Why should children get all the fun at Halloween? As adults, not many of us probably want to go out trick or treating, but a Halloween party, complete with dark red wine and themed food, is a great idea for cheering up a cold, dark time of year. Here’s what we’ve tracked down to make your Halloween party go with a boo
1. Pumpkin and cinnamon candle, Otter Candle Co
Scent is so evocative, so set the scene for your Halloween party with this vegan coconut and soy wax candle, which smells of spicy cinnamon and clove, vanilla and orange. £10, available from Urban Makers.
2. Halloween pinwheel decorations, Other Letters
Some Halloween decorations can be a bit over the top, but these paper pinwheels are a far cry from plastic spiders and luminous skeletons. They come in a set of six of different sizes, and would look good hung in a lighted window to let your guests know they’ve got the right house. £16.50 for six, available from Other Letters.
3. Mottled mini pumpkin trio, Lights4Fun
Dress the table with this set of three mini rose gold, silver and gold pumpkins. Each glass pumpkin is finished by hand so they’re completely unique. They’re illuminated from the inside with a warm white LED light, so would also look good on the mantelpiece. What’s more, these lights are great to use for any autumn themed decor, so they’re definitely not just for Halloween. £24.99 for the set, available from Lights4Fun.co.uk.
4. Haunting Halloween mural, Wallsauce
What was that we said about not going over the top? Well, we’ve changed our minds – we want this temporary mural in our dining room as part of our Halloween party decorations! Give your Halloween party the ultimate look with this removable Halloween wall mural. With pumpkins, bats and the obligatory witch, this peel and stick mural is easily removable and can be made to fit your size specifications. Prices start at £27/metre, available from Wallsauce.
5. Black and pink Halloween garland, Gisela Graham
Drape this Gothic-y, ‘bride of Dracula’ garland along the mantelpiece, or use it as part of a table centrepiece – it’s a perfect to add to your Halloween party decorations. It measures 186cm long so would also work on a windowsill. £30, see Gisela Graham for stockists.
6. Full moon print, Mint and May
This striking A3 size print of the full moon will make a great focal point for your dining room. It’s supplied unframed, so you can easily move it around and store it from year to year, and costs £16 from Mint and May.
7. Flocked skulls jet black lampshade, Red Candy
Add a little dark edge to your Halloween dinner party with this flocked black skull shade, featuring a contrasting, bright neon yellow lining. It’s available with different coloured linings and in different sizes to suit every location, and it will help create exactly the right atmosphere this Halloween. Prices start at £40, available at Red Candy.
8. Gold beetle wall art, Audenza
Sometimes, you just have to stick a giant beetle on the wall – and Halloween is the time to do it! We’re rather taken with these, in fact they could be finding a place on the wall all year round. Available in two different sizes and styles, prices start at £38 from Audenza.
9. Glass skull decorations, Gisela Graham
With their Mexican ‘day of the dead’ vibe, these glass skulls would look perfect in a window or suspended from a mantelpiece where they can catch the light. Available in two designs, £10.50 each. See Gisela Graham for stockists.
10. Black and gold Halloween table confetti, Ginger Ray
Scatter some ghoul and glitz around your Halloween venue with this themed confetti in black and gold. £2.99 for a pack, available from Ginger Ray.
Will you be reaching for the covers this Halloween?
Are you a fan of Halloween, or would you prefer to have a cosy night in and forget about fright night?
Luxury online bedding specialist, Dusk, has put together some facts about ghoulish myths and ghostly tales around the UK. Plus, they’ve got some fun stats on how Brits protect themselves at Halloween if they decide to stay in and hide under the bedclothes, whether indulging in scary films, ghost tales or hiding from Halloween completely.
Here’s an insight into some of their key findings:
- In the North West, 20% of households have duck down duvets, so anyone choosing to hide under their duvet will be super cosy and well protected.
- Feathers are often associated with witchcraft. Forget duck down though, the Midlands has the highest amount of goose down duvets in the country. If Midlanders are taking to bed this Halloween, we think they’ll be warm.
- People living in Northern Ireland have the most luxurious duvets in the UK. 88% of households have duvets of 9 tog or higher, so perhaps those opting out of Halloween will be hiding under big warm duvets.
- It seems like the Welsh like to play it cool – people in Cardiff and Swansea who are watching scary movies in bed are likely to be doing so under cool cotton percale bedding.
- Households in the North East have the lowest number of 13.5 tog duvets in the whole of the country. Despite the chill in the wintery air, only 24% of people will be under thick quilts.
- For anyone cowering in bed in Yorkshire and The Humber, they’re likely to at least have their head in a soft place. Figures suggest 90% of people in Yorkshire have soft pillows – higher than anywhere else in the UK.
- People in the South East and London who want to cosy up for Halloween may well be doing so under a luxury throw – 34% of households in this area buy luxury throws.
- The highest number of single beds are found in the South West region, so anyone taking to bed for All Hallows may be doing so on their own.
- The Scots are a hardy bunch and spend less on their bedrooms than any other part of the UK. So any Scots choosing to hide under the duvet this Hallows’ Eve are unlikely to be residing under luxury bedding!
How will you be spending Halloween? Do let us know in the comments below!