Halloween at Home – 4 Ideas for a Festive Celebration

Halloween is a special time of year, but this year it might be a little different. The impact of COVID-19 doesn’t mean that Halloween has to be completely cancelled. We’ve compiled 4 fun activities to do at home to ensure a memorable Halloween during these unique times.

1 – Decorate the house

Halloween decorations help create the festive mood. Be as elaborate as you’d like, and remember that you are creating the experience! Pull out the construction paper in all your favourite colours, and have the children create window décor and more! Add in some spider webs and orange lights for an extra spooky feel. If you’re heading out to decorate the yard, pick up some danger tape, and some leaf bags to double up your fall cleanup and your Halloween yard display. If you’re not in the mood for a spooky feel, consider these 7 fall décor ideas to create the fall mood. Also, be sure to check out our Halloween décor contest! (Ends Nov 1st, 2020)

2- Pumpkin Carving

Children love to carve pumpkins. There is something special in the memories created together when crafting your own pumpkin design. Anything from a simple face, to an elaborate silhouette, the pumpkin is your blank canvas. All you need is a pumpkin carving kit, some space and old news paper to help capture the mess. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these 23 jack-o-latern ideas!

3- Halloween Candy Hunt

It’s like Easter, but without the eggs. All you need are your favourite Halloween treats. Simply hide them around the house while the kids are distracted and then let them dress up and get hunting. Added bonus: you can create spooky traps to add to the experience! Imagine a skeleton drops down when the treat is collected. Turn on the black light, turn up the scary music, and let the kids run around searching for treasure! (Weather permitting, it can be an inside and outside activity, with treats hidden in the yard or garage too!)

4- Homemade Halloween Treats

Our friends over at Nestle have crafted some creative ways to enjoy the season. Try any or all of these recipes for some delicious home made treats everyone will enjoy.

KIT KAT Witch’s Broomstick

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 24 (12 g each) Nestlé KIT KAT Treat Size Bars
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
  • 5 cups (1.25 L) mini marshmallows
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) white chocolate chips, melted and cooled slightly

Directions:

  1. Grease baking sheet; set aside. Chop 6 KIT KAT bars. Melt butter in large saucepan set over low heat; stir in marshmallows for about 6 minutes or until completely melted. Stir in vanilla. Remove from heat.
  2. Immediately stir in cereal and chopped KIT KAT bars until coated. Scrape onto prepared baking sheet; using wet hands or buttered spatula, spread evenly. Let cool slightly; transfer to cutting board and trim edges. Cut into 3 long strips. Cut each strip into 12 triangles. Cut a small part from top of each triangle to create a flat edge; make an indent in the top with a chopstick or teaspoon handle.
  3. Spoon milk chocolate into resealable bag; snip bottom corner. Break remaining Kit Kat bars in half along seam. Pipe some chocolate into indents of triangles and affix 1 Kit Kat bar into each, pressing down lightly into rice cereal treat.
  4. Spoon white chocolate into resealable bag; snip bottom corner. Pipe or drizzle remaining milk chocolate and white chocolate over rice cereal treats to resemble bristles. Let stand for about 1 hour or until chocolate is set.

Makes 36 servings.

Nutrition Facts – Per 1 broomstick

Calories 140
Fat 6g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 75mg
Carbohydrate 19g
Fibre 0g
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g

SMARTIES Cookie Cauldrons with Witch’s Brew

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 (10 g each) Nestlé SMARTIES Treat Size Bars
  • 1 pkg (496 g) Sugar Cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 16 (8 g each) MACKINTOSH Toffee Pieces, halved
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) corn syrup
  • 2 black licorice whips, cut into 24 (2-inch/5 cm) pieces
  • 24 pretzel sticks

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C). Stir together cookie mix, butter, cocoa powder, milk and egg until combined; shape dough into 24 balls and place into ungreased mini muffin pan.
  2. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly golden and dough is cooked through. Immediately press indentation into each with end of wooden spoon, pressing gently against edges to create “cauldrons.” Let cool completely in pan. Remove from pan and transfer to serving tray.
  3. In microwave-safe bowl, combine toffee pieces and corn syrup; microwave on Medium for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, or until smooth and melted. Drizzle into cookie cauldrons. Fill each cauldron with 5 Smarties. Using round edge of skewer, poke hole on each side of cauldron; insert ends of licorice whip into holes to create rounded handle. Insert pretzel stick into each cauldron as a broom handle. Let cool completely.

Makes 24 servings.

