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Every year, Halloween celebrations appear to be growing bigger and better. By the end of September shops are already showcasing their ghostly wares, with spooky fancy dress for children of all ages – from 1 to 100!
Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, the chances are you’ll have a parade of witches, wizards and goblins knocking on your door on the 31st October.
Which means you have a choice: either, close the curtains, turn off the lights and hide behind the sofa all evening or join in the fun.
And it can be great fun. If you really get into the spirit (pardon the pun) of Halloween, we guarantee that you’ll have a fantastic evening. In fact, why not do it in style and throw your own Halloween party? Which of course, has to be fancy dress.
The first thing you need to consider is the decorations. You’ll be amazed at the range of accessories you can buy to put you in a spooky mood. From glow in the dark pumpkins to spray on cobwebs – or you could even forget about the cleaning for a week and grow your own cobwebs!
Orange and black balloons are a quick and easy way to set the Halloween mood and if you want something a bit more special we’ve some fun Halloween balloons in stock (my favourites are the Giant Eyeball Balloon and the Large Kooky Bat Balloon).
But no Halloween decorations would be complete without the obligatory pumpkin. They’re surprisingly easy to carve, just spoon out the pulp and seeds and carefully cut out eyes, nose and mouth with a sharp knife, taking care not to cut yourself.
Add a tea light and you’re away.
Be creative with your party food. If it’s a sit down meal, create a goulish menu, think worms and eyeballs for spaghetti and meatballs and you’ll get the idea.
It’s also amazing what a little bit of food colouring can achieve. Ever fancied dishing up green mash potato? Just don’t blame me if your guests refuse to eat anything.
Dessert is the easiest course to turn deliciously devilish. Decorate fairy cakes with black icing and spider’s webs, serve up jelly with floating eyeballs (the sweetshop kind, please), drip blood red raspberry sauce over ice cream or you could even serve up a one of our cans of chocolate worms.
Imagine all the fun you could have with concocting spooky drinks.
As the host of the party your outfit needs to be given some careful thought. If you don’t want to go to the expense of buying or hiring a fancy dress costume, then make your own.
Create the Thriller look by ripping apart your old clothes and adding a few dirty bandages (fake dirt, obviously). Alternatively, a pair of black leggings, a black t-shirt and some make-up will turn you into the purrrfect witch’s cat. Failing that, dress in your normal party clothes and use some clever make-up, fake blood and a can of strong hairspray, to create that fashionable zombie effect.
For an inexpensive source of old or weird clothing, visit your local charity shop. You’ll be amazed at some of the gems you’ll find.
So there you go, everything you need to throw the perfect Halloween party. Just one last piece of advice - don’t forget the treats for the little monsters who’ll come knocking at the door, or you could end up with a tricky problem.
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