I was never really a fan of Halloween, mainly because it wasn’t something we did growing up. We weren’t into the whole trick or treating and I even remember my parents blacking out the door window when I was in my teens pretending not to be home when they came knocking at the door.
I’m sure they opened it when I was younger but to be honest I really don’t remember.
Now I have my own children my mind has certainly been changed, a little, I’m still not keen on trick or treating however they have been out with their Dad and Uncle to do it and they really love dressing up and opening the door to all the kids who come here.
For me, I think Halloween parties are the way forward. No knocking at random houses and worrying whether they are happy to have children turning up, no wandering around in the dark and it’s far warmer indoors!
I love nothing better than planning a party from choosing the theme, making the food and making up party bags for all. With Halloween just around the corner the Personalised Gifts Shop have taken the hassle out of it all by creating an easy to pull off party planning list.
Starting with a check list of things to make for a happy family Halloween.
My kids love decorating Pumpkins in preparation for Halloween, I hate preparing the Pumpkins ready for the kids. Every year I vow to leave this job to Paul but I always end up doing it anyway.
This year I plan to take the kids over to Willows Farm where they can pick their own. It’s something I have wanted to do every year but time escapes us and by the time I remember there are none left.
Of course the kids are too young to carve their own designs, instead I let them draw their own designs with a pen and I carve it for them. We also use metal cookie cutters to make shapes with ease. This year I may let the kids paint them instead of going to all that hassle – and I can even get away with not having to scoop out the insides too!
To get into the ‘spirit’ (sorry it had to be done) you can plan a weeks worth of family Halloween type movies:
- Hocus Pocus
- The Witches
- The Addams Family
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Corpse Bride
- Hotel Transylvania
- Harry Potter
Party games for Halloween:
- Pin the spider on the web
- Apple bobbin
- Halloween style Bingo
- Ghost Skittles – we made toilet roll snowman skittles which could easily be adapted to become ghosts
- Treasure hunt
- Mummies – use toilet rolls and team up to wrap one team member up as a mummy.
- For other ideas, head over to My Life and Kids who has a list of 30 awesome Halloween games for kids.
Halloween music playlist:
- Monster Mash
- Dem Bones
- I put a spell on you
- Addams Family
- Time Warp
- I want candy
Decorating the house
You could either go with not dusting for a few months at a time or there are loads of shops which sell webs, skeletons, ghosts and Halloween decorations. Poundland or similar stores often have very cheap ideas and you could easily decorate the house for a tenner!
You could also make your own if you felt inclined. We love to make PomPom spiders and hang around the house – see how to make your own here.