WITH ALEX GORTON
OF WEAR & WHERE
I love Halloween, which is funny because I hate horror movies, trick or treating or anything remotely frightening. I love family-friendly Halloweens because of the costumes, the decorations, the music, the pumpkins and the food. It’s a great excuse to throw a party and the easiest party theme ever!
Every year since my children have been small, we’ve thrown a non-scary family Halloween party involving music, dancing, great finger food, carved pumpkins and brilliant costumes. Last year we even went with a theme – Ghostbusters – and invited friends. It was so much fun, we’ll be doing the same this year and so with that in mind, I’ve picked out a few of my Halloween party essentials.
This part is so much fun! Firstly, you can’t have a Halloween party without pumpkins. You don’t have to be an expert carver as a simple face always looks brilliant. Simply chop off the top, scoop out the middle and with a pen draw your design on the outside before cutting it out carefully with a kitchen knife. Place a tea light in the middle and you have your very own pumpkin light. I also like making concertinas of paper ghosts, which can be strung up around the room, and bats or giant spiders made out of black card.
If you want your house to look Halloween-chic rather than Halloween-horror then use black tissue paper or streamers to make black flowers, and buy some long black candles to burn. You could even drape your furniture with white sheets to give it the old, haunted house feel! You can also buy plastic spiders, fake spider webs and mini-skulls from party shops if you want to turn your house into a real Halloween home!
1. Apple bobbing. I’m not sure if this is Halloween game, but it’s definitely the only time of year we play it!
2. A Halloween treasure hunt. Hide chocolate pumpkins around the house or in the garden and let them find them.
3. Musical statues (see soundtrack below).
4. Wrap the mummy. Get the kids to make a scary ‘mummy’ by wrapping an adult up in loo roll. They’ll love it, you might not like the mess!
FIVE OF THE BEST HALLOWEEN DISCO SONGS
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr
Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett
Timewarp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Halloween-themed food is easy to make and brilliantly effective. Start off by cutting the top half of a banana and making ghost faces using chocolates. Add drops of food colouring to drinks to make them red or black. Then serve sandwiches shaped as ghosts or as dead man’s fingers (just cut into rectangles, add an almond on the end as a nail and ketchup on the bottom as blood). Cupcakes can easily be made to resemble spiders using chocolate sticks as legs and smarties as eyes, whilst ice cream should be served as witches with smarties for eyes and upside down chocolate cones as hats!
Happy Halloween everyone!
IF YOU WANT YOUR HOUSE
TO LOOK HALLOWEEN-CHIC
RATHER THAN HALLOWEEN-HORROR,
USE BLACK TISSUE
PAPER OR STREAMERS
TO MAKE BLACK FLOWERS
AND BUY SOME LONG
BLACK CANDLES TO BURN.
With thanks to Alex Gorton of Wear & Where X