Once upon a time we were not bothered in the slightest about Halloween. But since our eldest has been in school and American friends of ours got us to do pumpkin carving, house decorating, party hosting and trick-or-treating in our neighbourhood (where, I must say, the vibe is brilliant!), we are hooked, especially the kids who know what happens at trick-or-treat …
But if you have had a last couple of weeks like mine, where not only have I been mega busy but also the entire family has fallen sick, one by one, Halloween has not been high on the agenda and we have nothing ready!
No need to panic though! I have been keeping an eye out and this is my LBB (Little Black Book) for a last-minute Halloween that I am happy to share with you:
Always creative, on trend and just too happy to help. From wall decorations, to tableware, to one of Aisha's, Party Camel owner, favourites: Photo Booth props! Thank you Aisha for always being there! xx
They have stores in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim Street with rows and rows of costumes for grown-ups. Their sister store, Creative Minds, just a block away from the grown-up store in Al Barsha, has a good selection for children.
This is a great option if you prefer to rent although they also sell costumes.
For the little people, I personally love these adorable superhero capes and masks that my kids were gifted by a close friend.
PARTY FOOD - HOMEMADE:
If you are the type that can bake things that do not only taste good but also look pretty, then The Party have these gorge engraved rolling pins to make your own butter cookies with a choice of 4 different designs. Check out their neon orange and black Halloween cupcake toppers too!
If you already have the themed cookie cutters that usually are available at the likes of Spinneys, Tavola and Lakeland, why not give Lidija Abu Ghazaleh's recipe for double chocolate bat shaped sandwich cookies a try. Dare ... I think even I might ...
PARTY FOOD - ORDERED/BOUGHT:
And if you do not dare, all of these stores and cafes have a lovely selection of themed and artistic cookies and cupcakes:
If you are expecting a large party, The Lime Tree Cafe make freshly prepared, delish party food in general. But their hand-iced Halloween cookies are ultra cute and cover pretty much all elements of Halloween: bats, ghosts, pumpkins, skulls & bones. Oh and there is also a witch hat chocolate cupcake!
Get the littles busy decorating their own Halloween cookies or buy ready decorated if you don't fancy cleaning up the mess afterwards!
With stores in 3 different locations across Dubai, temptation is always around the corner ... Their Halloween cupcakes come in a choice of either chocolate or vanilla.
Their Halloween cupcakes are hilarious and added bonus: there is a choice of 3 flavours with either vanilla, chocolate or the very indulgent red velvet.
Like good Japanese, Yamanote Atelier are the kings of all things mini and have designed the cutest Halloween pastries. Recommended for those who do not wish to load themselves up with sugar ... that won't be my kids, I think!
Photography credit, as relevant, to: Party Camel, Superherokids Dubai, The Party, Lidija's Kitchen and Freedom Pizza.