If you fancy getting into the spooky spirit of things this Halloween by making some tasty treats then here are some fantastically fun recipes to try at home.

While families and children are being urged to avoid guising this year, here are just some ideas for how you can get creative in the kitchen with the kids this Halloween:

Toffee apples

Try your hand at this Halloween classic:

Halloween biscuits

Whether you want to make your Halloween biscuits from scratch or just find some ideas for decorating some shop bought alternatives there’s loads of ways you can get creative.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/scary_halloween_cookies_86970

Halloween fruit salad

If you’re trying to make sure the kids eat at least one healthy thing this Halloween there are loads of great ideas for how to spook-up your fruit bowl favourites.

Mummy Dogs

These pizza dough-wrapped ‘mummy dogs’ make for a Spooktacular Halloween snack.

Pumpkin soup

If you’re looking for some ideas on what you can do with your leftover pumpkins a delicious autumnal pumpkin soup is a great choice.

Halloween Pizza Bites

Make your home Halloween celebrations that little bit more spooky and special with these freaky pizza bites.

 

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Our Halloween celebrations might look a little different this year but there are plenty ways to enjoy this favourite spooky date in our calendar from the comfort of your own home.

While families and children are being urged to avoid guising this year, here are our top ideas for how you can create a frighteningly fabulous Halloween at home this year:

Decorate your house

Having Halloween at home is the perfect excuse to go all out by transforming your home into a real-life haunted house.

From cobweb wreaths and spider gardens to paper bat garlands and tissue ghosts there are plenty of cheap and cheerful ways to create a spooky atmosphere to mark the occasion

You can find loads of inspiration and ideas here: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g421/halloween-decorating-ideas/

Play Halloween games

It’s just not Halloween without some frightfully fun family games.

Why not have a bobbing for apples competition, blindfolded pin the spider on the cobweb or compete with each other in a mummy wrap time challenge for some easy, quick games for everyone to enjoy?

For some Halloween-fun game ideas check out this link: https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2016/09/halloween-games-for-kids.html

Have a Halloween-themed meal

Make mealtime part of the fun by giving it a scary twist. There’s plenty of choice for Halloween treats whether you decide to make them yourself or order in.

Why not try your hand at making some pastry snakes, Halloween nachos or you could use your leftover pumpkin to make some delicious pumpkin hummus?

There are loads or spooky sweet and savoury treats to choose from – for more ideas and recipes click here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/halloween-recipes.

If you’d rather order something instead then check out some of our fantastic local businesses that are putting a Halloween twist on their usual menu. Cloud 9 deli is offering Halloween Afternoon Tea platters available from 26-31 October. While Taste Buds will be offering pumpkin soup and Halloween-themed cakes for you to enjoy. Brew is also offering seasonal baked goods (a mix of gluten free and vegan options) and 5 seasonal syrups (Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Caramel, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Spiced Scone and Maple Spice) – these can be added to any drink.

Halloween cakes

Halloween dance party

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t have a Halloween Dance Party. Turn the lights down low, put on your costumes and bust your best moves to some of these top Halloween tunes:

  • Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett
  • Black Magic Woman – Santana
  • Highway to Hell – AC/DC
  • You’re the Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley
  • Season of the Witch – Donovan
  • The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • Teeth – Lady Gaga
  • Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
  • Zombie – The Cranberries

If you’re looking for a ready-made Halloween playlist click here.

Have a spooky movie marathon

It’s just not Halloween without a scary movie or two – why not make it a marathon Halloween movie night with some of these family-friendly picks:

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Goosebumps
  • Coco
  • The Addams Family
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Witches
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • The Nightmare before Christmas
  • Harry Potter
  • Beetlejuice

You’ll find loads more movie-marathon ideas here.

For movies to give the adults a scare this Halloween click here.

Halloween Stories

It’s just not Halloween without sharing some scary stories. Check out some of these spooky stories for some family fun.

Renfrewshire Libraries – Kids & Teens – Fright Night! Spooky Tales for Halloween

Bookbug online sessions

Halloween picture book suggestions

Or grab a torch, make a den and make up your own spooky stories for some family fun in the dark!

Halloween might look different this year but that’s not to say we can’t all still have a great time!

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Halloween is the perfect time to get crafty and let your imagination run wild.

From creating popsicle stick witches and Halloween handprints to toilet paper roll bats and pumpkin window decorations there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to get creative.

While families and children are being urged to avoid guising this year, here are just some ideas for how you can get crafty this Halloween:

 

 

See more great craft ideas on Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.ca/projectswithkids/halloween-crafts-activities-for-kids/

 

Make your own Halloween costume

If you want to try your hand at making your own Halloween costume this year then ReMode are here to help.

