Whilst in the past it has been a tradition celebrated more by our American cousins, Halloween has certainly taken the UK by storm in recent years and now it seems that, as soon as the children return to school after their summer holidays, the supermarkets and shops are filled with everything that anyone would need to make Halloween spookily exciting.
In terms of decoration there’s an array of items to consider with fake gravestones, scary life size skeletons as well as many Halloween themed cardboard cut outs readily available to buy but it might also be worth considering making decorations yourself, take a look at our frighteningly good selection below…
Empty jam jars can also create great lighting effects – wrapped in orange crepe or tissue paper decorated with a few eerie images (again using the design for a pumpkin as a guide) would be a great starting point and, by adding a tea light inside, create a very effective decoration. The more jam jars the better although, as always when fire is involved, consider safety issues especially when children are nearby.
By simply taking some orange balloons and drawing scary faces on them with black ink – in a similar design to that used on Halloween pumpkins - you can quickly transform them into cheap and effective decorations.
What’s Halloween without carving a pumpkin? Whether you’re a first time pumpkin carver or a bit of a whizz, there’s something for everybody. Plus, if you want to try something a little bit different, how about painting your pumpkin instead? Don’t forget to make sure your pumpkins can be seen to show off your good work!
Don’t forget the use of black paper too. By using a template you could create a multitude of bats and spiders that can be placed across walls or doors to give a creepy impression that a hoard of them are nearby.
Paper plates can be sourced cheaply from your local supermarket or online and can be used for various fabulous Halloween crafts. How about making your very own spooky witches cat, hanging bat or spider? The finished products would also make fantastic decorations for your home.
Using helium balloons that are weighted to the floor – and then loosely covered with a white cloth or sheet that features ghostly faces – would also be very effective with the added advantage that they would eerily move as the night air catches them.
Spooky spider web
Quick and easy, how about making your very own spiders web from a big bag? Just like Christmas snowflakes, simply fold up the bag, cut your pattern and open up to reveal your web!
All in all its about making your decorations as effective as possible – consider a theme – black, orange and white are the obvious ones – and combine some larger features with smaller details to ensure it adds up to a great Halloween celebration that’s just a scream!.
Further spooky and fun ideas
Staying in and cuddling up on the sofa?
If you fancy settling down for the night with a scary film that will make you jump everytime the doorbell goes how about the following for adults and children:
For big people who liked to be scared:
3. Nightmare on Elm Street
4. The Blair Witch Project
For the little people to enjoy:
1. Casper the Friendly Ghost
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Worst Witch
4. Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
5. The Nighmare Before Christmas
Five tracks for your Halloween party or pub jukebox playlist
As another October 31st comes around you are bound to be hearing the same old songs on the radio - Thriller, Time Warp, Monster Mash, which are great songs but a little predictable. But if you are thinking about holding your own Halloween party or heading down to a bar with a good jukebox and are looking for the perfect Halloween singalong moment that's just a bit left of centre, try one of these...
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I put a spell on you >
Made famous by Nina Simone and often covered, the original version by Screamin' Jay Hawkins never charted. But the unhinged and deranged lunacy of Hawkins' voal delivery is a joy to listen to, and makes it an irresistable karoke number for your Halloween party.
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Halloween >
These goth-punk architects throw everyting but the kitchen sink as they do there best to put you off trick-or-treating for life
Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead >
Bela Lugosi was the horror film actor who established the modern image of the vampire, and Bahaus' tribute to him captures his camp and creepiness all at once. An alternative Halloween classic
Talking Heads - Pyscho Killer >
The lyrics of Talking Heads' debut hit imagines the paranoid thoughts of a serial killer with a few catchy 'Fa-fa-fa-fas' thrown in for good measure. A good opportunity to your practice your French too.
Meatloaf - Bat out of Hell >
A guilty pleasure it may be, but if you can resist rocking along with your air guitar your resolve is stronger than ours. Strap yourself in because it's eight minutes long. Happy Halloween!
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