Nutrition Facts – Per 1/24 recipe

Calories 220
Fat 9g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 110mg
Carbohydrate 32g
Fibre 1g
Sugars 21g
Protein 2g

CRUNCH Frankenstein Brownie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time:  60 minutes

These brownies will delight the kids because they look exactly like mini Frankenstein heads.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg (400 g) brownie mix
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) prepared vanilla icing
  • 4 or 5 drops green food colouring
  • 12 (10 g) Nestlé CRUNCH Treat Size Bars
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chocolate sprinkles
  • 24 small candy eyeballs
  • 12 (8 g) Nestlé MACKINTOSH TOFFEE pieces, halved crosswise
  • 2 oz (60 g) chocolate, melted

Directions:

  1. Prepare and bake brownie mix according to package directions in 9-inch (23 cm) square pan lined with parchment paper. Let cool completely and lift brownies out of pan onto cutting board; remove parchment paper.
  2. Cut brownies into 12 equal bars. Tint icing with food colouring; frost tops of bars. Insert a CRUNCH bar horizontally in top third of each brownie bar. Arrange a few chocolate sprinkles just under the CRUNCH bar to resemble Frankenstein’s hair. Gently press two candy eyeballs onto brownie.
  3. Using re-sealable plastic bag, create mouth with melted chocolate. Using back of teaspoon, create holes on each side of the brownie. Insert a TOFFEE half in each hole.

Makes 12 Frankenstein brownie bars.

Tip: Brownies will stay in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts – Per 1 brownie bar

Calories 380
Fat 16g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 140mg
Carbohydrate 56g
Fibre 2g
Sugars 41g
Protein 3g

Stay Spooky, Stay Safe

This year, Halloween might seem a little different. Nestle created the Red Pumpkin Project – a Canada-wide community effort reminding families, friends, and Frankensteins to stay safe while having fun, whether you’re trick-or-treating or staying at home!

Wear or display a red pumpkin this Halloween to encourage your community to stay safe. For more information on the Red Pumpkin Project, click here.

Happy Halloween!

Top 5 Things You Need to Do Before Summer Ends

What do we love so much about the summertime? Is it the sunshine, the warm breezes, the lazy days spent at the beach or the lake? Whatever it is that you love about the warmer months, when the end of August starts to roll around, you know that the end of summer is fast approaching. You can feel it in that little nip in the air and the darkness rolling in earlier and earlier.

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Let’s try and capture some of that summer magic before the kids go back to school and we all get back to our routines—and before the rain and snow come back with a vengeance! Here are a few tips on how to make the most of the dog days of summer before the leaves inevitably start to fall.

Invite your friends and neighbours over for a BBQ

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Nothing defines summer quite like that unmistakable barbecue scent in the air. Before you have to pack up the grill for another year, have one last backyard cookout. Invite your friends and neighbours over, whip up a batch of fruity drinks, and throw some protein on the barbecue. For all your grilling needs, visit any of our locations for a full range of BBQ products.

Enjoy a beautiful sunset (or sunrise!)

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Head to your favourite hilltop, mountain, or body of water to catch an epic sunset. There’s something romantic and whimsical about watching a sunset, whether it’s at the peak of a mountain or with your toes digging in the sand at your favourite beach. If you’re feeling really ambitious, take in a sunrise at dawn. Currently on the west coast, the sun is rising just after 6 a.m. and setting just after 8 p.m., making this the ideal time to catch nature at its most glorious.

Go on a mini vacation

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In just a couple of weeks, the summer of 2018 will be but a mere memory. Don’t pack away the sunscreen and picnic blankets just yet! A last-minute mini getaway is a great way to experience a few more adventures. Whether it’s camping or luxury hotels, there are so many fabulous spots to escape to right here in BC. Just make sure to be cautious of wildfires in the province if you’re planning a roadtrip.

Take in a festival or outdoor theatre

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Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival runs right through to September 22. The spectacular waterfront setting is the perfect way to bid farewell to summer, while you take in Macbeth, Timon of Athens, As You Like It, or Lysistrata. If Shakespeare isn’t really your speed, visit the ever-popular end of summer festival, the PNE, and dance along to the I Love the 90s Tour featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd, and Young MC.

Do one thing you wouldn’t do in the winter

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As the seasons change, there are certain activities we ruefully wave goodbye to. Whatever it is for you, fit it in as much as you can. Sailing, hiking, taking a dip in an outdoor pool, enjoying a live baseball game, or roasting marshmallows for s’mores on the barbecue, this is it! Summer is almost over and it’ll be a long time before we see live fireworks or swim in a lake again, so let’s make the most of it.


London Drugs is your one stop shop for all things summer. Pop in to pick up everything you’ll need for your last summer barbecue or road trip.