The local up-cycled clothing enterprise have created ‘Make It Yourself’ Halloween bags from their range of donated fabrics and trims.  The bag contains all the sewing sundries you will need to make either a bat or spook costume with mask and a set of simple instructions.

The packs are priced at £5 and can be bought from the ReMode shop at 43 High Street, Paisley from Tue 27th – Sat 31st Oct (open 10am until 4pm).

With or without the pack take a look at their how-to film with full instructions on what you will need and how to do it.

Also check ReMode’s website for more workshops and events at www.remodeyouth.org.

 

Pumpkin decorating

It’s just not Halloween without pumpkins – whether you want to carve a spooky face onto it, do some devilish decorating or make your own faux pumpkin to decorate there’s plenty of ideas to choose from.

Face painting

Why not tap into your inner artist and try your hand at some face painting this Halloween – you can get hold of a standard face painting set and most local shops in the run up to Halloween so why this give some of these looks a go?

 

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There are plenty of places throughout Renfrewshire getting into the spirit of things by running a series of outdoor activities to help you have a fun-filled Halloween adventure.

Paisley Pumpkin Halloween Trail

There’s plenty of Halloween fun to be had in Paisley town centre this October with the Paisley Pumpkin Halloween Trail from Paisley First.

Just follow the trail around town and name all the pumpkins for your chance to be entered into the Spooky Spectacular Prize Draw!

This COVID-19 friendly Halloween Trail runs until Saturday 31 October – just pick up a leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks inside the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre.

Or if you prefer, you can download a copy of the leaflet from the Paisley First website.

Find out more here: Paisley First – Paisley Pumpkin Halloween Trail

Pumpkin Picking – East Yonderton Farm, Renfrew

A family-favourite activity for October – have a pumpkin picking adventure at East Yonderton Farm where you can pick the perfect pumpkin to carve this Halloween.

A trip to the farm offers great autumn photo opportunities from taking some pictures of the family in the patch or posing with the hay bales.

You need to call in advance to book your slot and there is a £2 charge for parking your car.

To find out more or to book click here: East Yonderton Farm

Halloween activities at RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve

Challenge your family to follow their spooky pumpkin trail to see how many of the ghoulish pumpkins you can find along the way. To take part simply pop into the visitor centre to collect a special Halloween pumpkin spotting sheet and your good to go!  Please bring your own pen or pencil.

For more information please visit: RSBP Lochwinnoch

The Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail – Renfrew

Why not take part in this neighbourhood pumpkin trail in Renfrew? Hosts ARTventures are encouraging you to take part by displaying a pumpkin in your window – it can be paper, real, decorated, plastic, painted – whatever you like.

ARTventures have a host of templates you can use to transform your home into a spooky Halloween spectacle for the community to enjoy.

To find out more about how to take part click here: The Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail

 

The October school holidays are here!

Things might be a little bit different this year – but there’s still plenty of fun-filled family activities for everyone to enjoy during the holidays in Paisley and Renfrewshire.

From outdoor adventures and exploring stunning scenery to cycling and free town centre trails, we’ve gathered some helpful info for you to plan out your October break with the family.

Scroll down to find out more – plus, you can see more online October week activities with Renfrewshire Leisure here.

Visit great places and hidden gems on your doorstep...

Is the sun out? Explore the great outdoors!

Enjoy some spooky fun with Paisley First

Get on yer bike!

Learn something new

In the latest focus piece on Renfrewshire’s town’s and villages, we are looking at the west Renfrewshire villages of Bishopton and Langbank.

Each of which marries the great outdoors together with luxury dining and hospitality offerings.

Find out more below.

Activities and sights

The small, easy to reach village of Bishopton in west Renfrewshire has lots of great attractions to keep visitors entertained.

One of the village’s popular locations is Ingliston Country Club, voted ‘Best Equestrian Venue in the UK.’ The club offers world-class facilities to suite any skill set.  Whether you’re aiming for the Olympics or simply trying to trot on, the internationally-acclaimed facilities offer an incredible equestrian experience in unbelievable surroundings.

The country club also offers excellent dining options for guests who enjoy quality Italian and Scottish cuisine at Palominos Restaurant. Other local attractions include the Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort and Erskine Golf Club.

History buffs can visit the Blantyre Monument which stands in memory of Robert Walter Stewart, 11th Lord Blantyre, who lived at nearby Erskine House. A Major-General in the British Army, he served with the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars.

Local attractions and places of interest include Ingliston Country Club, Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort, Erskine Golf Club and the Blantyre Monument.

The nearby picturesque village of Langbank on the southern banks of the River Clyde enjoys panoramic views ‘doon the watter’.

