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Blogtober Day 31 – A Halloween Feast

Wow, it’s the 31st October already! Happy Halloween, everyone. This month has gone by so quickly, it only seems like yesterday that I was writing Blogtober post number 1!

Seeing as it is Halloween, I decided to cook a Halloween feast for my family! One of my favourite meals to cook is a pasta bake, so I decided to make one with a Halloween twist. For dessert, the obvious choice was a Halloween cake!

Setting the Scene

Before I started cooking, I decided to decorate the kitchen to make it extra Halloween-y. I brought down the pumpkin lights that I bought on my mini Autumnal charity shop haul, and strung them up under a shelf in the kitchen. I also brought down my Halloween themed soft toys and set them up on the shelf.

A shelf with Halloween soft toys on it and a string of pumpkin fairy lights underneath.

There were several Halloween themed items on the table already. These included the pumpkins I decorated last week, along with a ‘spooky’ tray, and Halloween cards that my dad had given to me and my mum. The spider in front of the pumpkins is a brooch and I was wearing it before I took the photo. It has lights that flash red and green when switched on!

Halloween decorations and cards on a table.

I put on my Halloween playlist, and got cooking my Halloween feast!

A Ghostly Bake

For the main course I made a ghostly pasta bake! The recipe was very simple – I just cooked some pasta and stirred in a jar of sauce, some extra tomatoes and a tin of sweetcorn. On top of the bake I sprinkled some vegan ‘parmesan’ and salt and pepper.

To give the bake a Halloween twist, I made some ghosts and spiders to go on the top! I cut ghost shapes out a block of vegan cheese, and used bits of black olives to make eyes. To make the spiders, I cut up more black olives to make the bodies and legs.

A Halloween pasta bake decorated with cheese ghosts and olive spiders.

I put the bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and then it was ready to eat! The ghosts had melted a bit which I think gave them even more of a ghostly effect. Some of the spiders looked like their legs weren’t attached, but overall I think they looked quite effective.

A Halloween pasta bake fresh out the oven with cheese ghosts and olive spiders.

The bake was delicious and we enjoyed eating it!

A Halloween themed pasta bake, half eaten with a spoon in the dish.

A Spooky Cake

I wanted to make a Halloween cake, and I decided that a pumpkin cake would be the ideal flavour! I found this recipe online for a vegan pumpkin cake and I thought it sounded quite easy to make, and I had all the ingredients.

Cake mix for a pumpkin cake in a bowl with a spoon.

The instructions were easy to follow, and soon enough the cake was in the oven. I made the ganache, and once the cake had cooled down I smeared it all over the top.

I wasn’t sure how to decorate the cake because I wanted to do something Halloween themed but I didn’t have many decorative ingredients to work with, especially ones that would show up on the dark coloured ganache. In the end I decided to use flaked almonds to spell out the word ‘Spooky’ on the cake. Originally I was going to write ‘Happy Halloween’ but it soon became evident that would be too long to fit on the cake (and still be legible)!

A cake with 'Spooky' written on it using flaked almonds. There are pumpkin seeds around the edge of the cake. The cake is on a green dish.

This cake may not have been the most expertly made or decorated (and certainly wouldn’t win Bake-Off!) but I was proud of how it turned out.

A slice of pumpkin cake with chocolate topping, pumpkin seeds and flaked almonds, on a plate.

The cake tasted delicious too, although everyone who tried it was surprised at first because it wasn’t how they expected it to taste. There was only a small amount of sugar in this cake so it wasn’t very sweet. Once people got used to the semi-savoury taste and the bitterness of the dark chocolate in the ganache, everyone said that they liked it. In the words of my dad, ‘it wasn’t a conventional cake’, but it was unique and I’m glad about that! I’m looking forward to eating some more of it tomorrow!

It was a ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Feast!

I really enjoyed cooking and eating a Halloween feast. It was a great way to celebrate Halloween and finish my Blogtober challenge.

Did you have a special Halloween meal this evening? I would love to know what you had! Let me know in the comments.

That’s it for Blogtober!

This blog post rounds off my 31 Blogtober posts! I’ve had a fantastic time doing loads of Autumnal and Halloween themed activities, and I’m proud that I managed to write a post every day, even if it meant I sometimes stayed up very late writing it!

I plan to write an evaluation post all about my Blogtober experience. It should be on my blog within the next week, so watch this space. One thing’s for sure, I am going to have a day off from posting on my blog tomorrow!

I hope you all had an enjoyable Halloween season too! I would love to hear your stories about what you got up to, so do stay in touch in the comments!

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6 Comments

  1. That Halloween pasta looks so fab and yummy! I’m craving pasta now haha. :’)

    Soph – https://girlvsworldblog.com x

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Ahh thank you! Why not go ahead and make some hehe!

  2. Happy Halloween!! Congratulations on completing Blogtober! What a fantastic achievement!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much! And Happy Halloween to you too!

  3. Congrats on making it through Blogtober! That is quite an accomplishment!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much!

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