It's half term and near Halloween, we of course have done something about it! Apart from all the other half term fun we have been doing, including a Trunk or Treat (why can't we all do Trunk or Treat instead, it's so much easier!), we watched a fairly spooky but hilarious movie too - Ghosthunters on Icy Trails. And that's not all, we also baked and decorated our own Hugo (the green slimy ghost in Ghosthunters) cookies!
A bit more about the Ghosthunters on Icy Trails (£6.99 on Amazon UK) movie:
Easily scared Tom, professional ghost hunter Hetty and lovable ghost Hugo formed a team to hunt down an ancient ice ghost that threatens to unleash a formidable frost across their town, sending it into the next Ice Age.
The movie is adapted from the best-selling book by Cornelia Funke Ghosthunters.
We have seen many Halloween cartoons with the kids, but this is the first spooky (and intense at times) CGI movie we've watched together with the kids. Abby said that she is scared at parts, but found it really funny as well (Clay is very focused when the real actions happen, otherwise he's too busy munching on Hugo cookies!). Although she is scared at bits, she knew that it's all special effects (she's tougher than me definitely! I found the echoing voice really creepy but she wasn't bothered!) We love Hugo the green slimy ghost, who is very mischievous, but also found him gross at times!
I think that it's a great Halloween movie for kids. You get that creepy spooky feel, which is what it should be like for Halloween, but it's also hilarious to ease the scary feeling. Ideally we have the lights off and curtains closed but the kids refused to let me do that!
The only thing is that there is a particularly naughty word that I would rather not have in a PG children show, and I had to tell the kids not to repeat. I would definitely recommend parents to watch it together with the children. It also reminds us to spend more time with our children, and how important it is to have a closer bond with each other.
We were given a lovely pack and recipe to make Hugo cookies as well for half term, and the kids had fun decorating them (I still need to overcome the mess in the kitchen!). Other than it being a bit too sweet (for eating on its own as well), it's quite yummy (shortbread like) and hold its shape quite well even after baking, so I decided to include the adjusted recipe here. I've included some additional steps as well, so that the cookies will hold their shapes better.
Makes approximately a dozen cookies (depending on size of cookie cutter):
125g Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature
100g Caster Sugar (amount already adjusted for Icing cookies)
1 Egg Yolk
1tsp Vanilla Extract
155g Plain Flour
Pinch of Salt
- Line baking sheet with greaseproof paper or baking mat
1. Beat the butter and sugar together until it's light and fluffy.
2. Add the yolk and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
3. Sieve the flour and add the salt into the mixture, stir and knead the mixture together until it is just combined (do not over knead). Then press the dough together to form a flat disc, and wrap it with clingfilm. Place it in the fridge for half an hour.
4. Roll the disc out into approximately 4mm even thickness, place it on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
5. Coat a cookie cutter with flour, cut out cookie shapes from the sheet of dough, and place it on the lined baking sheet. Once you've filled the baking sheet, place that in the fridge for another 10 minutes until firm. If you have more dough, press it together and repeat step 4 and 5 until all the dough are gone (I use the last bit to form a pumpkin shape).
6. Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.
7. Bake the chilled cookies for 7 to 8 minutes until the edges are golden. Remove from oven, cool it for long enough to let the cookies set (they are very short and will crack easily) before moving them onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
8. They are now ready to be decorated with icing. Once decorated and dried, place them in an air tight container or start munching!
Happy Halloween! x