The spookiest time of year is back! Halloween falls on the 31st October every year and is a holiday celebrated in numerous countries worldwide, although it is thought to have originated in Ireland in around 4000bc.
Each year we spend a terrifying amount on costumes and other Halloween related goodies. There’s not long to go until Halloween this year and with half-term also coming up we thought you might enjoy these inspiring ideas to keep you entertained.
1. Carve a Pumpkin
Did you know that Jack-o’-lanterns weren’t always made from Pumpkins - originally people used to carve turnips. The Celts used to create Jack-o’lanterns as they thought they warned off the evil spirits. The term Jack-o‘lantern originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed Stingy Jack.
Be inspired and take a look at these scarily good pumpkins and have a go yourself! We would love to see your creations this year, why not post them to our Facebook page.
2. Halloween Costumes
There are an endless number of costumes you can find for Halloween. Some are timeless classics that have been around for years and others come and go depending on current trends, films and news! The classics we see every year include; cats, witches, zombies, wizards, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, devils, skeletons, mummies and Frankenstein – the list goes on.
If you are feeling especially creative have a go at making one of these spooky costumes.
3. Cook up some Comfort Food
With Halloween comes the cold, autumnal weather. Get the oven on and whip up one of these hearty recipes with your left over pumpkin!
4. Things to Do
If you want to escape the trick or treaters on 31st October take a look what is going on in your local area. Our favourite ideas are to visit a spooky castle or haunted house, take part in a ghost walk, go for a few Halloween inspired drinks (or make your own, find some ideas below) or if you really want to scream visit a theme park!
5. Watch a Scary Movie
If scary films are your cup of tea then make sure you get the popcorn in and watch one of these if you think you can!
We have put together our top 5 films for both adults and the little ones.
Top 5 for Adults
1. The Exorcist
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Top 5 for Children
1. Harry Potter
2. The nightmare before Christmas
3. Monsters inc
4. Casper the friendly ghost
5. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the were-rabbit
Remember the trick or treaters will be about, so don’t spill your popcorn when the doorbell goes or there’s a knock at the door!