I LOVE Halloween. That said, black cats with arched backs and a black and orange colour scheme don't really do it for me. What I love about Halloween is the celebration of all things weird, goulish and downright creepy. And like any Halloween lover I've been to a fair few Halloween parties in my time (the more cornflour, water and red food colouring the better), so I thought it might be fun to share my ideas for a legendary Halloween party.
Yes it’s easy to go a bit potty over Halloween, but my theory is that holding a fun, themed party doesn’t have to break the bank.
No Halloween party would be complete without the obligatory fancy dress. Vampires, skeletons and witches are great, but there are so many options to explore, why not think outside the box like these people did:
Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds | Alien | cereal killer | Lichtenstein | women's eyes
Alternatively, why not put a twist on an old favourite? Instead of a regular zombie, why not be a zombie celebrity for example? This infographic on the top female costumes of 2013 might inspire a few ideas on the different themes you could go with.
Some of my favourite Halloween costumes over the years over the years have included:
- Alex from Clockwork Orange (complete with cod piece and fake eyelashes)
- The Corpse Bride
- Marion from Psycho (comfortably padding around in a bath towel and slippers)
- Dead Amy Winehouse (before she really died, so not in poor taste at the time)
- A butcher
If money’s an issue, do as I did once and backcomb your hair to high heaven, slap on some green face paint, red lip liner for eyeliner, a cheap white dress and make fake blood using corn flour, red food colouring and water. Fill up your mouth, spit it all over yourself and voila. A zombie! Or else you could buy your outfit online and reap up the reward of a free wine voucher in the process!
For me, the challenge is creating something that looks icky but still edible. Anything that too closely resembles brains, maggots or worms might be given a wide berth (unless you have seriously adventurous friends). A quick hunt on the web will track down all sorts of spooky recipes, many of which involve standard ingredients with a twist on the presentation. Here are some ideas:
Graveyard dip | vomit guacamole | scary fruit | vampire blood lollipops | eggs of newt | ribs
Now I think the context of a party is just as important as the outfit. A few ‘ vampires’ milling around a room is just that: vampires in a room. But what about a spooky cellar, a haunted house or a dingy swamp? Here are some ideas I love for sprucing up your surroundings:
Chicken mesh ghost | scary hands | cobwebs | blood bath | Jack O lanterns | creepy cloth