How to have a great Halloween at home

Tuesday 27th October, 2020

Our Halloween celebrations might look a little different this year but there are plenty ways to enjoy this favourite spooky date in our calendar from the comfort of your own home.

While families and children are being urged to avoid guising this year, here are our top ideas for how you can create a frighteningly fabulous Halloween at home this year:

Decorate your house

Having Halloween at home is the perfect excuse to go all out by transforming your home into a real-life haunted house.

From cobweb wreaths and spider gardens to paper bat garlands and tissue ghosts there are plenty of cheap and cheerful ways to create a spooky atmosphere to mark the occasion

You can find loads of inspiration and ideas here: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g421/halloween-decorating-ideas/

Play Halloween games

It’s just not Halloween without some frightfully fun family games.

Why not have a bobbing for apples competition, blindfolded pin the spider on the cobweb or compete with each other in a mummy wrap time challenge for some easy, quick games for everyone to enjoy?

For some Halloween-fun game ideas check out this link: https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2016/09/halloween-games-for-kids.html

Have a Halloween-themed meal

Make mealtime part of the fun by giving it a scary twist. There’s plenty of choice for Halloween treats whether you decide to make them yourself or order in.

Why not try your hand at making some pastry snakes, Halloween nachos or you could use your leftover pumpkin to make some delicious pumpkin hummus?

There are loads or spooky sweet and savoury treats to choose from – for more ideas and recipes click here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/halloween-recipes.

If you’d rather order something instead then check out some of our fantastic local businesses that are putting a Halloween twist on their usual menu. Cloud 9 deli is offering Halloween Afternoon Tea platters available from 26-31 October. While Taste Buds will be offering pumpkin soup and Halloween-themed cakes for you to enjoy. Brew is also offering seasonal baked goods (a mix of gluten free and vegan options) and 5 seasonal syrups (Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Caramel, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Spiced Scone and Maple Spice) – these can be added to any drink.

Halloween cakes

Halloween dance party

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t have a Halloween Dance Party. Turn the lights down low, put on your costumes and bust your best moves to some of these top Halloween tunes:

  • Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett
  • Black Magic Woman – Santana
  • Highway to Hell – AC/DC
  • You’re the Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley
  • Season of the Witch – Donovan
  • The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • Teeth – Lady Gaga
  • Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
  • Zombie – The Cranberries

If you’re looking for a ready-made Halloween playlist click here.

Have a spooky movie marathon

It’s just not Halloween without a scary movie or two – why not make it a marathon Halloween movie night with some of these family-friendly picks:

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Goosebumps
  • Coco
  • The Addams Family
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Witches
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • The Nightmare before Christmas
  • Harry Potter
  • Beetlejuice

You’ll find loads more movie-marathon ideas here.

For movies to give the adults a scare this Halloween click here.

Halloween Stories

It’s just not Halloween without sharing some scary stories. Check out some of these spooky stories for some family fun.

Renfrewshire Libraries – Kids & Teens – Fright Night! Spooky Tales for Halloween

Bookbug online sessions

Halloween picture book suggestions

Or grab a torch, make a den and make up your own spooky stories for some family fun in the dark!

Halloween might look different this year but that’s not to say we can’t all still have a great time!

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