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How to Halloween at home

You’ve got everyone’s costumes picked out, now to prepare the perfect fright-night feast. From indulgent mains and desserts to DIY sweet treats and even blood-coloured beverages, it needn’t be scary

Beef and onion stew

With winter approaching and the nights drawing in, Halloween is the perfect time for a warming, slow-cooked dish using our British beef – all of which can be traced back to every farm and animal. A great-value, fattier cut like shin or brisket will become meltingly tender while you’re out trick-or-treating, ready for when you get home. Alternatively, head in store to find our already-prepared version – then all you have to do is pick out a suitable wine pairing, something like Barolo from northern Italy or a steak-friendly malbec with hints of spice.

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Three Halloween hacks

Yummy mummies

Arts and crafts plus sweet treats equals every child’s idea of heaven. So make them happy this Halloween with our Decorate Your Own Mummy biscuits – a packet of all-butter gingerbreads that comes with a tube of black icing and white chocolate buttons for decoration. Other Halloween-themed edible goodies to be found in store include eyeballs, spiders and, of course, Count Colin’s Fangs. Spooktacular.

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Bang-in-season fruit forms the perfect foundation for a grown-up Halloween pudding, and ours are poached in a spice-infused syrup that wouldn’t smell out place in your Christmas kitchen either. Pears and chocolate are a classic combination, while salted caramel and vibrant pistachios complete a dessert of delicious contrasts.

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Get into the Halloween spirit

Falling firmly into the ‘easy-but-eye-catching’ category are these marshmallow ghost biscuits. Simply choose your favourite pre-bought M&S cookies in store, pour over melted white icing and dot with tubed black icing (left over from your mummy biscuits, above) for the eyes and mouth. If you’re feeling adventurous enough to create Halloween treats from scratch for trick or treaters (or yourselves), you can find more great ideas here.

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Aperiteeth time

Feeling (blood)thirsty? Then drink in the shades of autumn with one of our pre-mixed cocktails. And what could be more fitting for Halloween than a claret-coloured Negroni, garnished with pumpkin-esque orange peel? And if you fancy making your own, keep things Italian with (one part) Malfy gin (combined with one part Campari, one part Vermouth). Salute!

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Food inspiration

Halloween-themed chocolate cake

Our spookiest chocolate cake

How to create a make-ahead Halloween showstopper

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Halloween party food and pumpkins

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Peter Pumpkin table arrangement

Introducing... Peter Pumpkin

Our new Halloween table arrangement, available for delivery from 23 October

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