According to somewhat surprising stats just out, Halloween spending set is to increase by 5% to £420million this this year.
Last year, half of us Brits (52%) splashed some cash on it – rising to 77% of millennials and 85% of parents of under-fives.
With this in mind, we’ve come up with some bloodcurdlingly brilliant ways to hold a Halloween bash – and they aren’t frighteningly expensive.
Dead good decorations
Set the spookiest of scenes with some hair-raising Halloween decorations. Home Bargains, B&M and Wilko have some top bargains on offer, as does Poundworld – with prices starting at just £1. And let’s not forget Aldi, which hit the headlines again recently with its special spooky seasonal range that starts at 89p. Well worth a taking a look.
Dressing up costumes to suit all tastes and budgets have been in stores and online for weeks now. Asda prices start at £5 and Tu at Sainsbury’s has 50 to choose from ranging from £3.50 to £13. Here’s a round-up of some of the best out there.
For those wanting to make a more subtle scary statement, try Primark’s Ice Queen Gems for just £2. And if you’re feeling creative and looking to DIY dress-up, here’s a great round-up of quick and easy costumes to make at home.
And remember to Look on Facebook selling pages. Most people only wear their Halloween costume once and want something different the year after, so there is plenty of choice out there. Or why not swap with friends?
Terrifyingly tasty party food
There are lots of cheap and easy Halloween recipes and ideas available online – like these Severed Finger Hotdogs, satsuma pumpkins, ghost bananas and devils’ eyes.
For those of us not keen to serving up DIY dishes, there is lots of pre-prepared Halloween party food, all supermarkets have ranges of seasonal special buys in store. For those who like their food spicy, Morrisons is selling a super-hot Halloween pizza that’s 200 hotter than a jalapeno. Fancy it?
And Asda has launched a Monster Meltdown Pizza made with a BBQ flavoured “black slime” base and ghost-shaped cheddar cheese. At 10-inches, it costs £2.30 – just 39p per slice if you cut it six ways.
Halloween inspired games
Apple bobbing, doughnut on a string and the chocolate game are just a few fun party games that can be enjoyed without breaking the bank this Halloween. More importantly, they’re guaranteed to go down a scream.
Have a specially Halloween ‘yucky dip’ – something that the children area always more than happy to help set up. Fill a bucket with jelly, mix in lots of well wrapped sweets, then sprinkle lots of plastic and sticky bugs and spiders all over the top. Children take it in turn to delve into the bucket until they have found a prize.
There are more ideas here to help your Halloween party go with a swing.
Halloween pumpkin carving
It’s just not Halloween without some serious pumpkin carving. As well as being a cost-effective way to get the kids in to the seasonal spirit, they make great decorations too.
Here’s a guide to getting started and if you’re in need of pumpkin inspiration, look no further than some of these disturbing designs. And for the best deals and where to pick up a pumpkin, take a look here.
Create a hair-raising Halloween party mood with the most petrifying playlist.
Depending on whether it’s a party for the little horrors or an altogether more adult affair, there’s some great musical inspiration to be found online.