Halloween with Carole Middleton

Get your little horrors shrieking with excitement and throw your spookiest Halloween party yet, says Carole Middleton

When it comes to having fun with party décor, no season is quite as fun as Halloween. From creepy craft critters hanging from the ceilings and doorways to a veritable feast of spooky themed treats, it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the autumn.

Give your party guests the chills on arrival by adorning your windows, pathways and doorstep with lit pumpkins (don’t forget to enhance their features with black felt tip pen). Also try magnetic spiders, creepy cobwebs and black gauze.

Halloween games are a perfect way to kick off the fun before the trick or treating begins. Of course, bobbing for apples is a traditional option – add a touch of red food colouring to the water to make it look like a blood bath. Or, for something different, try a spooky piñata filled with sweets, a treasure hunt trail, or ‘pin the face on the pumpkin’. You could even hold a fancy dress parade, with a prize for the winning costume.

The children will no doubt be enjoying lots of sweet treats, thanks to the neighbours, so why not create a savoury spread to counteract all that sugar? A hollowed-out loaf of poppy seed bread filled with spicy tomato dip makes a great ‘witches cauldron’, or try garlic dough balls made to look like eyeballs (with the addition of olives). You could also make your own toffee apples, or mini mandarin ‘pumpkins’ by drawing faces on the orange fruit using a black marker.

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