Your guide to a scarily good Halloween

The spooky season is upon us and we’ve rounded up a list of scarily good, budget friendly activities for you and your family to enjoy. From Halloween craft ideas to a movie night at home watching the best hair-raising children’s films, here are some of the best ideas to get you in the Halloween spirit:

Ghost hunt at home

Set up a spooky ghost hunt for the kids in the comfort of your own home. All you need is sweets (preferably something large, like a bag of sweets or a bar of chocolate), tissue paper and a black felt tip pen! Wrap up the sweets in toilet paper and draw some eyes on it using the black pen, giving you friendly ghosts to hide around the house. Play some spooky music, dim the lights and hang up your Halloween décor. An ideal way to keep your family entertained for more than half an hour.

Spooky movie nights

From witches and pumpkins to the paranormal, there’s loads of films you and the family can watch to help you get into the spooky season. If you’re looking for a family friendly fun, why not try the Disney Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, a tail of three witches who are resurrected after 300 years or Halloweentown, the story of children who follow their Grandma Aggie back to a spooky town full of magic. There’s plenty to choose from, with other family favourite films including Ghostbusters, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice. So,  grab some popcorn and settle down for a night of spine-tingling tales.

Ghastly good costumes

Trick and treating may be off the cards this year, but there’s nothing to stop your little monsters from dressing up and getting into the Halloween spirit. Your costume doesn’t need to break the bank either, here’s some of our easy, budget friendly costume ideas:

  • Mummy – Using toilet paper is a cheap and effective way to create the perfect mummy costume. Put some comfy plain black or white clothes on underneath, then grab a few rolls of toilet paper and some celotape and get creative wrapping it around until you reach the desired look.
  • Night of the dead – Got a spare black dress or dress trousers lying around? Transform yourself into the Mexican night of the dead by adding some bright colours and skull face paint. YouTube is full of great tutorials to make your own flower hats and headbands and easy skull makeup. You can find face paint kits in supermarkets for as little as £1
  • Spooky scarecrow – Pair together denim dungaree or shorts, a checked shirt and a straw hat to make the perfect cheap and easy scarecrow outfit. Finish off the look by using eyeliner to draw on a spooky face.
  • Zombie – One of the scariest Halloween costumes around, if you’ve got spare clothes that you’re happy to rip then a Zombie is perfect for you. Grab your old clothes and safely cut and rip the arms and legs to create a damaged and disgruntled look. Throw on some fake blood and smudge some black eyeshadow to create a truly scary look.

Tasty treats

There’s no tricks to these treats! No Halloween party is complete without a selection of ghoulish goodies! Get the kids involved and try the below recipes to create the perfect family feast. All of the below recipes are easy to make, using only a handful of ingredients:

  • Spider biscuits- Create these easy to make spider biscuits using ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard! The kids will love decorating the biscuits with chocolate spider legs and googly icing eyes! For the full recipe see here:
  • Kiwi slime pies- These kiwi slime pies will go down a treat with adults and children alike! The green jelly and custard make a delicious ‘slime’ filling – perfect for a stay at home Halloween party. Full recipe can be found here:

Join the Pumpkin Trail  

Following on from the success of this years Rainbow Trail, many households across the country are joining the Pumpkin Trail. To join the trail, you’re asked to leave a carved pumpkin outside of your house for children to discover around their local neighbourhood. The aim of the trail is to replace the traditional night of trick or treating with something just as memorable for children. 

Spooktacular Halloween games

Planning a stay at home Halloween party this year? Try these fun-filled Halloween games that are sure to keep the whole family entertained and get everyone into the spooky spirit! Using materials found around the house, these easy DIY Halloween games are both budget friendly and creative.

  • Toilet paper mummy- This is a great Halloween game on a budget and is sure to have everyone laughing! The game works by choosing two people to be ‘mummies’ and two people to be ‘wrappers’. Whoever finishes wrapping their mummy the quickest is the winner!
  • Tin can Halloween bowling- This is another great budget- friendly option and can be enjoyed by even the youngest family members! Save your used tins cans and decorate them with paints or stickers to turn them into spooky characters. You can then line them up, find a tennis ball, and let the bowling commence!
  • Bean bag toss- Combine pumpkin carving with a fun bean bag toss game that the kids will love. This two-in-one game involves carving a large open gap in the pumpkin, then giving the kids three to five bean bags or balls each and let them aim!
  • Ghost stories - Set up ghost story time with the family, but not too late before bedtime. Light some candles around the room, turn off the lights and tell your favourite ghost stories. It’s an ideal low-cost idea to keep the kids entertained, and you could even bring popcorn for added fun!