Time to scare yourself silly (or just have a terrifyingly good time)
Whether you’re a Halloween hardcore fan or just gearing up for Christmastime, there’s no denying the fun of the festive fright. For those who are over the parties and going out, we’ve got you covered with the most spine-chilling Halloween at home ideas for a spooktacular night.
1. Carve Pumpkins
What a classic Halloween activity that people of all ages can enjoy. You can buy pumpkins from most supermarkets and greengrocers. However, if you prefer to handpick your seasonal squash, take a look at these 15 of the best pumpkin patches to visit.
Once you have your pumpkin, you can either carve it into a traditional jack-o’-lantern or get creative with your own designs. There are plenty of templates and ideas available online.
2. Decorate Your Home
Get the whole family involved in decorating your home for Halloween. You can use your carved pumpkins, orange and black paper chains, cut out ghosts and bats, or hang up cobwebs and spiders. You can also buy Halloween decorations from most shops.
3. Make Your Own Costumes
If you’re feeling creative, you can make your own Halloween costumes. Plenty of ideas are available online, or you can come up with your own design. If you’re unsure how to get started, there are also many costume kits available to buy.
It’s also a good idea to invite your friends and neighbours over for a Halloween costume party. You can have a costume contest, play Halloween games, and watch scary movies.
4. Playing Games
There are many different Halloween games that you can play at home. Some popular games include apple bobbing, pin the tail on the donkey, and mummy wrapping. You can also find many Halloween-themed board games and card games.
To keep the kids entertained, hide some Halloween-themed items, candy or small prizes around your house and garden, and have them go on a treasure hunt to find them. You can challenge the scavengers by writing clues for them to follow.
5. Put On Horror Movies
Curl up on the couch with some popcorn and watch a scary movie. There are many different Halloween-themed movies to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that everyone will enjoy.
From horror film classics such as The Exorcist (1973) and Poltergeist (1982) to gothic romances such as Edward Scissorhands (1990), there’s so many fantastic movies to set your mood right.
For a post-modern take on portmanteau horror, Ghost Stories (2017) starring Martin Freeman is a good watch filled with well thought out jumpscares.
6. Tell Ghost Stories
Gather the family around the campfire or in the living room and tell some ghost stories. If you’re not sure of any good ghost stories, you can find plenty of them online or in books.
We recommend Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz for children, or The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1983) and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2002) for adults.
7. Have A Halloween Feast
Cook up a delicious Halloween-themed meal for your family and friends. You can make pumpkin soup, spider cookies, or even bat-shaped chicken nuggets.
If you’re into baking, ghoulish cupcakes, cookies or Barmbrack (Irish Halloween Bread) are perfect for the event. It’s also a good way to get the kids involved in a family activity. You can use food colouring to make the cookies orange and black, and you can decorate them with candy eyes, spiders, and other spooky decorations.
We hope that our top pick for Halloween at home ideas will bring you and your loved ones exciting and frightening experiences. May your night be chock-full of thrills and horrors!