Halloween Parties - 10 Top Tips!

Creating a spooky scene for your Halloween party doesn't have to be a nightmare. Shearer Candles gives you ten horrifying hints for the ultimate ghoulish gathering!

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Pick your date – The 31st of October might be obvious, but if it is a week night you might want to move it to the weekend, or maybe just choose a day that doesn’t clash with someone else’s party! Send out you invites in plenty of time. Design your own frightening invitations online or buy from your local card shop. Remember to let your guests know it is a fancy dress party especially if you have picked a theme. Plan your Halloween canapés well in advance. Try marinated mozzarella eyeballs with olive irises, devilled chicken wings, ghost and bat shaped cookies, mini toffee apples and wicked witch cup cakes.


Cocktails are a must at a Halloween party. Serve your guests bleeding heart martinis, bloody rum punch, witches brew or poison apple punch. Don’t forget to add spooky shaped ice cubes to your drinks!


Give the room an eerie glow with green light bulbs, place carved pumpkins with tea lights around the room, light orange, purple and black dining candles and line your patio with lanterns, outdoor candles to create a truly chilling atmosphere.


Decorate the room with scary stuff. Try faux spider’s webs, ghostly window stickers, hang bat and ghost cut-outs from the ceiling, even make your own tomb stones out of cardboard. And don’t forget a Halloween party is not complete without a few skeletons!


As host you will need to look the part and set the scene. Concoct a scary costume, try and make yourself unrecognisable by painting your face green for a witch or red for a devil. Homemade costumes are always more respected in the fancy dress scene!


Freak your guests by making a spooky sounds playlist, perfect as your guests arrive. A dog howling, a creaky door or an evil laugh will give them the ultimate chill! Then really get the party started with dreadful Halloween tunes... how about a bit of rocky horror?! All Halloween parties need a couple of games. Why not go traditional by dooking for apples, fishing for sweeties in a bowl of flour or encourage your guests into a little trick or treating! Prizes for the best and worst dressed will always liven up a party.


Finally have fun, enjoy your frighteningly fabulous festivities and make sure you make it till midnight – the scariest part of the evening!


Eat, Drink and Be Scary - Happy Halloween

Stephanie Barnet Marketing Executive Shearer Candles

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