Popular local attractions include the Gleddoch Hotel, Golf and Spa resort and the Finlaystone Country Estate.

With imaginative play areas, woodland walks, picnic areas, colourful gardens, tumbling waterfalls, events, activities and remarkable history, Finlaystone offers family fun in abundance.

The Finlaystone Estate covers approximately 140 acres of woodlands with walking trails varying in length and difficulty, BBQ and picnic areas, incredible wildlife and nature including trees well over 400 years old.

Situated amidst 360 acres of breathtaking countryside, Gleddoch effortlessly combines luxury, character and world-class facilities to produce a memorable escape.

Nestled beautifully in countryside, overlooking the Clyde Estuary, Gleddoch’s prime location and excellent links to Loch Lomond makes it one of the leading hotels in all of Renfrewshire.

Gleddoch Golf Club raises the bar when it comes to enjoying a round of golf.

The 6,350 yard, 18-hole championship golf course presents challenges to golfers of all abilities; therefore don’t be put off if you’re a novice or top player – a great game is guaranteed at one of the best courses on Scotland.

There is also a 4-hole Academy course and a 300-yard practice course if you just want to have a little fun, improve your technique and enjoy the stunning views.

Eating, drinking and shopping

Take a look at some of your favourite places to go in Bishopton and Langbank:

 

 

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Renfrewshire’s popular Heritage Centre is reopening this month with services available for people keen to learn more about their family history and community’s past.

Renfrewshire Leisure have announced the restart of on-site services on Thursday 17 September as part of the leisure and cultural service’s coronavirus recovery.

The Heritage Centre, temporarily located at the Abbey Mill Business Centre on Seedhill Road in Paisley, boasts an impressive collection of items and information which charts the stories of the people and places of Renfrewshire, from the earliest of times to the present day.

All visitors will be strictly required to pre-book their attendance and wear face coverings as part of health and social distancing measures being put in place to protect them and members of staff.

Bookings can be made from today (Thursday 10 September).

Find out more in the video below.

To ensure that people can carry out their research in a safe and secure environment, coronavirus mitigation measures include:

  • An appointment-only entrance system. Bookings must be arranged in advance by emailing heritage@renfrewshire.gov.uk or by calling 0141 618 5375.
  • The discussion of research requirements ahead of arrival. Entrance will not be allowed without proof of pre-booking.
  • Specific table allocation. Tables will be two metres apart. The resources required will be placed on these tables prior to arrival. No further items can be added during the visit.
  • Hand hygiene measures which protect both people and the items in the centre’s collection.
  • The quarantining of resources for 72 hours after every use.

For more details on arrangements at the Heritage Centre – or how all other Renfrewshire Leisure services are affected by Covid-19 and the protection measures in place at each venue click here.

The villages of Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Kilbarchan offer fantastic opportunities to experience the countryside and everything the great outdoors has to offer.

They also make for great choices for a weekend retreat!

Surrounded by rolling countryside, Bridge of Weir is one of the most desirable villages in Scotland – and a lovely place to visit.

The River Gryffe flows through the village and is a popular spot for fishing enthusiasts. Numerous outdoor activities are available at the nearby Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, the National Cycle Route 75, which runs through the village, is a hit with cyclists.

The village also has an excellent dining out scene with a great range of restaurants and cafes dotted throughout the village including Amaretto Italian Kitchen and Bar, The Coach House, Bunty’s General Store and more.

A short drive from Bridge of Weir is the small village of Kilbarchan. Set in rolling wooded countryside, Kilbarchan has retained much of its old-world charm.

The village also sits directly on National Cycling Network Route 7 so it makes for a perfect stop while exploring Renfrewshire.

At the foot of Church Street is The Well dedicated to Robert Allan, a friend of the poet Robert Tannahill. A weaver by trade, Allan showed early talent in the composition of songs and many of his best songs were composed at the loom.

There are two village pubs, the Trust and the Glenleven. The Trust Inn is over a hundred years old and takes great pride in its extensive food and drink menu. The beer garden to the rear of the Gelnleven is the place to go on a summers evening.

Bobbins Coffee and Craft shop is the ideal place to drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a spot of food.

Another quaint village a short distance away is Howwood – which is perfectly situated for visitors to explore the area.

With its own railway station, it’s easy for visitors to discover for themselves. You can take some time to relax and unwind at the luxury Bowfield Hotel and Country Club with its stellar dining options and top-class spa.

Howwood is known for its fantastic range of restaurants including The Coach House where diners can enjoy top-quality food in stylish settings.

