A slightly different take on the classic festive gingerbread man, this cookie dough contains cocoa powder so it produces a dark, crisp biscuit. When cut out with a gingerbread cutter they’re the perfect shape for icing a skeleton design for Halloween. The darker colour biscuit emphasises the spooky shape and tastes even better than normal gingerbread thanks to all the chocolate in the recipe!I think that these homemade biscuits would be great to give out to trick-or-treaters or could be the dessert for your spooky Halloween party. Here’s how to make the dough and bake the perfect chocolate gingerbread skeletons:Ingredients for around 18 biscuits (depending on the size of your cutter): 300g plain flour, 50g cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 120g butter, 120g brown sugar, 140g golden syrup, icing sugar for icing the skeleton shape.Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Mix flour, cocoa, ginger powder and butter together in a bowl. Either use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour, like a crumble recipe, or put into a food processor and pulse together until it forms a crumbly consistency. Drizzle in the golden syrup and continue pulsing the processor until it forms a dough, or mix with a knife if you’re doing it the manual way.Step 2: Divide the dough into quarters and place between two sheets of greaseproof paper. Roll out the dough then peel away the top layer of paper. Step 3: Use a gingerbread man cutter to press shapes into the dough. Peel away the excess dough, leaving the gingerbread man shapes on the greaseproof paper.
In my opinion it’s never too early to be talking about Christmas, bonfire night or Halloween, so when my brother asked me if I could sort out a costume for my niece and nephew for their first ever trick-or-treating session at the end of the month, I set to work. I found the best possible deal for costumes and was surprised at how low the prices are. I’m not talking about auction sites or facebay; these are brand new costumes from a real shop – a supermarket in fact. Yes, I managed to find costumes for the whole family from George at Asda.
My nephew has just turned 2 and he really wanted to be a skeleton for Halloween so I was thrilled when I found not one but two skeleton jumpsuit costumes on the George website. One had bright colours and cartoon spiders on it and the other had glow-in-the-dark headphones around the skeleton’s neck. In the end I plumped for the DJ skeleton because it was in exactly the right size for him 2-3 years and this might last him til next Halloween as well, whereas the colourful skeleton was available in age 1-2 which would only fit this year, or 3-4 which would be too big at the moment. I was very pleased to find out that the age 2-3 costume fit him just right and the elasticated ankle and wrist cuffs meant that the little extra length could be pushed up and wouldn’t trip him up. It’s actually a very good quality onesie with soft fleecy lining and a nice thick jersey fabric, so I’m sure it will keep him warm when he goes trick-or-treating this month. Plus, he loves the glow-in-the-dark headphones which glow SO brightly and he keeps going into the bathroom with the light off to look at his glowing costume! Of course, we wanted to give him a ghoulish makeover so I got a ‘Monstrous’ face-painting kit too and he actually enjoyed having scary dark eyes and ghostly white skin painted on.
Once I’d settled on this jumpsuit skeleton for my nephew, I went looking in the baby section and found lots of super-cute costumes for little baby girls. But I knew that my niece would look fantastic matching her bother in a skeleton baby-grow and hat so I ordered this set, along with a tiny skeleton cape for my cat. Yes, I’m even buying Halloween costumes for my cats!
What’s more surprising is the fact that the cats seemed to be rather comfortable in their little costumes which fastened with just two Velcro pads around their neck and tummy. I’d imagined that they’d be trying to back-out of their little costumes or even yowl to let me know how disappointed they were at being dressed-up but no – they didn’t mind it at all and Cookie even slept on top of her costume after I took it off her!
Looking at all this family of skeleton outfits in my basket made me realise that something was missing – of course! – a skeleton outfit for ME! I looked in the ladies costumes section and the cute black and pink skeleton outfit was in fact one of the cheapest. This printed dress has a little stretch in it and is about knee-length, so it’s very comfortable to wear. Plus it comes with bone-print arm covers so I decided to wear a black long-sleeved top underneath the costume (for added warmth) and put the sleeves over the top of this. I think it looks rather cool and I’m very happy to be part of my little skeleton family! Funny Bones eat your heart out!
It’s Halloween this week and as usual I don’t have any budget for a costume for all those parties I’ll be going to. But I’m not worried about that because I personally think that Halloween is about making-do and creating some crazy costume yourself that no one else will be wearing – the tattier the better in some instances! I have therefore made my own last-minute skeleton costume using an old (and I mean ooolllddd) stretchy top and I’ll show you how to make one for yourself below:
You will need: old black top, white top to wear underneath, scissors, white pen or chalk
Step by step
- Fold your top in half along the centre point.
- Use the chalk or white pen to mark out where you will be cutting out the ribs
- Cut out the ribs, making sure you’re cutting all the way through both layers of fabric. This will give you a symmetrical set of ribs on each side when you have finished cutting.
4. Cut out small triangles along the centre to create the spine bones
5. I even cut some bone shapes from the arms, which aren’t clear in the photo, but when I’m wearing it, you can really see them.
6. Wear over the top of a white t-shirt to show off the shape of the bones!
It’s a great way to get a last-minute outfit sorted out, and I hope you’ll have a go at making this simple Halloween costume. I wrote this blog post for Oxfam Fashion so check out their blog here and have a read of all the other fabulous fashion bloggers’ articles. Enjoy your spooky celebrations, whatever you get up to!
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- Free Halloween Printables (cassiefairy.com)
- Just a little something I made for Halloween (cassiefairy.com)
- Happy Halloween (cassiefairy.com)
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