Saturday, 1 November 2008

Trick or treat

Our friend had a Halloween party last night and we gave him a helping hand. Literally. (See pic below.) Halloween is not a big tradition in New Zealand, but parties and dressing up are popular, so this year we went all out. Here are some pics from around the party crypt. Can you spot my sweetie?

The few trick-or-treaters who ventured up the zigzag path said this was the coolest house they had been to. ;-)

My role in this was making the punch. I also decided that it was time to tackle a goal I'd been looking forward to: #64 - Bake and decorate cupcakes.

First of all, the punch. I came across a cool recipe for witches brew. I had great fun making and freezing two hands, one with strawberries (below) and the other with raspberries. We couldn't work out how to make the hand sit upright in the punch bowl, like it was supposed to, but decided that it looked just as freaky to have it floating in the drink, especially once a few fingers had fallen off. We still have the raspberry one left and might take it to the next part in a couple of weeks time.

And now onto the cupcakes. These took absolutely forever to make, even with baking them the night before. I wanted to make Halloween spiders but couldn't find liquorice straps anywhere - every other variety, but not these. A rethink was in order. My cupcake recipe book gave instructions for using melted white and dark chocolate to create spider webs and, with help from my sister-in-law, this is what we set out to do. Upon discovering that each miniature cupcake would take several minutes each to ice, a bit of creative thinking and a quick Google search saw us come up with these: spiders and miniature jack-o-lanterns.


Kelly said...

Wow! What an awesome effort! Your cupcakes look fantastic.

We didn't have a single trick or treater on our street here in Hamilton :-(

Sab said...

That's incredible! Sounds like you had a great time! We did nothing for halloween... again... although we have been invited to a party this evening.