With Halloween only a few weeks away it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate the most spooktacular night in the calendar.
Whether you throw a ghoulish gathering, a devilish dinner or a petrifying party you certainly want your celebrations to be a treat for all involved.
To avoid it being a frightful affair, we’ve put together our Halloween party checklist so that you can have a night to remember.
First things first, you need to decorate, and no Halloween party would be complete without the obligatory pumpkin.
Go traditional and carve out a traditional spooky face or get your creative juices flowing and try something a bit more technical. We love pumpkins which have words carved into them such as ‘boo!’ and ‘trick or treat’. Or you could go sophisticated and carve a heart or stars into your pumpkin.
You’ll need clean carving tools, and you should make sure that your pumpkin is clean before you begin creating your design. For more intricate designs use a drill to create small dots. And don’t forget to save the insides to whip into something delicious in the kitchen!
Don’t just stop at a pumpkin, as there a plenty more ways to turn your house from homely to haunted:
Floating witch hats – Use invisible string and suspend witches’ hats on your front porch
Garden ghosts – Spray chicken wire with glow in the dark paint and mould into ghostly shapes
Terrifying table décor – Take some empty tin cans and paint them with spooky designs to store cutlery and napkins
Spooky spiders web – Fold a bin-bag into a triangle shape and then cut a spider’s web design to hang around your home
Wicked witch legs – Stuff a pair of long striped socks with chicken wire and pop a pair of old shoes on the end. Then pop a wooden post into a flower pot and place the legs over this. It’ll then look like a witch has dived into the garden
Mystery messages – Use a red lipstick to write spooky sayings on mirrors and photo frames
Every party needs entertainment and a Halloween party is the perfect time to get everyone involved. Whether you choose to put a twist on some classic party past-times or invent your own – playing games is a great way to get the party started and keep little ones entertained.
Halloween bowling – take some empty paint tins and remove the labels. Paint them with ghosts, witches and zombies and put them in a bowling formation. Use a small football painted as a pumpkin as your bowling ball.
Pin the spider on the web – forget pin the tail on the donkey, the spider needs to find his web! Use a paper template to create a spider’s web on the wall. Whoever gets the spider closest to the centre of the web is the winner.
Petrifying photo booth – everyone loves a photo booth but ditch the goofy glasses in favour of some Halloween dress-up! Use a white sheet with a Halloween banner over it as your back drop and stock it full of props such as witches’ hats, ghosts, Frankenstein masks, spiders and bats.
Mystery boxes – this one is a little mucky, so lay a protective sheet down to avoid a sticky floor. Use an empty plastic box and add your pumpkin filling to create slimy texture or tissue paper. Now it’s time to get children to use their imagination. Use spaghetti to create brains, peeled grapes as eyeballs and carrot sticks for witch fingers – and get them to guess what they think it is. It’s guaranteed to have them squealing!
When you think of Halloween you think of sweets so make sure that your party is stocked full of yummy treats. Keep a bowl by the door for trick or treaters or create mini hampers to give to the winners of your party games. A party bag never goes amiss either – take an orange bag and draw a pumpkin face on it, fill it up with sweets and use a fury pipe cleaner to create a curled design to keep it sealed.
Rather than displaying your sweets in bowls, take a skeleton and lay it onto a table. Then lay your sweets under the bones to create the effect of a heart, lungs and intestines – it’s sure to be a focal point! Use the Candy King sour Dracula teeth, jelly fingers and brains and foam hearts for the body, and add a few pink and white mice and the boa snake for a spooky effect!
While sweeties will no doubt be the star of your party, you’ll need to put on a spooky spread for your guests to enjoy too!
Fruity pumpkin hair – fill a skewer with strawberries, grapes, kiwi and orange wedges and stick into the top of a pumpkin for a healthy snack
Graveyard mousse – for a chocolatey treat, make a chocolate mousse and pop into mini glass jars. Use a wafer in the shape of a graveyard to pop into the top
Stuffed pumpkin peppers – use orange peppers and stuff with rice and vegetables. Cut out a spooky face on the front to create Halloween themed stuffed peppers
Zombie hotdogs – turn a party favourite into a gruesome one, use an American style hotdog and cut in half to create a finger shape. Take the top of skin of the sausage off to create a fingernail effect and use a knife to create little incisions to create knuckles. Pop into a hotdog bun and use ketchup to create the look of blood
Spider pizzas – take your favourite pizza and adorn it with spiders. Use black olives and cut in half to create the body, then use a quarter of an olive for the head. For the legs cut into thin slices and position around the body