Throw the ultimate homemade Halloween party!

Planning on throwing a Halloween bash this year, but don't have a huge budget? We've got loads of great tips to make your homemade party the spookiest, most entertaining soirée around!

 

Devilish decorations


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You don't need a whole load of dosh to transform your home into a terrifying haunted house - just make use of these common household items!

•  Pull apart cotton wool into long strings and hang it from doorframes, ceilings and mantelpieces as creepy cobwebs.

•  Cut eye shapes in empty toilet rolls and pop fairylights or glow sticks inside to make spooky glowing eyes.

•  Pin string to your wall in the shape of a spider's web, and add a cutout paper spider!

•  Drape white bedsheets over your furniture for a scary 'abandoned house' theme.

•  Cut out Halloween paper shapes (bats, cats, spooky faces) and stick them inside your lampshades to make frightening nightlights.

 

Fearsome food


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With just a few simple tricks you can turn your regular party food into a haunting feast for your guests.

•  Serve only red drinks (red wine, grape juice), and call your drinks table 'The Blood Bank'.

•  Cut slices in frankfurter sausages and put small pieces of onion on the ends, to make fingers. You could even add ketchup!

•  Turn regular chocolate cupcakes into spiders, by adding black liquorice legs!

•  A dollop of vanilla ice cream can become a scary eyeball with the simple addition of a berry as the pupil and a touch of strawberry sauce.

•  Take an ice cream cone. Turn it upside down on a plate, add some chocolate button eyes, and you have a witch with a cone hat!

 

Ghastly games


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Your party can only really get going if there are some cool games to play.

•  Apple bobbing is a classic - get a bowl of water, throw in some apples and try to fish them out with just your teeth.

•  Into performance? Lie down on a table with a bowl of cooked spaghetti on your stomach and cover yourself with a sheet. Invite guests to reach under the sheet and feel your intestines!

•  Forget the donkey and his tail! Instead cut out eyes, noses and mouths from black paper and pin them on a pumpkin, blindfolded.

•  Put sweets in your balloons, blow them up, and have guests throw darts at them to get at the goodies inside!

•  Give the classic game of charades a Halloween twist by only using horror books, movies and TV shows.

 

Spooky surpises


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Still need more cool ideas? Here are some extra surprises you can throw into the mix to make your party a real horror...

•  Have a scary story session. As you're telling your tale, get quieter and quieter until, right at the end, your friend jumps into the room and shouts, "Boo!"

•  Have a pet? Don't forget to get them involved! Dress your dog in a funny costume, or have your black cat walk across everybody's path.

•  Why not record yourself making spooky ghost noises and play it at the party to freak out your guests?

•  Get your hands on a brain-shaped jelly mould and make pink jelly in it, so you can all be brain-munching zombies!

•  Finish off your evening with your favourite scary movie and some popcorn (adult partygoers only!).

 

Happy Halloween! We hope your party decorations go down in Halloween history.