow are asking you to send them a picture of your little monsters in their costume, homemade or bought, and 1 goodtoknow parent will have the chance to win a Nikon COOLPIX S9300 compact camera, worth £279.99.

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Enter via their Facebook page or email your picture to with the subject line Halloween picture competition.
Closes on Sunday 4th November 2012 at 23:59pm. Check out the goodtoknow site for competition details.

Wacky Warehouse Pumpkin Carving Competition To Win Free Entry Into Wacky For A Whole Year

Wacky WareHouse want to see your children’s carved spooktastic pumpkins. The winner will receive a the fantastic prize of free entry into Wacky for one whole year.

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Enter by uploading your finished pumpkin to their website along with your details by the 31st October 2012.

Tesco Pumpkin Carving Competition To Win 1 of 5 £100 Tesco Vouchers

Tesco want to see your spooky or even funny photos of your pumpkin creations. Entries are judged but will be displayed on their Facebook page. Competition closes on the 31st of October so must be emailed before then.

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See the Tesco Facebook Page for more information and email address details.

Kids Halloween Crafts – Spooky Bookmarks

These funky spooky bookmarks are awesome and a great addition to the Halloween treat bags featured here a few days back.

These really are simple to make and kids will have lots of fun designing and making bookmarks for those who come trick or treating.

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You Will Need

1 x Orange Coloured Foam Sheet
1x Small Piece of Black Card
Scissors
Glue Dots
Ruler
Pencil
Permanent Black Marker
3D Pic-Tixx Glitter (Green + Colour of your Choice)

How To Make A Spooky Pumpkin Bookmark…

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Step 1: Take your foam sheet and place your ruler along the edge of the foam drawing a line from the top to the bottom.

Step 2: Cut along the line and then at each end with a ruler make a small mark 3cms in.

Step 3: Now on each end of your foam you can create the tassel effect by just snipping up to the 3cm mark you made. Do this all the way along at both ends.

Step 4: Draw a pumpkin shape on a section of the remaining orange foam. Use your foam strip as a guide placing it on the foam then making two marks either side. This will ensure your pumpkin will fit on your spooky bookmark.

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Step 5: Cut out and then use a craft knife to cut out the pumpkins eyes nose and mouth (of course its best you do the cutting not the child)!

Step 6: Cut out a slightly smaller circle from the black piece of card ensuring that when the pumpkin is placed on top of it no card can be seen from the sides. Stick the black card with the use of glue dots to the middle of the orange foam strip… Aka bookmark!

Step 7: Now in the same way stick the pumpkin on top of the black card so that the pumpkin now has black eyes, nose and mouth.

Step 7: In pencil to start with, add detail to the pumpkin and decorate your bookmark like I have (pencil means mistakes can be rubbed out)! Once happy with design go over in black marker.

Step 8: Use Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter to add sparkle. I’ve used the green for the pumpkin’s vine and some gold for the message and tassels.

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Step 9: Now just leave to dry and be sure to check no pencil makes can be seen! If so this are easily rubbed away with the use of a standard rubber.

So… there you have it… Simple!

You can make all sorts of designs like this really girly pink ghost bookmark that has a white foam ghost that has been detailed using black marker and and blue Deco paint for the eyes.

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Hope you enjoyed and you’ve left the blog with some Halloween inspiration!

Mini Bakers – Halloween Cupcakes

The kids love baking cakes especially the type that involve lots of decorating. Our Halloween cupcakes certainly did.

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I actually won a halloween edition packet of Renshaw my bakes modelling icing in a retweet competition last week, So, I had no excuse but to get baking with the kids.

We used the Renshaw My Bakes Icing to model a number of spooky cupcake toppers. The pack consists of black, white, orange and purple (though green would have been better than the purple, it was an excellent kit all the same)!

My very creative 9 year old daughter Alice-Sara made a fantastic pumpkin with a black and white snake wrapped around it…

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Fantastic, wouldn’t you agree?

Harley the toddler is the biggest baking fan ever and at 2 years old his already displaying some great skills in the kitchen…

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What We Used…

We started off with your everyday sponge mix ingredients and just added some spooky green food colouring…

60g caster sugar
60g brown sugar
125g self raising flour
2 eggs
220g butter
10g white chocolate chips
10g mike chocolate chips
5 splashes of green food colouring

Everything was mixed together with the chocolate chips and food colouring going in last.

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Once complete we spooned the mixture into some cake cases. Note, we doubled these up as to keep them strong. This was because we added an reasonable amount of mixture to each case so they would be big enough for us to cut through the middle.

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We let these bake in a Pre-heated over gas mark 5 for around 15-20 minutes.

Decoration…

The decorated of our spooky cupcakes were made up from…

Renshaw My Bakes Halloween Modelling Kit
Candy Worms
225g Icing Sugar
Green Food Colouring
Black Food Colouring

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Harley did an awesome job at mixing all the icing where Alice did fantastic with her spooky toppers.

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Once the cakes were baked and cooled I sliced them in half covering both in green or black icing. I then sandwiched them together before adding our decorations and a sprinkle of icing sugar to finish.

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We covered them and sat them in the fridge for a while.

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Personally I think they looked better without the sprinkled icing sugar, but this was the children’s project after all and what they say goes!

Checkout the inside… These were some chunky cupcakes that should only be eaten on a full moon (that is unless you are aiming to put your kids on a sugar high everyday).

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I’m linking this post to the appliance online competition “Cakes Win Prizes” and linky.

I’d also like to thank appliances online for the cake jar that I sadly smashed:( I’m sure it would have made some perfect cakes.