Witches, zombies and skeletons can all be happily seen together at the same time each year: Halloween. Children go knocking from door to door, dressed in their scariest outfits, collecting various sweets and chocolates from their neighbours. For children (and likely still adults), this is one of the most exciting holidays of the year and Halloween parties have become more and more popular.
The first thing you will need is a truly spooky setting for your party. Even the cosiest cottage can be transformed into a haunted mansion with the right decorations. There’s a lot you can do with a few simple props and pieces you may have at home already; consider the terrifying pumpkin faces you could make with some orange balloons and a black marker pen! With cheesecloth and fabric stiffener you can make the spookiest ghosts and with black cardboard, scissors and a lot of patience, you can create a whole cloud of bat decorations. Once you have your haunted house, you can then turn your hand to whipping up the most gruesome party food your imagination can create. There will be a lot of hungry mouths to feed at your party, so make sure that you have a variety of snacks and sweets on offer. It’s a well-known fact that small wolves and vampires are very fussy!
Here are some top tips to get you started:
1. Halloween Jelly
Jelly is a staple of any children’s party but under darkness and with cobwebs brushing against your face, it can be a truly terrifying treat. Who is to say that it isn’t really green zombie brains wobbling away in that bowl? Experiment with colours – different greens and reds can be combined for a wonderfully gruesome result. For that final creepy touch, add a few gummy worms.
2. Ghost Ice Cream
Something as simple as vanilla ice cream can be made into a dessert fit for the scariest party. If you’re pushed for time, you can quickly make some friendly ghosts by adding chocolate chips for eyes.
3. Ice Cream Cone Witch Hats
With an upside down chocolate ice cream cone on top of a cookie, add candy inside the cone for an absolutely delicious witchy treat. Finally, you can use frosting to stick an upside down chocolate ice cream cone to a chocolate cookie. Decorate the outside with small sweets and you have edible witch hats!
4. Creepy Cookies
If you are a dab hand with the piping bag, the sky is the limit when it comes to creepy cookies. There are Halloween cookie cutters available, such as bats, ghosts and tombstones, but standard cutters can be used to great effect too. With a little creativity and icing, a round cookie can be decorated with a pumpkin or a spider, or you can use white icing to transform a friendly gingerbread man into a terrifying skeleton.
Once all your food has been devoured, entertainment is a must; you’ll need a wide range of games to make sure your party is one to remember:
• Halloween bingo is very popular with children; prizes are normally small toys or chocolate gifts.
• Apple bobbing is also a lot of fun, but make sure that you have a few towels on hand, as it can get very messy. Ensuring that everyone is having a scream is essential, so make sure all the children get a prize.
• Scary stories – no Halloween party would be complete without them! Make sure the room is dark and the torch is on; this is always a good way to bring the party to a thrilling conclusion.