I have been caught by surprise by the geekdaughter’s enthusiasm for Halloween this year. She was completely oblivious to it last year, and yet this year she has been counting down the days and getting really excited about the whole thing. I’ve already shared my feelings about the whole Halloween thing, but I’m starting to feel like the minority in our house! I must confess that when Asda asked me if I wanted to try some of their Halloween cake, I was far more interested in the cake thing than in the Halloween! And I was slightly taken aback by the contents of the box that arrived. Yes, there was cake, but there was also an assortment of Halloween party accessories. Oh heck, suddenly I was actually going to have to do the Halloween thing…!
So today when the geekdaughter gets home from nursery she’s going to be helping the geekdaddy to decorate the house. They’ll be hanging the floating ghost outside the front door (I’m getting a certain amount of sick pleasure out of this one. It’s a pretty innocuous looking decoration until you make a noise, and then it lights up, moves up and down and makes ghostly noises! I’m hoping it’ll scare off some of the Trick or Treat-ers to be honest!). They’ll be sticking the bloody footprints onto the sliding door of our porch. They’ll be inflating the inflateable pumpkin and putting it on display. They’ll be hanging the hanging skeleton somewhere visible. If any Trick or Treat-ers are still brave enough to ring on the doorbell they’ll definitely have earned their treats!
What they won’t be sharing with the Trick or Treat-ers is the cake. And the other treats. Oh no! Those are just for us. The “batty about shortbread” has been disappearing slowly since the parcel arrived – I blame the geekdaddy (and he blames me!). It’s tasty, crumbly shortbread, with chocolate chips dotted through it.
It must be said that the star of the show is the cake. Not only is the decoration suitably goulish, but the cake itself is delicious! My mother is always very disappointed in me when I say I prefer shop-bought cakes to home made ones, but I frequently do. The Asda “death by chocolate” cake is a deliciously rich chocolate cake. Now I’m not a food blogger, or a particular food connoisseur, but I like cake, and I thought that this one was very good indeed. It was moist with a thick layer of creamy icing. With the help of some friends who were visiting this weekend we’ve managed to polish off most of the cake in record time.
I am really impressed at the range of Halloween products that Asda sells. You really can get everything you need for a great Halloween party from there, and on the whole it’s great value. For example a 12 pack of Halloween-themed paper party bowls for £1 is very reasonable to me. The decorations are also very affordable – the bloody footprint window stickers are £1.50 and you get 4 footprints plus a couple of blood “splats” in the packet. I think the only thing we received that I would be hesitant about buying is the floating ghost. I appreciate that £10 is probably reasonable for what it is, but I think that just pushes the boundary of what I’m prepared to spend on this holiday that I fundamentally don’t like very much!
So there we go. Despite my best intentions it would appear that the geek family will be celebrating Halloween. I’m just wondering if I can contrive to be late home from work so that it’s all over whilst I’m out, and all that’s left is the cake!
I leave you with a rather cute video from yesterday – the geekdaddy, aided by the geekdaughter, had his first attempt at carving a real pumpkin. It turned out rather well 🙂
If the video above does not show in your reader you can watch it on YouTube here.
Disclosure: Asda provided us with a selection of their Halloween party decorations and cakes to review.