Trick or treat? Funding Circle’s guide to a spooky Halloween

Halloween’s approaching, but don’t be afraid. We’ve put together a list of ideas to make sure your friends and family have a frighteningly fun time.

Pick your poison

Specialists in fair-trade family treats, York based Choc Affair, who borrowed £60,000 in 2013, have a range of Halloween chocolates great for kids and grown-ups alike! We like the look of their Chocolate Skull Lolly, made with delicious creamy milk or white chocolate.

Hopping popping frog chocolateOr there’s the creatively creepy Hopping Popping Frogs from James Chocolates in Somerset, who borrowed £60,000 through the marketplace in 2014. They’re hand-painted and should surprise your guests with delicious popping candy. We recommend just biting their heads off!

Pumpkin perfection

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a frightened first timer, pumpkins and Halloween go hand in hand. Why not carve a pumpkin that will make your neighbours jealous, and help the community, by purchasing through family-run business Annie’s Fruit Shop (Who borrowed over £30,000 in October 2015). While you’re at it why not order some bobbing apples too…

Ghoulish gowns and other fancy dress

Utopia halloween fangsUtopia Costumes borrowed £30,000 in 2014 and is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of theatrical costumes for professional and amateur stage shows! Based in Scotland, they have a range of Halloween goodies, including masks, scars, teeth and wigs, to help make you look gruesome.

Or try something wicked from Sensible Supplies, an Aladdin’s cave full of goodies, including sweets and decorations. They stock over 700 different Halloween costumes and we visited them back in 2013:

Not a trick or treater?

If you’re looking to keep your eerie efforts more low key, why not fill your home with seasonal flowers? Combined florist and gift shop, The Flower Emporium in Stockport, who borrowed £5,000 in September 2015 to refurbish, have a beautiful range of seasonal bouquets more likely to delight than fright.

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Rob McCorquodale


4 thoughts on “Trick or treat? Funding Circle’s guide to a spooky Halloween

  1. I would love to be able to use the services of the companies I have supported, but how can I search the list? It’s only a long list of company names. It would be great if we were able to search by product – is that possible? Christmas, Easter, birthdays, special occasions, etc., lots of opportunities.

    • Hi ForestRunner. Thanks for your suggestion. We’re always looking at new ways to bring to life the businesses you’ve lent to. Antonia

      • Would you be amenable to the community creating a wiki that documents the companies this blog has listed so far, and their suggested products? An Argos-like catalogue comes to mind..

        • Hi loanrifle. Thanks for the suggestion. I think promoting the businesses from our blogs is a lovely idea. Antonia

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