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How to plan a spooky night in…

Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, so that means Halloween Eve is the Saturday! Perfect for having your spooky night in.

Step 1: Gather supplies

Preparation is key. You can use this checklist to make sure you’ve got everything you need:

  • Candy – buckets and buckets of it
  • Pumpkins and candles
  • Makeup/face paint
  • Ingredients to make some spooky snacks
  • Decorations
  • Costumes – what are you going to dress up as this year?

Step 2: Go all out with the decorations

Where to start? First things first, set a budget. If you’ve got the option to go wild then there are lots of things to choose from – so picking a theme might help. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Banners
  • String lights
  • Fake gravestones
  • Skeleton
  • Witches’ hats/boots/cauldron
  • Spider webs
  • Lanterns
  • Coffin
  • Skulls
  • Spiders

If you’re not looking to spend a lot you could always make some decorations: paper bats flying up the stairs, yarn spiderwebs hanging from the walls, or a cheesecloth ghost hovering in the middle of the table. You can even spookify the cutlery by using orange paper plates for pumpkins or adding spiders’ legs to black ones.

Step 3: Get ready

Once the house is decorated and all the supplies are in – it’s time to get ready. Whether you choose to get spooked up on your own or all get together, this is one of the most fun parts of the evening. Why not do each other’s makeup? Then comes the costumes and you’re set for the evening.

Step 4: Let the activities begin…

Pumpkin carving competition – then you can put candles in them and add to the decorations.

Baking: the best thing about Halloween is the treats, so get baking! Cookies are always a good option as they are quite easy to make but still look amazing. There are lots of recipes to choose from, click here for some inspo. Or you could make some cupcakes, but bear in mind these take a little longer, click here for some ideas.

Play games: hide and seek, pin the spider on the web, apple bobbing, wrap the mummy….

Take turns to tell a ghost story. Sit in the dark and whoever is telling the story use a torch as a spotlight by holding it under your chin.

Get masking! Our masks are perfect for chilling out after all the activities, a few even fit with the Halloween theme: black peel off, tea tree and witch hazel, citrus peel off or even our hand and foot masks can add to your costume!

Watch a scary movie before bed, sounds like a great idea!

Most importantly – have a fab time!

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