Halloween with an "H" for Havaianas

The season of terror is upon us again! The month of October belongs to vampires, ghosts, witches, zombies and werewolves, and the 31st is the day to celebrate. This year, Halloween may be a little different, but at Havaianas we still want to make it special. It’s the perfect time to celebrate at home with a themed movie marathon (scary or not, you decide), wearing your most comfortable costume, and not forgetting the essential must-have ingredient in any decent movie marathon: tonnes of nice things to munch on!

Halloween biscuits

They may look like normal biscuits, just like the 31st may seem like a normal day, but the trick is to have fun when “dressing them” up (and try not to eat them all before the movie starts!).

Ingredients:

  • 300g of butter
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • Pumpkin spice to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups of flour
  • Coloured frosting

Preparation:

  • Start by beating the butter at room temperature until it is creamy. Add the icing sugar, after sieving it, and mix the two until you get an even mixture to which you add the vanilla essence and pumpkin spice.
  • Add the eggs in, one by one. It’s important that the eggs also be at room temperature as, if they are cold, they may make the butter mixture turn.
  • Once everything is well mixed in, add the flour – which you have sieved in order to avoid lumps. And once the dough is no longer sticky, wrap it in cling film to prevent it from becoming dry while you leave it to rest in the refrigerator for around 3 hours.
  • Sprinkle some flour on a work surface, roll out the dough and get your spookiest cookie cutters ready. Ghosts, skulls, pumpkins… pick your favourite ones!
  • The biscuits go in a 200degree oven for 12-15 minute or until the edges of the biscuits become golden. Try and not overcook them so they don’t go hard, and let them cool down on a rack so they don’t soften with condensation. It’s a question of balance.
  • The fun part begins here: it’s time to place the coloured frosting in a pastry bag and allow your creativity to go wild when decorating your biscuits.
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Pizza monsters

Making a pizza from scratch seems simple enough and we’re going to let you decide what ingredients you need to create your own pizza monster, but we do want to give you a few tips to ensure you get a great result 😉

  • Roll out the dough, sprinkling some flour on the work surface if necessary (it can be corn flour or rice flour if you wish to avoid gluten).
  • Before you begin, you can fill the edges with cheese by adding it at 3 cm from the edges so you can roll and cover them up easily.
  • You can skip the previous step if you like, but you can’t avoid this next one: you first spread the tomato sauce on the base onto which you will then build you pizza topping. Otherwise you’ll find it difficult to spread it properly.
  • Then you sprinkle as much cheese as you like onto the tomato sauce; then you can begin to create your eerie monster.
  • The toppings are best added by size, starting with the largest ones, working down to the smallest and finally the herbs and spices.

If you like, when you have finished, you can add a little additional sauce or you can serve some sauce on the side as a dip (in which case, may we suggest that you do so in individual bowls, as a single big bowl for all to dip in is not a great idea this year).

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Apple monsters and banana ghosts

Some prefer healthy snacks, but that doesn’t have to mean they can’t be fit for this ghoulish occasion. They are really easy to make with the kids!

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Whole peanuts
  • Marshmallows

Preparation

  • Making your banana ghosts is really simple: cut the banana in half and use 3 chocolate chips to make the eyes and mouth. Super easy!
  • For the apples, cut them into wedges, removing the core and pips, but leave the colourful skin on – so wash the apples well before you begin.
  • Join two wedges using a load of peanut butter and fill the monster’s “mouth” with whole peanuts which make up the monster’s teeth.
  • Add the final touch with a marshmallow to which you have added a chocolate chip, as pictured. So scarry, tasty and nutritious!

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As you can see, this year there’s also plenty to fill you up with at this party! We hope you have a really fun Halloween!

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