Throw a spook-tacular Halloween party

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Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Halloween is a little like Marmite. Some people love it and happily spend hours carving pumpkin faces, and some just can’t stand it. But if you’ve got kids in tow, it means a very handy ready-made themed day of festivities to keep little ones occupied this half term.

So swallow your inner Halloween annoyance and embrace all things ghoulish for one night only, with our guide to throwing a spine-tinglingly good bash…

The food

With Halloween and Bonfire Night so close, it’s a case of anything goes, as long as it’s a comforting winter warmer! You don’t have to splash out on lots of new ingredients, there’s probably plenty in the cupboard already to make a Halloween feast.

Sausages are the taste of autumn and, with a blob of ketchup, double up quite handily as severed fingers, while spaghetti is basically a plate of long wiggly worms and Bolognese looks eerily like entrails (or is that just me?)

The pad

This is one to get the kids busy with on the day. If you opt for a pumpkin to go in your window or on the doorstep, they can hollow out all the seeds (the boring part), leaving adults to do the more creative carving.

Then the fun really begins, with giant spiders made from black bin liners stuffed with scrunched up newspaper, webs made from balls of black and white wool knotted together – the more the scarier – and white tissue paper ghosts hanging creepily from the ceiling.

Let the children choose where they want everything to go, but maybe keep a few spooky surprises in store for them.

The ugly

Now for the part that little (and grown-up) kids like best: dressing up. Time to acquire some face paints and get artistic. Go for old classics such as cats, with headband, cardboard ears and painted whiskers and noses, or ghosts made from old sheets.

Witches’ and wizards’ hats are easy to make from old cereal boxes – channel your inner Harry Potter and apply lightning bolt scars for added impact. Make Frankenstein with a green base and some realistic black “stitches”, and baby pumpkins with a circle of orange and a green stalk near the hairline.

Three of the best… Goodies for trick or treaters

1. Scooby-Doo Halloween Biscuit Mini Collection, £35 (plus p&p),

Give Halloween callers a real treat with these intricately decorated chocolate biscuits from the team at Biscuiteers. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and a host of ghouls all feature in a fab keepsake tin.

2. Haribo Trick Or Treat Bucket, £5, Tesco

With more than 40 mini bags of gummy frogs, bats and spiders crammed into this tub, it should ensure your front door doesn’t get egged.

3. Ghoulish Cupcakes, £2 for pack of four, Sainsbury’s

Sticky chocolate sponge, topped with creamy chocolate icing and a little pumpkin decoration – what’s not to love?

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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