Kids Halloween Crafts from Leo Bamford and Nanny Anita


Leonora Bamford shares her little horror-approved Halloween recipes while Nanny Anita has the Halloween crafts to help you and your mini-monsters create a spook-tacular party setting. 

I absolutely love Halloween and although this year is going to be totally different with no trick or treating, I am going to try to make it as special as possible at home. I always love the old-fashioned Halloween crafts and games and I am definitely more eco conscious as the years go on.  I have been sorting out old costumes and sending them to friends with children at the right age to keep buying new ones to a minimum.

At the time of writing this piece, you’re not to mix in a group of more than 6, so I’m going to be taking my little ones to pick a pumpkin.  There’s something so lovely and seasonal about choosing your own pumpkin and the sea of orange can’t help but make you smile.

Lizzie King gave me the best idea when it comes to parties with lots of sweets being eaten.  She said she just filled her children up with as much goodness as possible before parties because they ended up eating much less when it comes to the naughties.  I love making a huge vat of chicken noodle soup and this Halloween, I going to replace the noodles with black bow tie pasta or green twists and, if time allows, cut the carrots into mini pumpkins.

Leo’s Halloween Recipe: Spooky Chicken Worm Pasta Soup



2 x tbsp rapeseed oil

2 x white onion finely chopped

1 x love of garlic, crushed or grated

3 x carrots, chopped into mini pumpkins

3 x stalks of celery, finely chopped

2 x chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1 x litre of chicken stock

1 X green or black pasta


  1. Sautee the onion, carrot, celery before adding the garlic at the last minute.
  2. Cook slowly and when the onions are translucent, add the chicken stock.
  3. Add the pasta and cook to cooking instruction, followed by the cooked chicken.
  4. Season to taste.

Lots of online farm shops are selling Black Charcoal Bread, which has a bit of a Halloween feel to it and is great for digestion.

Nanny Anita’s Halloween Crafts

No one does Halloween crafts better than Anita and this year she has come up with Chromatograhy Bats and Positive and Negative Halloween Pictures.

Chromatography Bats


You will need: Coffee filter, black/orange/purple/red/yellow felt tip pens, wooden peg, goggle eyes, glue, scissors, cup of water.

  1. Fold the coffee filter into quarters.
  2. Cut the edges into a bat wing shape.
  3. Open up the coffee filter and colour it in.  The darker the colours the better.
  4. Fold the filter back up and put it in a cup with a couple of inches of water in.  Leave it to completely soak the water up.
  5. When the coffee filter is completely wet, take it out and leave it to dry flat.
  6. Colour the wooden peg black and stick on some goggle eyes.
  7. When the coffee filter is completely dry fold it in half and slide the peg into the middle.

Positive and Negative Halloween Pictures


You will need: Two pieces of coloured card stock, pencil, scissors, glue.

  1. Fold and cut one piece of coloured paper in half.
  2. Draw half of your picture on the coloured paper you cut in halt.
  3. Cut out the design, flip and glue it onto the opposite piece of paper.  It should create the mirror image.

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