Getting Spooked For Halloween

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It’s 31st October and this year you want to host a Halloween party. Just use the following guide to make sure it all goes spookily well!

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Choosing a theme is easy as your colours are already selected for you in vibrant shades of orange and black. The clever part is coordinating all the costumes, food and drink to go with them. Try to remember that not everyone will want to come in full Halloween costume so include disguises just for the face! This gives opportunities to wear just a simple cap or witches hat, or face painting for those that are happy to cover their faces completely.

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If you go for the full costume experience, you could suggest themes of styles of the era (50’s, 60’s etc), cartoon characters and monsters, gothic and vampire or witch and scary! Couples could dress as pairs or even as animals. The choice is endless.

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Make the invitations fun by writing them on black cards cut into the shape of masks, and using metallic pens to keep to the black and orange theme. Hand deliver them to save postage and remember to ask for a reply so that you know how many to cater for. If you’ve got an open ended budget you could order custom made invitations. If you’re crafty you could even make invitations shaped as pumpkins or ghosts.

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Decorations for a Halloween party can be simple and effective. Streamers come in black and orange as do candles and tableware. Make centrepieces of witches hats and pumpkins and put extra balloons on sticks. Make your house haunted by adding pretend cobwebs alongside ghosts that float and hanging bats and spiders that glow in the dark. Glow in the dark spray is perfect for coating fireplaces and tables. Use candles and glow in the dark skeletons in the bathroom!

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If you’re on a budget think of the costs of food and drink first as they’ll be the most expensive. Stick to the basics and you’ll manage. It’s really easy to make buffet foods such as cheesy stuffed witch’s hats and salsa dips, alongside brews and punches of orange with candy worms added for effect. Chocolate liqueurs topped off with frothy coconut milk look haunted and can be finished off with skull and crossbones picks. Baking accessories come in all colours so add black sugar sprinkles and orange icing to cakes. If you prefer to go wild and prepare the most scariest treats, take a look at the ultimate collections of creepy, gross and ghoulish Halloween recipes online.

How to Break The Ice Amongst Your Guests

If you’re inviting guests who don’t know each other, a great way to introduce them is to play Halloween games. Costume and pumpkin decorating contests are wonderful icebreakers and musical caps and pass the pretzel are always popular choices.

After your party has been the best ever, and you can easily tell that. If it was, you will definitely need to hire professionals to help with all the clearing and cleaning up. Last year I booked carpet cleaners in London and they did all the hard work, leaving me to bask in the happy memories of the night before!