Firstly, I’m shocked by how quickly this year has gone by and that Halloween is just over a week away. Honestly, this has to be one of the fastest years in history. Feels like only yesterday I was taking down my Christmas decorations.
Before I met my husband, Halloween, Christmas, Easter etc were just dates in the diary, however now, they’re full-blown events for us, inviting friends and family to join the celebrations. We get fully into character to make sure all the kids have a magical time and that they get to release their inner monsters (some scarier than others).
Hosting a party isn’t the be all and end all for us though. There are a couple of other things we do to really ensure this ghoulish night is one to remember.
5 tips for a seeing in the creepiest night of the year in style…
The decoration is a must.
For us, these milestones in the year allow us to really delve deep into our inner monsters, or Santa’s elves alter egos. From the way we present ourselves on the outer part of our home, to what you see when you open our front door – it’s an experience. I normally shop for my stuff on Amazon. They literally have everything from cotton wool cobwebs, hanging lanterns, bunting and even some terrifying full-size statues that will really give people a scare. Costco is another great place to visit for some quirky Halloween decorations, they also do a great range of food, I’ve seen some great costumes there so if you plan your trip right, you could definitely tick a number of pre-halloween preparation boxes.
Get into character.
As I said, for us, it’s a massive opportunity to drop the hectic real lives that we carry around every day and become whoever we want to be for the night. I’ve been Alice in Zombieland, a Vampire Queen and the Halloween standard, a Zombie Pirate. Being scary isn’t the only option when it comes to Halloween. I’ve seen a fairy, Catwoman and even a Unicorn. haha. The point is, drop your stresses and worries at the door, embrace who you are on the night and go knee deep in the apple bobbing…
Get the kids involved.
If you’re hosting an all-inclusive Halloween event, I mean, not just adults. Get the kids involved. We do lots of pumpkin carving on the night, bobbing for apples and trick r treating which gets them super excited. We love getting some sparklers too, bringing some glitz and warmth to the night.
Get your food on point.
So for me, when I host a party, I cannot handle making everything from scratch, I’m just not that kind of mum. Haha. Instead, I preorder the majority of the buffet food and then I make a couple of Halloween specific treats to make the buffet table really stand out. I take a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest, there are so many creative people out there. The regulars on our Halloween table are:
- Skeleton Cookies
- Banana Ghosts and Orange Pumpkins
- Strawberry Ghost Pops
- Scary Spider Cupcakes
- Mummy Pizza Pies
Film choice is everything.
So whether you’re entertaining for the night or having a quiet night in. Halloween films on Halloween are a MUST. Obviously dependant on your audience, you need to be smart with what you choose to play but here are some of my favs:
- Hocus Pocus – Rated PG – Great, lighthearted family film to get everyone in the mood.
- Halloween – Rated 18 – Not for kids but perfect for raising the intensity with your adult friends. I remember watching this when I was 16 and it still gives me the same heart racing chills it did back then.
- Hotel Transylvania – Rated PG – Another fab family film. Adam Sandler is hilarious as Dracula, the owner of a 5-star hotel specifically for monsters. It’s definitely full of chaos and typical Sandler humour.
- Trick r Treat – Rated 15 – With an all-star cast, this is both horror and comedy merged into one.
- Nightmare on Elm Street – Rated 18 – A true Halloween film in my eyes. Literally terrifies me every time I watch it.
And the main point is don’t panic or stress out. No matter what you do, just enjoy it. I hope you have a lovely time.
Much love, Jo xx