How to celebrate Halloween at home
Whether you are planning a Halloween party at home for your kids, throwing a bash for adults or just want to make sure your home looks the part for October 31 and the days leading up to it, here’s the Party Pieces guide to celebrating Halloween at home in a grand and ghoulish fashion. It’s packed with ideas for games, decorations, trick of treating and plenty more besides. Read on, if you dare…
Halloween game ideas
Games are essential for Halloween celebrations, and one of the easiest and most traditional ones to play at home is bobbing for apples. Put a load of apples in a bucket of water and then players take it in turns trying to grab one with just their mouths, and with their hands held firmly behind their backs!
A treasure hunt around the home or garden for homemade eyeballs (use ping pong balls) is another option, or you could let your kids get messy by hiding the eyeballs in slime or spaghetti for them to find while blindfolded. We’ve also got a ready to go Halloween Treasure Hunt kit if you want a little helping hand with the games.
Other options include adapting Pin the Tail on the Donkey to Pin the Nose on the Witch – get your kids to create a witch poster and nose for this. Young children will enjoy playing Halloween versions of popular party games: try musical chairs with appropriate tunes such as Monster Mash, Thriller and the Addams Family theme.
You can’t do Halloween without a pumpkin or two. Helping kids carve one is a fun activity to get stuck into. Once you’ve cut out the face for your pumpkin, get the little ones to cover it in glitter and plaster it with these Halloween stickers. Painting pumpkins is another fun way to make your Jack O’Lanterns stand out on your street. The main thing is to let their creativity run wild! For more DIY Halloween decoration tips, ideas and inspo, read our blog here.
Pumpkin carving and decorating ideas
Outdoor Halloween decoration ideas
Indoor Halloween decoration ideas
For your balloons, this bunch of Halloween Ghost, Bats & Marble Latex Balloons, these cobwebbed balloons and a Halloween Balloon Garland with Spider Webs and Bats will all put the frighteners on your guests.
Halloween dressing up
Halloween is a great excuse to get dressed up, so have a box of easy accessories at hand for your family and guests. We’ve got witches' hats, bat wing costumes and sunglasses, and black feather crowns, plus a variety of headbands including cat ears, glitter spiders and more. Capture all the fancy dress fun for posterity with our Halloween photo frame.
Creepy Halloween food ideas
Film fright night
Film night is always a guaranteed winner for a stay-at-home party. Pick a family friendly movie to settle down in front of. Hotel Transylvania 4, the latest film in the hugely popular series is released on Amazon Prime on October 8. The adaptation of Room on a Broom (iPlayer) would be a fun one to go for. For an all-time classic, ET (Amazon Prime) is the one to choose, and older kids will absolutely love the original Ghostbusters (Amazon Prime). You’ll need some popcorn, of course, and these Boo popcorn boxes will help make your Halloween at home one to remember for your little devils.Need more Halloween inspo? Read our blog listing our 10 favourite DIY decorations for October 31