Halloween night is when all things spooky come out to play, from ghosts to witches and anything in between. To ensure that you have a spooktacular evening of fun we’ve put together some top tips for how to celebrate on the 31st October.
1. Set the scene with spooky decorations
Nothing shouts Halloween better than the striking combination of orange and black. Discount shops will stock plenty of cheap decorations to inspire you, from spider webs and bats, to eerie doorbell chimes and scary skeletons. If you are feeling traditional, you can buy a real pumpkin and carve out a Jack-o-lantern that will look really effective lit up at your front door. In the lead up to Halloween, you can also get the kids on the job with easy Halloween craft kits that can be used as decorations for the frightening festivities.
2. Make ghoulish drinks
To serve a creepy drink you can add blended spinach to a healthy fruit punch to turn it a slimy green colour. No one will taste the spinach, but it will make your punch look the part! Add some gummy worms for an extra gruesome touch. To create a Dracula blood punch use red cranberry juice and ginger ale. Orange Fanta makes a fun and easy Halloween drink if you aren’t feeling creative.
3. Serve frightening food
There are so many creative ideas for spooky and tasty Halloween snacks, just a Google away. Try out Marshmallow Ghosts, Eyeball Cake Pops, Meringue Bones, Blood-splattered Cookies, Candy Spiders, Witches’ Fingers and Graveyard Puddings, to name but a few.
4. Play a gross guess-what-you-are-touching game
Drape a box with black cloth and have the kids reach in and touch different items without them looking at what they are touching… Cooked spaghetti feels like slippery worms or monster intestines. A bowl of canned peaches feels like slugs, and overcooked rice coated with oil feels like maggots. Peeled grapes make great eyeballs, and dried apricots can feel like ears. Make sure you have wet wipes for cleaning sticky fingers afterwards.
5. Dress up & go Trick or Treating in your neighbourhood
Your local council or a proactive neighbour may have sent out instructions as to how to mark your house for trick or treating on Halloween night. Some suggest a sticker or balloon on the postbox, or a note on the door. In general, if a house is decorated it would be safe to say they would welcome little monsters seeking sweet treats. But be mindful of people that do not want to be disturbed – outside lights turned off may be a clue to avoid that house. Also be aware that some Kids costumes are not flame resistant so be careful around open flame candles.
If you prefer to keep the festivities to home then why not set up a super scary Haunted Garden Walk-through. All you need is a few creepy sounds, fake spiders and a skeleton or two, plus some willing adults that can jump out unexpectedly, and a freaky storyteller to lead the way.
When all is said and done for the night, and the sugar wears off, tuck your little monsters into bed and hope that they don’t have any nightmares!
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