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Here are a few ideas to help make your Halloween party the best ever.
Download the following tracks from iTunes : Monster Mash, Adams Family, Ghostbusters, Bump in the night, Thriller, Time Warp.
You can also get sound effects such as spooky laughter, goblin, footsteps, screams, wolves howling, thunder claps. Play these between tracks or at appropriate moments during the party.
Buy Halloween decorations from the shops to put round the room. add to this by making your own too. It’s easy to cut out the shapes of black cats, spiders and ghosts from card. Find someone who is a little bit artistic to draw the outlines for you. Cut them out and stick them to the walls or hang them from the ceiling. Try and find some luminous paint and make up some spooky eyes and monster faces. Paint them and put them on doors and walls so that they will glow in the dark.
Balloons always add to the party atmosphere. Use mainly black with some red ones amongst them. Orange is also a Halloween colour or white for ghosts. Use a black felt tip pen to draw eyes, mouths, scars etc on the balloons for added effect.
Ask your friends if they have any black material to drape over furniture or put over things which you want to hide ie notice boards in a community centre or church hall. Use old pillow cases or white sheets to make the outlines of ghosts.
Make spiders out of pipe cleaners and hang these from the ceiling so that people walk into them in the dark.
Have appropriate room lighting. Use coloured light bulbs instead of white ones to give an eery lighting effect.
Here are a few to try:
Each team has a roll of toilet paper. They have to wrap one person in it to look like a mummy. The first team to make a mummy is the winner or allow a set time and give a prize for the best mummy.
Eye and Spoon Race
Like an egg and spoon race but instead of an egg you give each team a ping pong ball with an eye drawn on it.
Set up a mini treasure hunt but instead of looking for treasure they have to find the ghost. Make a small cut out ghost from white card and hide it. Have spooky clues and signs set up for the searchers to follow. Make it more exciting by including a few dead ends ( pun ).
Apple on a string
Suspend and apple from the ceiling for each player. The apples should be above head height but within mouth reach. The winner is the first one to munch their apple without using their hands.
Players sit in a circle. One person begins telling a horror story but can only say one sentence. The next person carries the story on. Each person tries to make the story as scary as possible by adding to what has gone before. Keep going until someone says THE END!
Halloween Party Food
A quick search on Google will bring up loads of web sites with amazing recipes for Halloween party food. With a little it of imagination even ordinary food can be adapted to make it ghoulish. Put name cards out or have little signs on cocktail sticks describing what’s in each drink or plate of food ie mouldy sandwiches, blood juice, coffin crisps, devil meat sausages.
Cut shapes out of vegetables and fruit to make eyes and legs to dress up the food so that it looks like a spider or creepy crawly or monster face.
Mix up your own cocktail of juices and call it a “Monster Brew ” drink if you dare!
Don’t forget the Toffee Apples!
Finally, don’t forget to have a prize for the best Halloween costume and why invite people to bring along a turnip or a pumpkin and have a best pumpkin competition.
Halloween Face Painting
For best results hire a professional face painter. For simpler faces you can do it yourself but if you want something really good then check out the face painting pictures in our gallery.
Have a great Halloween!