Halloween is perfect for the whole family. Not only is this a chance to get dressed in supernatural costumes and collect sweet treats from neighbours down the road, but it is also the perfect opportunity to invite your loved ones over for a spooktacular celebration.
Here, we’ll look at how you can give your nearest and dearest a spook-filled night to remember!
Dress codes to make the weak-hearted scream
It’s no secret that finding something to wear is one of the most stressful things about attending a party. By setting a dress code, you’re removing this element for those you invite to share this special occasion. This could be as simple as going for a Halloween theme, but you could be as specific as you like. Why not encourage people to dress as their favourite on-screen vampire? Or set a group costume for your friends to dress as a full coven of witches!
To get everyone on board with your fancy-dress-themed party, you can offer a prize to the best-dressed person who attends. Everyone could get the chance to vote for their favourite costume before the end of the night. Whether you gift the winner an extra bag of chocolates or the fright of their lives is completely up to you…
Treat your guests to truly terrifying decorations
You can’t have a celebration without decorations. You can never have too many plastic skeletons, cotton spiderwebs, and other terrifying knickknacks at your party. Scatter these around your house and transform the space into an otherworldly location straight from a nightmare. Perfect!
Why stop there? You could even decorate each room in your home different from the next. Take your guests on a terrifying journey through your haunted house, walking through vampire lairs, spider nests, and zombie apocalypses. The world is your oyster!
Create delicious drinks to make your guests squirm
Once your guests have explored the haunted house, they’ll be gasping for a refreshing beverage. To quench their bloodthirsty appetite, you can create your own delicious drinks in large batches. Here is an alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktail recipe to try for yourself.
Everyone will want a glass Witch’s Brew. Spooky and sophisticated, this cocktail is subtly sweet with a sharp edge of citrus vodka. To make twelve:
- 80ml citrus vodka
- 400ml raspberry liqueur
- 400ml fresh lemon juice
- 200g frozen mixed berries
- 240ml water
- 80g caster sugar
- Garnish with a sprinkle of edible glitter
- Start by pouring water, frozen berries, and caster sugar into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer on a medium heat for three to four minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Add the fruit mixture, fresh lemon juice, raspberry liqueur, and citrus vodka into a large jug. Sprinkle the edible glitter and stir until fully combined.
- Place the jug in the fridge for at least four hours. Once the cocktail mixture has cooled, pour into martini glasses and enjoy!
Dracula’s Blood Punch
It’s always a good idea to provide a non-alcoholic option for those not wanting to drink alcohol. Dracula’s Blood Punch is the perfect alternative for thrill seekers. To make twelve:
- 1.5 litres of cherry, cranberry, or pomegranate juice
- 500ml of Fentimans fiery ginger beer
- The fragrant zest of three oranges
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 10 spicy cloves
- 6 slices of fresh ginger
- Garnish with sweet vampire fang treats
- Start by adding the fruit juice, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and fresh ginger into a saucepan. Gently simmer for five minutes on medium heat. Set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, pour into a large jug along with the fiery ginger beer and allow to chill in the fridge for at least four hours.
- Then you can pour into small glasses, garnish with vampire fang sweets, and enjoy.
Don’t forget about the dead finger snacks
You can’t have a party without snacks. Plus, you can also make spooky-themed nibbles to stay in the Halloween spirit. Try this easy recipe, which will go down a treat whether you’re a natural in the kitchen or scream when you see a spatula.
Toxic Salted Caramel Apples
Caramel apples are a staple during the colder months. You can make your own with a toxic spin using white chocolate and green food colouring. To make six treats:
- 6 small apples
- 250ml maple syrup
- 125ml honey
- 200ml heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- 100g white chocolate
- 3 drops of green food colouring
- A sprinkle of flaky sea salt
- Start by placing your apples on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Insert wooden sticks into the core of the apples and set to one side.
- Add the maple syrup, honey, and cream into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10–12 minutes until the mixture turns into caramel.
- Remove the caramel from the heat, stir in the sea salt and vanilla bean powder, and transfer into a heat-proof bowl.
- While the caramel is still hot, dip the apples into the mixture and spin them until coated. (If the mixture becomes too cool, you can heat it up for 10 seconds in the microwave). Set to one side while the caramel hardens.
- In a separate bowl, melt white chocolate with 3 drops of green food colouring. When the caramel apples are ready you can drizzle the green chocolate on top.
- Allow the chocolate to set, sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and enjoy!
Halloween might be full of frights, but it’s also a great time to make memories with the people closest to you. So whether you’re excited to enjoy spooky snacks or dance to chilling music throughout the evening, you’ll definitely have a good time.