Some supermarket aisles have taken a scary turn these days as fearsome costumes and props stare coldly at shoppers.
There’s also the challenge of steering your trolley round a mound of pumpkins as you head for the sweets and treats that your spooky visitors will expect on Hallowe’en night. If you’re into Hallowe’en, why not hold a party and offer some foods that won’t really frighten your hearts and arteries?
A real treat of a Hallowe’en party
• Ghoulish stew - mix spaghetti or noodles with tinned tomatoes, garlic, red onions, kidney beans and diced cooked pumpkin and butternut, sprinkle with a little parmesan and serve in hollowed out mini pumpkins.
• Witches’ knobbly fingers - grill chicken breasts strips in spicy fajita sauce and dip into tomato ‘blood’ ketchup or salsa for dripping fingernails.
• Crow’s feet - cut baked potatoes and sweet potatoes lengthways (in their skins), split into three claws and serve them ‘holding’ a chicken drumstick on a mess of sweetcorn and low salt baked beans.
• Bat droppings - swap sweets for dried fruit, unsalted nuts and pumpkin seeds to give your little monsters a boost of vitamins, minerals and fibre, as well as plenty of energy to run around in their scary costumes.
• Vampire smoothies - blend antioxidant-rich blueberries, raspberries and strawberries with banana and orange juice or why not give your guests some free reign to make their own fruit concoctions that will give their blood a boost rather than curdle it.
Halloween isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you can still make use of the seasonal fare. Stock up with pumpkins to produce some filling, tasty pumpkin soup, have a go at pumpkin pie and even bottle up some chutney to enjoy during the rest of the year. You can pretend not to be in on Halloween night while huddled up on the sofa with a steaming bowl of delicious pumpkin soup and wholegrain bread.
Whether you’re opting in or out of the Halloween adventure, you can still give you and your family some tasty heart-healthy seasonal food.
For more information and advice about healthy living, contact Heart Research UK by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.