I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed with all things USA – whether it’s trends, culture, accent, geography – I’m there. But one of the biggest things I’m obsessed with from across the pond is Fall and all the celebrations that go with it. Americans do an amazing job at Halloween, more so than I think we ever dare to. It’s creative, it’s over-the-top and it’s brilliant fun for kids. I was lucky enough a few years ago to work with another company who were planning a big Halloween party for an international bank and their employees children. We decorated a huge medieval hall with spooky green uplighters, miniature white pumpkins and witches hats suspended from the ceiling as if floating all by themselves!
Kids were entertained by a Dracula children’s entertainer, a decorate-your-own cookie competition and a mobile disco. It was spectacular. We also decorated huge pumpkins with cartoon faces for a fun entranceway!
Play With Your Food
Jazz up the buffet table by theming the food around the season – candy apples, ghostly marshmallows and zombie gingerbread men. These cute spiderweb cupcake wrappers will work a treat! But remember not to just focus on the sweets – Halloween is a brilliant opportunity to dress up fruit and veg to entice even the fussiest eaters!
A Little Healthy Competition
Get everyone in on the action by hosting a competition for best costume or best pumpkin decorating. And don’t forget to giveaway a fun prize!
Get Specific with Your Theming
Halloween is easy to do with a few cobwebs and witches brooms, but if you really want to make it special, consider a specific Halloween theme to set your party apart. Party Pieces have some quirky new Day of the Dead Mexican themed tableware which you don’t often see at your average event. Colourful and fun but still the right amount of spook!
Sights and Sounds
If your house doesn’t come with it’s own ghosts, get a CD of eerie Halloween background noises, or a playlist of tunes like Monster Mash and Ghostbusters to really set the mood!
Plan For All Ages
If you’re planning a kids Halloween party, it’s inevitable there will be at least a handful of chaperones. Make sure there’s something fun for the grown-ups to do too!
If you know you’re going to have a mix of all ages, ensure you have a good mix of age-appropriate activities and games. Face-painting for the younger kids, and for the older kids maybe a Halloween ‘feel box’ where they have to guess whether they are putting their hand in a bowl of eyeballs (peeled grapes) or tongues (dried apricots)!
Capture the Moment
Set up a fun themed DIY photobooth in a corner with a backdrop of ghosts, cobwebs and and paper bats! Get everyone to pull their best scary faces!