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Fright Night: How To Host A Halloween Party

Make Halloween 2019 one to remember with our haunting Halloween party guide. From decorating tips and spooky snack recipes to creepy Halloween costumes for kids and adults, we have everything you need to create a fun (and frightening!) Halloween party for guests to enjoy.

Step-By-Step Halloween
Party Planning

1. Pick A Theme

Giving your Halloween party an extra theme (besides scary, of course!) is a brilliant way to bring a new dynamic to the event. Whether you host a murder mystery party or make partygoers dress up as their favourite undead film, TV and book characters, you can experiment with putting your own spin on the occasion.

Whatever the theme, one rule you should always enforce is that everyone has to wear a Halloween costume! Even a torn T-shirt and a powdered face are better than nothing.

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2. Decorate Your Home

Next, it’s time to start decorating your home with Halloween accessories. For a ghostly atmosphere, cover furniture with old white sheets and throws. Not only will this inspire an eerie environment, but it’ll also protect sofas and chairs from being stained with fake blood. A win-win!

Other classic tricks to help your party stand out include hanging mirrors with coloured string lights and garnishing side tables with spiders and cobwebs. Plus, no Halloween celebration is complete without plenty of pumpkins and skeletons!

3. Spooky Snacks

Halloween is about more than just the costumes you wear. To get into the spirit of the occasion, serve up “witch’s finger” hotdogs, toffee apples and grape “eyeball” punch. For even more inspiration, take a look at ASDA Good Living’s spooky and scrumptious Halloween recipe ideas.

However, hosting large groups means you need to think about tableware. While paper plates and cups are suitable for young children, they’re not as sustainable. Instead, try melamine picnicware for tableware that’s lightweight and reusable.

Alongside your tasty and terrifying party food, stock up on sweets to ensure trick-or-treaters don’t go home empty-handed.

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4. Party Playlists

From “I Put A Spell On You” to “Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters”, a varied Halloween party playlist is essential to setting the mood. After all, the right songs will bring even the most undead guests to life!

5. Halloween Games

As well as socialising and dancing, preparing a few Halloween games is a good way to keep kids (and adults!) entertained.

Alongside family favourites such as apple bobbing and scary storytime, you can also play pin the witch hat and musical bumps to a spine-chilling soundtrack.

How To Carve The
Perfect Pumpkin

Whether you’re a master carver or a novice, carving a pumpkin is an iconic Halloween activity. Fantastic for involving little ones, you can also use your finished result to add some personality to your decorations.

Find out how to carve the perfect pumpkin in four easy steps below. Just remember to watch over young children to make sure they safely prepare their pumpkin.

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1. Adults should help little ones by carefully cutting off the top of the pumpkin. If you’re carving just one, then go for the biggest pumpkin you can find for maximum impact.

2. Using a large spoon, scoop out all the seeds and pumpkin flesh.

3. With a marker pen, draw on either a super-scary or silly face. This is your chance to get creative! Even so, designs with fewer fiddly bits are much easier to cut-out with a serrated knife. Take care to cut in the direction away from yourself to stop the knife from slipping.

4. Pop a tealight inside your pumpkin and replace the lid, but make sure it’s not left unattended!

There you have it – a striking pumpkin to decorate your Halloween party and welcome trick-or- treaters!

Haunting Halloween

Now that you’ve planned your party and carved your pumpkin, you’ll be ready to move onto the most important part: your Halloween costume. Since you’ll be hosting, there’s even more pressure to dress to impress in a statement getup.

To greet guests in one of 2019’s most popular adults’ Halloween costumes, why not try a Day of the Dead fancy dress outfit? Colourful and creepy, you can accessorise your look with chunky lace-up boots and sugar skull-inspired makeup. Match your eyeshadow to your tutu for a coordinated colour scheme.

Little ones can also get in on the action with a traditional kids’ Halloween costume. Whether they want to be a mini vampire, a devil or an evil clown, there’s plenty of fun, frightening and affordable options to choose from.

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For even more Halloween inspiration, don’t miss our kids’ Halloween clothing, baby costumes and Halloween accessories.