Savvy mum makes Halloween baskets for her kids so they can still celebrate the spooky holiday & they only cost £12

WITH social distancing and curfews in place, Halloween 2020 is going to look very different from other years.

But one mum is determined not to let the pandemic spoil the fun for her kids.

Hayley Chisholm, 32, from Middlesex, decided that even though her two sons aged six and seven wouldn’t be able to trick or treat this year, she would still make the day as special as possible for them.

She has planned a full day of fun treats for her boys, including a scavenger hunt, a scary movie and amazing Halloween baskets she put together herself for just £12 using supplies from the pound shop and Hobbycraft.

Hayley told money-saving community "As each day goes by, it is looking more unlikely that we are going to be able to go out trick or treating this year so I wanted to make sure we still had as much fun as possible.

“For most children, this is one of the best times of the year, and my two boys are no different – Jayden and Archie love Halloween!

"I came up with the idea as I know how much my boys like waking up on Christmas Eve to a box of goodies with our Christmas Eve boxes, so I thought 'why not create a Halloween basket?'

"I picked arts and craft bits up from Hobbycraft, the idea being that the boys can make these in the daytime, slime cakes from Tesco which we can also make in the day, then for the evening they have glow in the dark PJs to wear.

"Then once it is dark we will turn off the lights in the house and using their torches go on a scavenger hunt around the house, which I will set up on the day without them knowing!

“After that we can snuggle up on the sofa with our popcorn, sweets and hot chocolate to watch a spooky film!

"I know we are only in September but I have noticed the shops don’t seem to have the displays and stock for Halloween like they normally do, so I wanted to make sure that I bought the stuff I needed when I saw it!

“The pound shop and Hobbycraft is where most of the stuff is from. The gloves are just stuffed with sweets and I tied a ribbon around the top to keep them all in!

“For the hot chocolate, I used the little bottles from Hobbycraft and filled them with drinking chocolate and marshmallows.

"I had the baskets already at home but the stuff inside cost about £12 each.”

Hayley is sure her idea will give her kids an amazing Halloween despite Covid-19, and emphasises that the best thing about these boxes is that parents can fill them with anything they like.

"The good thing about making these yourself is you can add as little or as much stuff as you want or even use stuff you already have at home – the children will love them whatever you do!” she adds.

"I think it’s important to share our ideas so that we can all try and help each other through these strange times and to ensure our children don’t miss out on the ‘fun’ times of the year!”

Tom Church, co-founder of, says: “The pandemic means that families can’t celebrate holidays like Halloween in the normal way.

“However, don’t let this get you down – make like Hayley and make the day special anyway!

“The Halloween baskets are a great idea that is affordable – and is sure to put a smile on any child’s face!"

In other Halloween news, we revealed what's in store for you this spooky season with your Halloween horoscope.

And we shared how people are turning old jumpers and socks into pumpkins for Halloween & even Stacey Solomon has jumped on the trend.

Plus Poundland is selling light up glass pumpkins and people are snapping them up for spooky season.

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