I can't believe how big Halloween is now in the UK.
I remember the days when I was a kid, we would go trick or treating in the close that I lived in wearing a bin liner and a cheap plastic mask!
I never did throw eggs at any windows as when we knocked on the door, no one said trick! But I wouldn't have dared anyway!
Those days are well and truly gone.
Now, thanks in part to America, Halloween in the UK is a huge event. Aisles full of Halloween goodies, costumes and so many sweets can be found in every supermarket.
Everywhere you look, people have gone bigger each year with fancy dress and decorating their houses.
My daughter who loves a bit of gore and zombies, wanted to be made up to look like she had been bitten by a zombie (que the Walking Dead music).
So I took up the challenge and headed to YouTube to see if there was an easy tutorial I could find and use things I had lying around the house instead of having to buy lots of expensive special effects make-up.
Luckily for me, I found one, and I managed to create an open wound on Amber's head and arm.
How to make a wound, what you need:
Toilet paper/cotton wool
Foundation (to match your skin tone)
Fake blood (we used lighter red and a congealed looking gloopy dark red fake blood)
An old small paintbrush (to apply the PVA and blood)
Make-up sponge to dab the foundation on
I can't tell you how easy this is to do, and the effect is brilliant. See for yourself in the pictures of Amber.
Here's what I did:
Step one: Using the paintbrush apply a thin layer of PVA glue onto the skin.
Step two: Rip off small bits of toilet paper and stick to the glue.
Step three: Continue with the PVA glue and toilet paper layers.
Step four: Once you have got about 6 layers on, leave to dry. Or cheat and use a hairdryer on a cool setting for quickness.
Step five: Very carefully using small scissors, gently cut a small hole at one end of where the wound will be, just in from the edge.
Step six: Cut the glue and toilet paper to the desired length of the wound you would like.
Step seven: Gently open the glue to create an opening.
Step seven: Trim the excess off, but leave some of the edge sticking up.
Step eight: Use foundation and sponge to gently pat make up all over the outside, on the top of the glue and toilet paper. Cover well.
Step nine: Dab black eyeshadow in the opening.
Step ten: Dip some of the congealed blood and spread out inside the wound, then add some of the lighter (fresh looking) blood around the outside.
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Looks real doesn't it! Ewwww.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out to say I have never done it before. I love a YouTube tutorial.
Amber went out trick or treating with her friends, and we decided to do a little Halloween party at home for our son Jacob.
Jacob didn't know I would dress up, so he was a little scared when I opened the door when he came home from school. He wanted to wear his Dracula outfit, complete with fangs and dripping blood!
We had great fun making Halloween biscuits, we had a couple of fails with the icing though which you will see in the video below.
Daddy carved the pumpkins after the kids designed the faces they would like. Does anyone ever make anything with the inside of pumpkins? We always end up throwing it all away!
When Amber got back from trick or treating, she had a bag full of sugary goodies.
Where we live, we never get anyone coming to our door on Halloween, as we live on a road without a pavement and the houses are quite spread out. But we always get sweets just in case, and what a shame, no one came again this year - oh well, we will have to eat them!
When Amber got back, my husband Mark asked if anyone said 'trick'. She just looked at us blankly. She had no idea that if people said 'trick' rather than 'treat', you would have to play some kind of trick on that house.
Let's face it, that never happens nowadays.
I think our little party was a great success, and now all the decorations have gone back in the loft to wait for an even bigger Halloween next year.
I made a video of our Halloween party, see below. We'd love you to subscribe to Our Family Life channel on YouTube.