This weekend, to celebrate Halloween are you:
a) Finding a freakily frightening fancy dress costume to act out your inner Wicked Witch of the West or ghoulish Ghostbuster?
b) Getting creative in the kitchen and carving up your pumpkin to ward off the evil spirits?
c) Scaring yourself silly working your way through the top 10 Best Ever Horror Films?
d) Embracing the Afterlife with a trip to these deadly Dungeons?
d) Drinking to All Hallows Eve with a Halloween Cocktail?
e) Making the most of our macabre past with a haunted ghost tour?
f) Trick or treating your neighbours, hoping for at least a sweet or two, rather than an unanswered door with the distinct sound of the X Factor credits rolling from inside a darkened house (while reassuring yourself that No.23 are really very nice people and surely they can't be ignoring you...)?
g) none of the above?
If you're answering, firmly, e) then may I say hello from one scaredy-cat wimp to another.
Rather than embracing all things horror and Halloween, this scaredy-cat wimp will be eating these, staying in doors and thinking of happy, cheery things such as...cakes.
Creepy Crawlie Custard Cream Cupcakes
(Dan Lepard, The Guardian Magazine, June 2011)
- These can be stored in an airtight container but are best eaten within 24 hours of baking
- These have a great orangey tang- I've upped the orange extract volume from the original recipe
- The 'Happy Halloween' is from Jane Asher's Sugarcraft Shop and the scary spider from a joke shop