Halloween is almost here. If you are looking for inspiration of how you can get in the spirit of Halloween, here are a few of our decorating tips (and a really easy recipe for a chocolate pudding).
Concentrating on the space in your hallway is a great way to decorate for holidays like Halloween without going overboard. Wooden sideboards are a popular feature of hallways, as they are great for storing everything you could possibly need before you run out of the front door. But they also make a great spot for adding quirky seasonal decor.
Why not decorate with pumpkins and candles? A large pumpkin and a small pumpkin sat together will add a pop of colour to any narrow console table and will make a fun Halloween addition. You could even spray the pumpkins silver, gold, white or add some glitter to blend them in with your decor scheme.
Depending on the layout of your hallway, you could also wrap some fairy lights around your bannister. There are plenty of fun ones around with anything from ghosts to pumpkins on this time of year.
Another option is to dress the mantelpiece. You could easily give your fireplace a ghostly feel by adding cobwebs and spiders. Spooky black lanterns would also look great and can be used all year round.
Finally, if you have decorative mirrors hung above your sideboard or mantelpiece, give them a dramatic Halloween makeover by draping cobwebs or spooky bunting over them.
Chocolate Halloween Pudding (6 servings)
Styled like mini graveyards complete with tombstone biscuits, this recipe is the perfect treat for both kids and adults this time of year - especially if you want to throw a mini Halloween get together.
200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
3 large eggs
50g caster sugar
6 chocolate cookies
Orange or white writing icing
Place the chocolate and 120ml of water in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water). Heat gently until the chocolate is melted.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then stir in the egg yolks with a wooden spoon until well combined.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs whites with the sugar until stiff peaks form, then gently fold in the chocolate mixture.
Divide the mixture up in 6 ramekins. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 2 hours.
With writing icing, write 'RIP' or any spooky messages you wish, on six chocolate cookies which you can stick in the top of the pudding to create tombstones when serving.
Before serving, sprinkle the tops of the puddings with crushed chocolate biscuits.
Will you be making this Halloween chocolate mousse pudding?