Your Life Daily: Top Costume Treats Are Just the Trick; in Association with Coventry Fostering Service
IT will soon be that spooky time of year again when ghosts and ghouls come out to play.
These days Halloween is all about parties, trick or treating and dressing up - and for youngsters especially there's plenty of opportunity for some monster mayhem.
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1 ALWAYS make sure an adult is on hand when carving!
2 DRAW your design on the pumpkin using a water based maker pen.
3 USING a straight-edged knife, cut out a lid from the top of the pumpkin - hold the knife at an angle to cut the lid as this will prevent the lid falling into the pumpkin if it shrinks.
4 SCOOP out the seeds and the pulp.
5 USING a slow sawing motion carve out the facial features that you have drawn. Cut out the larger features in sections as this will make it easier to cut out.
6 REMOVE the carved portions by gently pushing them into or out of the pumpkin.
7 FLATTEN an area inside the base of the pumpkin for a candle or tea light, but avoid digging too deep because the pumpkin becomes prone to rot.
8 PLACE a tea light or candle inside - and voila, your own Jack-O-Lantern.
9 BUT remember - never to leave naked flames unattended.
APPLE DUCKING or bobbing is a traditional game still played today - initially it was thought whoever bit into an apple first would be married first the next year.
IT is thought orange and black became Halloween colours because orange is linked to harvests and black in the western world is linked with death.
THE biggest pumpkin in the world tipped the scale at a whopping 1,469 pounds in October 2005 in Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA.
IN the United States, 86 per cent of Americans decorate their homes for Halloween.
Fact File - HALLOWEEN
WE celebrate Halloween on October 31 each year and though now it is seen as a fun-filled, slightly scary children's festival with dressing-up, trick-or-treating and party sweets it has its origins in ancient religious beliefs.
ITS name is derived from All-hallow-even or All Hallows' Eve - the evening before All Hallows Day, or All Saints Day - November 1. …