5 Great Ideas To Make Your Halloween Fun
Halloween has become more and more popular in Australia over the years due to its creative costumes and oodles of delicious goodies.
It’s not just the Americans who are getting in on the fun, as people all across Australia are getting into the spirit of October 31st. You can too if you add these five ideas and escape into the magic that is Halloween.
1. Dressing Up
This is by far the most popular feature of Halloween. Trick or treating may be an activity for the kids, but dressing up in a variety of scary costumes or a celebrity look-a-like kit, which is something enjoyed by young and old.
There are three styles of costume that you could try:
- Traditional Scary
- Popular Movie
Traditional Scary costumes resemble the old familiar monsters that you may remember from primary school:
- The Ghost
- The Witch
- The Vampire/Dracula
- Frankenstein’s Monster
These costumes take little effort to create and they can be made from inexpensive items around the house. Grab a broom for the Witch, a bed sheet for the Ghost or glue some old bolts to your neck for the Frankenstein look, and presto! Your already half way to becoming your all time favourite monster.
Celebrity costumes are a great conversation starter as they usually provide quite a laugh. Take this opportunity to wear all the kooky clothing that your favourite celebrity is famous for, or learn what it’s like to be Brad Pitt for just one night.
Popular movies are a great inspiration for up to date interesting costumes and, best of all, most of the creative work has been done for you. Turn to film characters and dress up as your favourite character, monster, super hero or villain – the possibilities are practically endless.
2. Make Crazy Halloween Food
Designing treats and meals with the essence of Halloween is sure to make cooking and meal times fun for all the family.
There are many recipes and ideas for you to try on the web, in the meantime check out these crazy green sludge spiders courtesy of www.taste.com.au
Green Sludge Spider:
- Vanilla ice-cream
- Lime green soft drink
- Mixed Snakes lollies
Place two scoops of the ice cream into a tall glass and fill with the lime soft drink (be careful as the soft drink and ice cream combination will create a lot of fizzy froth to appear, so pour slowly). Arrange the Snakes so that they hang around the lip of the cup and voila! You now have a delicious and easy to make Halloween treat for the family.
3. Halloween Games & Pranks
This is the one time of year where you can get away with playing games or scaring your friends without loosing them in the process.
Games are a great way to really get into the spirit and break the ice at parties.
Why not try out:
- Bobbing for Apples: Fill a large bucket with water and add a few apples. Contestants need to get as many apples as they can in a short amount of time using only their mouths. Sounds easy? Well, it isn’t!
- Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Hide little Halloween toys and treats around your house and have your kids run around to see how many they can find in a day. Be creative with the places you hide your prizes, as it will make them all the more rewarding to find.
- Unwrap the Mummy: Dress up one of your friends as a the Halloween classic Egyptian Mummy and hold a contest where people need to guess how many bandages it took to cover them. The person who guesses the closest will win a prize. Make it even more fun and have the Mummy wear some kind of funny costume underneath the bandages to really surprise your friends.
- Pin the Arm on Frankenstein: Remodel the old party classic “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” with a scary Halloween twist. Have your guest blindfolded as they attempt to pin the arms back on ol’ Frank. You can do this with a number of different characters to suit children or provide a more adult theme.
- The Living Statue: Scare the pants off your friends by dressing up as a human statue in your house. Pretend to be part of the Halloween decoration or furniture and when your guests aren’t ready, jump out and surprise them. Be careful who you choose to play this prank on, as you don’t want to be giving anyone a heart attack.
4. Pumpkin Carving
What says Halloween better than a carved out pumpkin? That’s right, nothing!
Carving out a Pumpkin can be an enjoyable experience to share with your family. There are many instructional tips online to help you carve out some really cool and scary pumpkin faces.
Adding these around your house will help get everyone into the Halloween spirit, and best of all, you can eat them when you’re done – talk about killing two birds with one stone.
5. Get Crazy with a Halloween Party
Now it’s time to put all of these ideas together and throw your very own Halloween shindig.
You can choose to throw a party for the kids, for your family or to get wild and crazy with your friends.
Add all of the ideas listed earlier to make this a night fun that people will be talking about for years to come.
Choose music to fit in with the spirit like:
- Thriller – Michael Jackson
- This is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
- Highway to Hell – AC/DC
- Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
- Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
Renting out a karaoke machine and belting out a few verses with your friends will really help boost the fun – have you ever seen a man dressed as a banana Moonwalk while singing Thriller? Well, now’s your chance!
If you don’t feel like hosting a Halloween party yourself this year, why not let someone else do it for you? Many of our restaurants around Australia are also getting into the spirit by hosting special events and Halloween themed nights packed with food, fun and entertainment. Call your local Hog’s Breath and find out if they will be hosting an event near you.