Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Tricky Problem For a Halloween Party

Join in the Halloween fun

Every year, Halloween celebrations appear to be growing bigger and better. The shops are already showcasing their ghostly wares, with spooky fancy dress for children of all ages -- from 1 to 100!

Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, the chances are you'll have a parade of witches, wizards and goblins knocking on your door on Saturday 31 October.

Which means you have a choice: either, close the curtains, turn off the lights and hide behind the sofa all evening or join in the fun.

And it can be great fun. If you really get into the spirit (pardon the pun) of Halloween, we guarantee that you'll have a fantastic evening. In fact, why not do it in style and throw your own Halloween party? Which of course, has to be fancy dress.

Spooky Halloween decorations

The first thing you need to consider is the decorations. You'll be amazed at the range of accessories you can buy to put you in a spooky mood. From glow in the dark pumpkins to spray on cobwebs -- or you could even forget about the cleaning for a week and grow your own cobwebs!

Orange and black balloons are a quick and easy way to set the Halloween mood and if you want something a bit more special why not decorate with some creepy Halloween balloons.

But no Halloween decorations would be complete without the obligatory pumpkin. They're surprisingly easy to carve, just spoon out the pulp and seeds and carefully cut out eyes, nose and mouth with a sharp knife, taking care not to cut yourself.

Add a tea light and you're away.

Again, it's wise to follow sensible precautions when using naked flames, like keeping the pumpkin on a non-flammable surface and away from loose fabrics and young children. And never leave lighted candles unattended -- after all, the last thing you want is an early start to bonfire night.

Food to put you in the mood

Be creative with your party food. If it's a sit down meal, create a ghoulish menu, think worms and eyeballs for spaghetti and meatballs and you'll get the idea.

It's also amazing what a little bit of food coloring can achieve. Ever fancied dishing up green mash potatoes? Just don't blame me if your guests refuse to eat anything.

Dessert is the easiest course to turn deliciously devilish. Decorate fairy cakes with black icing and spider's webs, serve up jelly with floating eyeballs, drip blood red raspberry sauce over ice cream or you could even serve up a can of chocolate worms.

Imagine all the fun you could have with concocting spooky drinks.

Looking the part

As the host of the party your outfit needs to be given some careful thought. If you don't want to go to the expense of buying or hiring a fancy dress costume, then make your own.

Create the Thriller look by ripping apart your old clothes and adding a few dirty bandages (fake dirt, obviously). Alternatively, a pair of black leggings, a black leotard and some make-up will turn you into the purrrfect witch's cat. Failing that, dress in your normal party clothes and use some clever make-up, fake blood and a can of strong hairspray, to create that fashionable zombie effect.

For an inexpensive source of old or weird clothing, visit your local charity shop. You'll be amazed at some of the gems you'll find.

So there you go, from decorating your house with Halloween balloons to food and dressing up tips, you have everything you need to throw the perfect Halloween party. Just one last piece of advice - don't forget the treats for the little monsters who'll come knocking at the door, or you could end up with a tricky problem.

Have fun.

Sophie Baxter lives in the UK with her husband and two children. She runs and online shop that sells helium balloons, teddy bear gifts and chocolates.

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