Hosting the perfect Halloween


Of course we are kicking off with my favourite section, décor Now when I say Halloween décor it may make you think of the outside of the home. While decorating the outside of your home is great, many don’t extend the theme inside. If you are hosting this Halloween, there are some great interior accessories available that can transform your home without breaking the bank or being at all tacky. Keeping the lights low and using lots of candle light will not only keep your home looking spooky but using Autumnal scented candles will be sure to impress your guests. Cute little buntings around the house mean that the children get to enjoy the theme inside while not being freaked out by hanging ghosts and zombies around the house! I know my youngest can be a bit unsure of some Halloween décor still, so keeping décor child friendly is important. I picked up all of these decorations from Wilko, they were a great price, many items are just £1 and I am sure these will be brought out year on year, the children love them!

Food and drink

The key to any great party, when we host for Halloween we try to keep it simple. Something warming in the slow cooker for after trick or treating makes for a crowd pleaser. We often serve hot dogs or witchy fingers for the kids and a warming chilli for the adults. If you have a Kilner drinks jar going unused because Pimms season is over, why not make up a spooky punch for the adults. We tend to buy paper plates and cups in a Halloween theme because the kids love it, it also it makes for an easy hosting and fuss free experience, meaning you can spend more time with your guests (drinking punch) than washing up. These adorable plates and cups are from Wilko and the children can’t wait to use them.

Keeping the children entertained

Of course the children are occupied with trick or treating, but this only keeps them busy outside the house and for a limited amount of time. Make sure you have a few tricks up your sleeve! A trick or treat table is a great way to keep them busy, simply make up some boxes of gross textures like jelly or custard and get the kids to pull out either a treat (sweeties or toys) or a trick (empty sweet packets or a sprout). If you don’t fancy dealing with messy games then keeping the kids happy with these doodle mats from Eat Sleep Doodle is sure to be a winner. These fantastic frame mats are fully washable so they can be used again and again, a feature that I love. The children do a lot of drawing so these are a great way to encourage their imaginative learning in a fun and re useable way. The children have loved doodling some spooky pictures on them this October and we will be cracking them out for the little ones and their friends to play with this Halloween. They keep the children entertained for ages which is perfect when you are entertaining guests. Eat Sleep Doodle have a huge range of beautifully designed textile and stationary products. These also make a great and unusual gift, you can even have your Eat Sleep Doodle product wrapped in colouring in wrapping paper which I think is a great touch! Check out their incredible range here.

So there you have it, my tips on hosting a fun and fuss free Halloween party. I hope that you all have a great one!

The Johnsons xxx

Although this post features gifted items, all words and opinions are of my own.

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