Halloween

Halloween 

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So Halloween is creeping up on us, how and where do you make a start?

Well let us help you with some top tips from experts in this field.

The first being the costumes, there are some fantastic ones out their this year, most of the supermarkets have theirs in stock, but this year for me it has to be the H and M collection. A collection for all ages, (3 months + to adults sizes) from full on outfits to discreet accessories, fashion and makeup, the choice is yours for how bold you want to go, there are even a few outfits that arn’t so Halloweeny, so something for everyone! Good quality and fantastically priced,  from £2.99-£17.99 so something to suit most people’s budget. Here are a few of our favourites.

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Pumpkins

Now this year there are some great ideas out there, especially the rainbow marbled effect theme pumpkins. But how about a great display like this…. easily done with a bit of metallic spray paint, and looks seriously effective. A fantastic top tip by Ladyland is instead of chopping the top of the pumpkin off and scooping the inners out from here, chop the bottom off and use the pumpkin as a lid, this way the top won’t cave in or the lid keep falling into the pumpkin on top of the candle! Genius hey, she has plenty more top tips too! 

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If you are local how about popping down to Castle Farm or Pumpkin Moon to purchase your amazing pumpkin variations.

If you are hosting your own Halloween party, then Dazzle and Fizz have some great top tips. Starting off with making sure as soon as your guests enter that they realise Halloween is upon them, pumpkins and decorations down the drive on the doorstep, Halloween music as they enter, hanging spiders, cobwebs, with the odd skeleton hanging down thrown in too. The toilet is alway’s a good place to hang some bats to get to get your guests into the ghoulish mood.

Decor, many supermarkets, poundstore and bargain stores all have decorations on their shelves for Halloween now, but an easy way to decorate is by having balloons, cheap and easy to set up, plus children love a balloon and then there’s something for them to take home.

If you are catering for your guests, most supermarkets have a ‘halloween’ range of crisps/snacks and cakes  but do check out this link by So Yummy for some seriously good food ideas, get the children to help make them, it will keep them amused too.

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Some of our household favourites are layering various jelly flavours, and within the layers putting in plastic bugs and spiders that the children have to put their hands into to get out. Another variation is using baked beans and spaghetti hoops with plastic spiders mixed in that they are to find, or even better blindfold the children and they have to guess what their hands are going into i.e baked beans, shaving foam, jelly, custard, sand and feathers, just to name a few.

Musical statues with spooky music is a good one to keep them entertained too along with pass the parcel, all wrapped in black and orange tissue paper and newspaper, with glitter and slimy options as the prizes.

Tattoos are a good way for the children to be entertained – well for a few minutes at least!

A big thanks to Mother’s Meeting, H&MKids, Ladyland and Dazzle and Fizz for their Halloween ideas

whatever you decide to do over Halloween we hope you have a freaky fun time.

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Helen Manchip

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