It's the season that ghosts and goblins take to the streets and scare people into giving them sweets, but how do you keep the treats waste-free so that you are not adding to the huge amount of packaging waste that will be flowing into our bins this evening?

The short answer is to make your own treats like fudge, biscuits, healthy bliss balls and fruit leather. If you don't have the time for baking and making your own zero waste Halloween treats, decorating tangerines always gets a good reaction from children and a thumbs up from parents!

If you have got the time, we love these little scary shaped biscuits which you can keep fresh in your glass food storage container until the kids come knocking!

100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 275g/10oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • To decorate
  • 400g/14oz icing sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp water
  • 2-3 drops food colourings
  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl or electric food processor until light and fluffy.

  • Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined.

  • Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.

  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.

  • Using Halloween-style biscuit cutters, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.

  • Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.

  • If you fancy decorating your biscuits with green orange or black icing, just add some food colouring to the icing and pop on top!

  • Once finished, arrange them all nicely in your stainless steel or glass container and keep the lid on to keep them fresh until the evening.
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  • October 31, 2016 by Jyoti Shaw