By Kerry Jary, Communications Business Partner  

Wow, I can’t believe we’re talking Halloween, where’s this year gone? But I’m definitely ready for log fires, crispy leaves and a pumpkin spiced latte. 

Like many this year, Halloween will be a big celebration in our house – during lockdown, my children really missed dressing up and visiting our neighbours to see all the spooky decorations and take part in a cheeky bit of trick or treating. Now they’re growing up, it won’t be too long before I’m no longer allowed to join them, so we’re going to make the most of it and stock up on lots of bags of treats from our local Co-op. 

We always kick off the celebrations with a spot of pumpkin picking at our local farm, so on with the wellies and warm winter coats. We particularly enjoy picking the most unusual pumpkins to create a display of various colours and shapes. It’s great to be able to pop to the shop and grab a few extra ones as they’re a nice and uniform shape which makes for some fantastic carving creations.  We even use one of our pumpkins and line it to create a spooky treat bucket so when we’re out trick or treating there are still plenty of sweets to go around the community. 

Pumpkin carving is always a team effort too. I get the job of drawing out the designs my children have chosen, but unfortunately for my husband, he gets the messy job of scooping out and carving the pumpkins – much to my children’s delight! They then display them on our doorstep for all to see. Did you realise that approx 14.5 million pumpkins are expected to be left uneaten this year? If you’re doing some carving of your own, make sure to check out this blog post which has some yummy recipes and ideas of ways to use them up to prevent waste.

But not forgetting the most important part of Halloween – the spooktacular buffet! With a busy house full of excitement, I always go for something quick and easy that’ll still entertain the little ones and balance out all the treats. My favourite has to be a Halloween themed fruit platter. Dipping fresh strawberries into melted Co-op Fairtrade White Chocolate to create mini ghosts with Co-op Milk Chocolate Chips for eyes.   

Of course, if you’re really running short of time or have lots of people to entertain this Halloween, you can always grab some premade treats like our 12 Freaky Face cupcakes or Co-op Scarily Sour Spiders. 

So, why not head over to your local Co-op to get your teeth into some of their deliciously spooky treats today.