When autumn arrives with its bright orange leaves and crisp, chilly mornings, many of us turn our attention to one of the year’s most exciting holidays: Halloween. Far from an occasion just for children, Halloween is one of those events that absolutely everyone can get involved in, and have as much fun as the kids do.
Having a Halloween party is the most obvious, and probably the most popular thing to do on this spooky night, but it isn’t the only thing you can do. Even if you’re not planning on having a party, decorating your home and doing something for the occasion will distract you from the chilly weather – whether you have kids or not! Here are my top tips to make your Halloween extra thrilling.
Make Your Own Decorations
For young children, Halloween can be one of the most exciting events of the year. The weekend before the big night, ask them to help you make some decorations for the house. This will get them extra excited about the occasion and save you some time too! It’s always worth asking them what decorations they would like to make, as kids have fantastic imaginations, but if you’re stuck for ideas you’ll find plenty on Pinterest.
If you’re decorating for older children or adults, you can find some simple, quick ways of making your home Halloween ready. One is to drip red candle wax onto white candles, giving the impression of blood, and another is cutting up bin bags to create huge black spider webs! If you have a creative streak, you can definitely use your imagination here to think of some fun ways to get into the spooky spirit.
Get Spooky in the Kitchen
What would Halloween be without tasty treats? Often the most enjoyable part of any holiday, food really comes into its own on Halloween. Aside from giving out shop bought sweets, there are so many things you can do to make Halloween snacks, some of which are even healthy! Try using a Sharpie to draw pumpkin faces on tangerines, or combine mini bread sticks and cheese to make tiny broomsticks. The possibilities are endless.
Of course, you can’t forget the drinks. You could create a witch’s brew with lime soda, a vampire punch with grenadine in it, or even a jack-o-lantern soda using orange juice. This is a brilliant idea, even if you’re not planning on having a party. Everyone likes an excuse to celebrate!
Do a Mini Makeover
If you are having a party, it’s time to get your home Halloween ready! The first thing is to decide which space you’re going to use and maximise it as much as you can. You might just need to move a few chairs around, or you might want to use internal bifold doors to create an open space for your guests to enjoy. Of course, the amount of space you need will depend on how many guests you have, but be careful not to underestimate it. A cramped, uncomfortable room does not make for a great party!
Once you’ve created a space, it’s time to start adding your decorations. Try and get creative with this, don’t just go for the standard cobwebs and paper chains. You can alter your existing set up in subtle ways that will really make an impression, such as adding a green or red film to your lamps to cast an eerie light around the room, or using glow in the dark paint to write creepy messages.
Make a Night of It
Now that you’ve gone to all this effort, you might as well throw a full blown Halloween party! Kids will absolutely love the opportunity to show off their Halloween costumes, and adults will more than likely get carried away with the themed food and drink. Remember to create a playlist of scary tunes to dance to and if your guests are old enough, have a horror film playing in the background. As with any holiday, Halloween is what you make it, so get your creepiest costume out and enjoy your newly haunted house.
Have a SPOOKTACULAR time!