The spooky season is creeping up on us. We offer a few ideas on making your Halloween party go bump in the night.
Planning a party
Whip your family and friends into action by planning a
witches and goblin fancy dress party for friends and family. Organise a
special prize for the most scary, original or ghastly costume and plan a whole host of traditional Halloween party games.
Dress to impress! This is the bit where you can really
have some fun. Get the whole family involved in helping to plan and make
your costume. Be creative with your use of materials and accessories.
Raid the house and use paper mache for masks, tinsel for crowns, buttons
With the lights dimmed, these pumpkin lanterns can
create the ideal atmospheric party prop for your Halloween party.
They’re also great fun to make, but kids shouldn’t make these without
You will need: a pumpkin, spoon, a permanent marker, a sharp knife and a candle.
- Cut the top of the pumpkin with a large sharp knife.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Next, draw the eyes, nose, and mouth with the marker.
- Cut out the face with the small knife.
- Pop a candle inside the Jack-o-lantern, and watch his beady eyes light up!
If you're planning on throwing a party why not organise
a healthy 'pumpkin themed' menu. This will keep fat and sugar intake to
a minimum. You could set your friends the challenge of each cooking a
separate pumpkin dish. Hand out recipes to avoid people turning up with
the same dish. This will also help cut down on the cooking for your
Apple bobbing is a great game for a Halloween party,
and it's really simple. All you need is a big bucket filled with water
and a bag of apples. To play, each person puts their hands behind their
back and tries to get an apple out of the bucket using their mouth! It
can get a bit messy but is lots of fun!
Ghost story challenge
Ask everyone whose attending the party to arrive with
one scary story up their sleeve. Then have a time when you switch off
all the lights and everyone exchanges ghost stories.
Visit a haunted house
a party is off the menu, why not go with a friend or family to visit a
haunted house? Or, if you live in southern England and are looking for a
scarier option, why not visit the famous London dungeons. There's also
bound to be a Halloween bonfire in your local community that you could
find out about. Have a spooky Halloween and avoid those wicked witches!