Let’s creep it real, Halloween can be tricky when you’re trying to lose weight. Never fear! What’s fang-tastic about Slimming World is that there’s nothing scary about dipping into the Halloween bucket (apart from the little monsters that might come after you!). No food is banned, so you can fit fun-sized chocolate bars and low-Syn sweets into your daily allowance – and still slim spook-tacularly.
If you’re getting into the spirit by throwing your own gruesome gathering, our Halloween ideas will help you throw the spookiest, slimming-friendly shindig in town!
MORE FOR MEMBERS: You’ll find lots of ghoulish goings-on in your nearest Slimming World group this October. With a spell-book full of food and drink ideas, and magical support to get you through any weight-loss nightmares, we’ll lift your spirits with a wand-erful weight loss result!
Creepy crowd pleasers
Cooking for a crowd doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Go for boo!-rilliant batch-cooking classics and they’ll be dying to dig in. Bone-appetit!
Put some fire in the bellies of your guests with a cauldron full of Slimming World chilli (a batch of veggie chilli will keep non-meat-eating monsters happy). If you don’t have a cauldron in the back of your kitchen cupboard, a black casserole dish or slow-cooker pot will do!
A pumpkin full of steaming soup is a guaranteed Halloween show-stopper. Get yourself a giant pumpkin and scoop out the guts and flesh (or get the kids to do it as a goo-ey, eww-ey Halloween activity!).
If you’re soup-er brave, you can serve your soup directly from the pumpkin shell (just make sure you leave a thick enough wall). If you’re a bit of a scaredy-cat (like me!), you can pop a bowl inside the shell instead.
Slimming World sausages will go down a storm with spooks of all ages. Wholemeal bread rolls make hot dogs slimming-friendly for adults – and, if you’d rather avoid a sugary splatter of zombie blood (ketchup), you can make your own hellishly hot Free mustard by mixing a teaspoon of mustard powder with two teaspoons of water.
The invisible man has nothing on these chunky chicken nuggets – they’ll disappear before your eyes! And the low Syn recipe means everyone can enjoy a finger-licking fright night. Serve with a stack of Slimming World chips and your spooky fakeaway feast is complete.
These wobbly peepers aren’t a trick – they’re a terrifyingly tasty treat made using our vanilla panna cotta recipe! You could also pop an easy eyeball topper on a scoop of vanilla ice cream for little ghouls.
Cranberry coven cocktail
Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble… this brew will quench a thirsty witch at the double!
1.5 Syn per serving
ready in 10 mins plus chilling
What you need:
300g fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
100ml orange juice
3 level tbsp sweetener granules
400ml chilled sparkling water or soda water
What you do:
1. Put the cranberries, orange juice, sweetener and 120ml cold water in your blender and blitz. Strain the juice through a muslin-lined sieve into a jug, then squeeze out every last drop: you should have about 400ml. Chill for at least 4 hours.
2. Divide the cranberry mixture between four glasses and top up with sparkling or soda water.
Summon those competitive spirits with these simple Halloween party ideas. Let the ghoulish games begin!
Wrap the mummy (or daddy)
All you need is a spare loo roll and a willing participant. Whoever mummifies their victim the best, wins.
Bobbing for apples
An oldie but a goodie. Filling the tub with milk and adding red food colouring will add a gory twist.
Haunted house hunt
Make the most of your devilish decor and send little ghouls on a spooky haunted house hunt. Hang bats from trees, hide creepy crawlies in dark corners, set up scary surprises behind shower curtains – the only limit is how devilish you want to be.
Give old-school party games a spooky spin with a scary soundtrack. Kids will go batty for musical bumps, musical chairs, musical statues – and you can cast a Body Magic spell by joining in the fun!
Pass the pumpkin
Fill a hollowed-out pumpkin with little treats, then pile the pumpkin guts on top. You could even add a bowl of jelly or some ready made slime to make getting to the goodies even grosser.
Not all little ghouls want to be the life and soul of the party. Set up a quiet table with a Halloween-themed activity like edible slime making or digging for bones:
Mix custard powder and water for a slimey science experiment (with no worries about it making its way into little mouths).
Digging for bones
Pick up a ‘fossil’ digging kit (you can pick them up cheaply from toy shops and online) and let little ones dig up skeletal surprises.
Set a scary scene
Halloween parties are all about creating the right atmosphere, so anything creepy, kooky, scary or spooky goes. One of the best Halloween party ideas that I’ve spotted this year is mummified cushions. Pick up a roll of bandage from the chemist, wrap your cushions mummy-style, then add some peeping eyes (white cardboard and a black sharpie will do the trick!).
Don’t be scared: hunt down your local Slimming World group or join our digital-only service, Slimming World Online, for spook-tacular support.