There are some excellent views for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy as well. A steep climb from Howwood takes you to an open hillside with some of the best views in Renfrewshire where you can spot Kenmure Hill down in the valley and Ben Lomond or the Arrochar Alps on the horizon.

Eating, drinking and shopping

We asked and you answered with some of your favourite places to go in Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Kilbarchan.

Dylan Glynn commented on Facebook: “The Coach House is a great place to eat!”

 

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Erskine began life as a small village settlement and has since expanded into a bustling new town.

The village’s iconic bridge serves as your gateway to Loch Lomond and the Scottish Highlands. While nearby Inchinnan is home to medieval carved stones and stunning Art Deco buildings.

Find out more about Erskine here.

Find out more about Inchinnan here.

Activities and sights

The small village of Erskine has a lot to shout about. It’s famous bridge, which stands more than 150 feet from the River Clyde, connects Renfrewshire with West Dunbartonshire and is your gateway to Loch Lomond and the Scottish Highlands.

The nearby Erskine veterans’ charity houses a popular garden centre and restaurant, while other nearby attractions include the luxury Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort and popular family favourite, Lamont City Farm.

Lamont City Farm is a vibrant community and animal welfare project where visitors can meet a wide variety of animals, including ducks, small furries, horses, llamas, pigs, sheep and goats.

Nearby is the Boden Boo – a woodland area which lies beneath the Erskine Bridge and contains about two miles of trails and the Erskine Beach.

The village is also home to the Newshot Island Nature Reserve, a salt marsh that juts out into the River Clyde and acts as a feeding and resting point for a wide array of migratory birds.

Home to medieval carved stones and stunning Art Deco buildings, visitors to Inchinnan are in for a pleasant surprise!

The stunning India of Inchinnan building dates from the 1930s when it was designed by Thomas Wallis for the India Tyres Company. The building has recently been restored and now houses a cafe called R34 – named to commemorate the airships built on the site during the First World War.

A series of carved stones at Inchinnan Parish Church dating from around 900-1100AD are believed to mark the final resting place of prominent figures from the long-lost Kingdom of Strathclyde – a significant stronghold which reached its peak as the Vikings were waging bloody raids on Scotland. Another group of stones dating from 1200-1700 are thought to include Knights Templar stones.

The village is also know for the Inchinnan Cruising Club which was established in 1932. It’s a small club located between Inchinnan and Renfrew with an active membership and a varied fleet of power and sailing vessels. The aim of the club is to promote boating within the Firth of Clyde alongside social activities afloat and ashore.

Now that we’ve told you some of our top picks – here are some of your favourite spots in Erskine and Inchinnan.

Boden Boo

 

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Mar Hall Golf

 

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Lamont Farm

 

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Renfrewshire neighbours Linwood and Elderslie both have great stories to explore as well as great shopping and dining out experiences for visitors.

Linwood

Linwood was one-time home to the Rootes car plant, manufacturer of the Hillman Imp, a revolutionary small car which went into production in Linwood 1963, and was not discontinued until 1976.

Find out more about Linwood here.

Elderslie

Famous as the birthplace of Scotland’s Braveheart, Sir William Wallace (1274-1305), this pretty village has plenty to offer visitors.

Find out more about Elderslie here.

Activities and sights

Linwood has plenty to keep people entertained at The Pheonix Retail Park where people can catch a film at the 14 screen Showcase cinema, or grab something to eat at the many restaurants and cafes. There are also some great shopping options available – from car dealerships and toys to interiors and clothes.

If you are looking to enjoy more local history then a visit to Elderslie’s memorial to Scotland’s national hero, Sir William Wallace (1274-1305), is a must. Set on the traditional site of his home in Elderslie the memorial is made up of a series of sculpted plaques around a column reminiscent of a market cross. The plaques illustrate the key moments in Wallace’s career as Knight of Elderslie and Guardian of Scotland.

An Elderslie must-visit is the Butchers Steak and Grill, which won the ‘Scoff the Ball’ award for the best steak in Scotland according to Scottish Sun foodie Tam Cowan.

Elderslie Golf Club is a popular 18-hole course with panoramic views across Renfrewshire which was first opened in 1909.

Eating, drinking and shopping

Both Linwood and Elderslie are home to great local shops, cafes and restaurants. Here are some of the places people love to visit in the town.

Kathryn Murray commented on Facebook: “Roma in Linwood is fab for food 😍”

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@bike.camera.van commented on Instagram: “@elderslie_butchers_grill is definitely one of my Elderslie highlights 😍”

@daviemo73 tweeted: “Butchers steak and grill, Elderslie…handsdown! Name a better steak house locally.”

 

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John Everett commented on Facebook: “Elderslie Cafe beside the butcher is excellent and close to the cycle track.”

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