Halloween has certainly gained in popularity in the UK over recent years – I can see this simply by the increased amount of decorations, party ware, and costumes in the shops these days. I remember when there would be just a small shelf full of stuff for Halloween, now there is an aisle or two devoted to it at this time of year. With Halloween just under a week away, you might start to catch a few bargains!
I have never been one for Trick-or-Treat, preferring to throw a party, over knocking door-to-door in the freezing cold! I have thrown a Halloween party pretty much every year for the past 25 years… (I feel sooo old) …so when it comes to planning them, I like to think I’ve got it down!
I thought I would share some of my ideas to show you how to throw an easy Halloween Party. I’ve got all the bases covered – decorations (including lots of free printables), costume ideas, party games, pumpkin carving patterns, music, movies, food & drink ideas, and a ton of recipes too!
If there is one decoration you MUST buy, it is a bag of cobwebs – even if you don’t have anything else, this stuff will instantly make anything look spooky.
Wilko have sent me some items for my Halloween Party this year, which I plan to make good use of on the weekend. With it being late in the month now, some of the stuff isn’t available online, but my husband did buy some Halloween items in store yesterday, so get in quick before they all sell out!
My favourite item from Wilko this year, by far is their awesome pumpkin shaped drinks dispenser. Here are some Halloween Mocktails & Cocktails you could try out
- Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice
- Warm Autumn Punch
- Spicy Bloody Mary – In a blender combine 2 parts vegetable juice (like V8) with 1 part ready-made salsa until smooth. Add lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and celery salt to taste. Add Tabasco to spice things up more (optional). If you want to turn it boozy, add vodka. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumber and pimento-stuffed green olives.
- Dark Rum Punch
- Vampire Virgin Sangria – Place some ice cubes, sliced oranges, sliced lemon, quartered grapes, and fresh or frozen raspberries into a large jug. Add 2 parts cranberry juice, and 1 part orange juice. Top up with red grape juice (or red wine if you want to make this non-virgin).
For some free and easy Halloween decorations, check out my Halloween Printables! Download them, print them, prepare them and bam, instant decorations!