Whether you love it or hate it, at this time of year it’s hard to avoid Halloween. Despite not really celebrating the occasion as a child, since having children myself I’ve come to love Halloween.
It’s never going to replace Christmas in terms of my favourite celebration, but Halloween is the perfect excuse to get dressed up, play some games and enjoy some delicious food.
This year we are hosting a little party for the children at our house and I’ve been preparing in advance to make the most of this spooky occasion and I’ve put together a list of what I’ve got in store for my little terrors…
Halloween is the perfect excuse to dress up. Gone are my days of going out into town or to house parties in skimpy outfits (to be fair, I was still doing this a few years back), but I am planning to make an effort for the party and the kids will have fun dressing up as a pumpkin and skeleton for the night!
Apple bobbing is a must, but I’m also really excited to play Scary Bingo*, which was sent to us by Laurence King Publishers. It’s a fun take on the classic game, aimed at children aged 3+ and fun for all the family! I’m planning a spooky take on pin the tail on the donkey as well – it’s going to be really fun!
I’ve stocked up on lots of sweet treats for the kids. I’m going to be picking up some cakes, crisps and pizzas nearer the time as well. I found a handy themed serving platter in Asda and will be using it for the sweets – it’ll be perfect to take to the door for any trick or treaters as well.
I went a little mad and bought lots of ghoulish goodies in the shops. I picked up most bits from Asda and Poundland, so it was all really reasonably priced.
I absolutely love the spider table confetti – only 50p in Asda and a little goes a long way! Cameron has caught sight of the gel blood spatters and is so excited to use them to transform our front room into a crime scene.
I’ve also got some really cool moving pictures, which remind me of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney.
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a bit of pumpkin carving. To make things a little more interesting this year I’m going to be offering a prize for the most imaginative pumpkin. Ed is so competitive, I know that he’s going to go all out to try and beat the kids for this one!
To end the night, once the children are all tucked up in bed (and no doubt far from ready for sleep thanks to all that sugar), I’m going to be switching up our usual bedtime story for something a little spookier. An A-Z of Monsters and Magical Beings*,from Laurence King, is the perfect Halloween read (just remember to leave the night light on)
Items marked with an * have been kindly gifted to myself, all opinions and photos remain my own.