Halloween At Home: Let the Spooking Begin!

Herne Hill’s Halloween may be a bit different this year, but it is far from cancelled! Instead of the usual Station Square party, we are moving things online so the fun can continue safely.

We’ve got a Halloween party from Lucy Sparkles and Friends, live magic shows from Amigos Magic, competitions with great prizes, biscuit recipes and lots more. Read on if you dare…

Our local friendly witch, Jessica Sparkles, would like children under 7 to join her online for a 40-minute riot of Halloween fun. You can tune in anytime:

Login details are: https://vimeo.com/471716974
password: halloweensparkles

Get dressed up and join in the dancing, bring a cape or scarf if you have one…expect songs, dance routines, potions and maybe even sparkles!

Amigos Magic will be performing live magic tricks from Hogwarts Castle!

Watch how to make sweets out of ear wax and smelly socks.. amongst other weird and wonderful things. There are two half-hour shows, one starting at 5pm and the other at 6pm on Sat 31st October.

There’s only room in the castle for 100 guests, so arrive ten minutes early to bag a place. If you don’t already have Zoom installed, you can either download and install the app onto your computer before the magic show, or you can join the meeting using a browser. No account is needed, the log in details are here:

5pm Magic Show, Sat 31st October:
Meeting ID: 831 0347 6979
Passcode: 945276

6pm Magic Show, Sat 31st October:
Meeting ID: 883 9911 1104
Passcode: 792705

Note for parents: please help us ensure this is a safe, online space. If you see anything going on that shouldn’t, please raise your digital hand in Zoom and use the chat function, or email admin@hernehillforum.org.uk. One of the Hogwarts team will be on patrol to wave their magic wand and make any baddies disappear.

We don’t want you glued to your screens all day so here’s your chance to get creative! We’re running competitions in the following categories:

  1. Creative Costume: we want to see your amazing costumes, the more creative the better. Turn those cereal boxes into creepy robots…make some old tights into a spider outfit.. turn old sheets into bandages…you don’t need to spend money to look frightful! We’ll have prizes for each of the following age ranges: 0-4 years, 5–10 years, 10–15 years.

  2. Best Biscuit: get baking folks and make some truly horrific biscuits! Sweet Carolina has provided a recipe below, or you can use your own. Our judges want to feel sick at the sight of them. We’ll have prizes for each of the following age ranges: 0-4 years, 5–10 years, 10–15 years.

  3. Wonderful Windows: take a walk round Herne Hill and send us a photo of the best Halloween window you can find. Or, why not make your own? We’ll want to know where you took the photo.

The prize is ten Herne Hill Halloween pounds (HHH£10) to spend in participating local shops up until the end of Sunday 6th December. You can choose whatever you like and can go to more than one of these super shops: Kinder La LaBicycle NationAgile RabbitMinus 12oTales on Moon LaneDuo Dance and Dough Bakehouse.

To enter the competition either share your photo on Twitter (tagging @hernehillforum) or send it to us on Facebook Messenger (find the Forum on Facebook here) or email us at info@hernehillforum.org.uk

Tell us which category and age range you are entering, and the location of the decorated window. The deadline for entries is 11:59pm on 1st November. We’ll decide the winners on 5th November and will be in touch to ask for your postal address so we can post out the special spooky money to you. Please note: by sharing your photo with us you are allowing us to re-post it on our social media accounts and website.

Halloween Biccies

How about making some of these biscuits to nibble on while you watch the magic show? Or decorate them and enter our competition? Recipe courtesy of Sweet Carolina. You can also download a copy of this recipe.


  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 200g of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 550g of plain flour
  • ½ tea spoon baking powder.

In a mixer, or with a fork, mix the butter with the sugar until you have a pale paste.
Add the egg and mix well.
Incorporate the flour and baking powder, work the dough until you have a nice ball.
Roll it with a rolling pin and cut it into the shapes you want.
Place on a baking tray that’s lined with baking paper.
Bake them in the oven at 160C for about 10 minutes until they are golden.
Remove from the oven and let them cool before decorating.
Tips: Use extra flour if you need to work the dough, it  doesn’t have to be sticky!

Ingredients for decorating:

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 125ml water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Food colouring
  • Sprinkles

Method for decorating
In a bowl, put the icing sugar and start adding the water little by little until you have a nice texture: not too hard not too liquid.
Add the vanilla essence, and split into 2 or 3 small bowls and add food colouring to each bowl (green, orange and black could be a good option).
Cover your cookies with a layer of one plain colour, let it set and make a face, or a spider web with another colour, or simply add sprinkles.

Let your imagination fly! And enjoy!!

Here’s a round-up of more Halloween fun to be had in Herne Hill: 

  • The Flower Lady will be selling pumpkins so you can get carving.

  • The Parlour will be getting the decorations out and serving pumpkin spice and salted caramel lattes as well as Halloween cakes and treats.

  • Apple Tree Children’s Café will be decked out in spooky decorations with Halloween activities on the activity table. Children are encouraged to come in fancy dress.

  • Bicycle Nation will be dressing their window and are offering free bike check-ups to ensure your little monsters are safe out there.

  • Minus 12o have special Halloween flavours again – all their ice cream is made fresh on-site in that tiny kiosk!

  • Agile Rabbit are planning a pumpkin photo wall.

  • Dough Bakehouse are selling creepy cakes and terrifying treats.

No doubt there’s more going on so it’s worth jumping on your broomstick and supporting your local shops.