Halloween is nearly here, and it’s time to get into the spirit (pun intended) with a frightful, delightful bash. From decorations to recipes, and even a few petrifying party games, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to hosting a Halloween party for the ages.
It’s not a Halloween party without some sweet treats (and tricks!), which is why we’ve gathered some of our favourite freaky food and drinks recipes for you to serve to your guests at your Halloween bash.
Put the ‘finger’ in ‘finger food’ with these disgustingly delicious Zombie Finger Cookies by Make Fabulous Cakes. Made from shortbread cookie dough and slivered almonds, we promise these cookies taste a lot better than they look!
After something a little more substantial? How about some eyeball donuts or Zombie brain brownies? Or, if it’s a quick, simple sweet treat you’re after, why not give this ‘haunted’ chocolate bark a go?
If you’re entertaining a crowd, an easy catering option is always a grazing platter. We wrote an article about how to create your own – read it here – which you can easily Halloween-ify with some fake spiders, cobwebs, and some other easy DIY decorations (more on that soon).
Then, wash it all down with some dastardly drinks – syringes full of red punch, this black lemonade recipe and these ‘boo-nilla ghost milkshakes’ are just some of the options out there. And, when all else fails, just pop some gummy eyeball lollies into your punch bowl!
And, for the cutest party favours ever, try these lollipop ghosts by One Little Project.
To make the decorating easier, try allocating one or two rooms in your house as ‘party zones’ and focus all of your attention on decorating in there. And, to prevent people from going into the spaces you’d like them to stay out of, simply make some creepy ‘Keep Out’ signs or even buy some ‘crime scene’ tape and fake blood.
Think about lighting, where you’ll put the food and drinks and where you’ll have people playing games before you start setting up, to ensure that things run smoothly and you use your space as best you can.
Then, go to town with the fake cobwebs, orange and black streamers and pumpkin decorations! Put some scary faces on orange, black and white balloons, or get creative with glow sticks (try cutting eye-shaped holes in empty toilet rolls, popping a glow stick inside and hiding them in dark corners).
It’s not a party without party games, and Halloween is one of the best excuses to organise some seriously special games for your guests.
Whether it’s witches hat ring toss (simply spray paint some small traffic cones black!) or ‘ghost busters’ (cut some ghost facts out of white plastic cups, stack them up and arm the kids – or adults – with Nerf guns), there are a tonne of fun, freaky games to get everyone into the Halloween spirit. Put a scary twist on an old favourite with ‘pin the spider on the spiderweb’, or try a new one with this fun Halloween ‘punch a bunch’ game (instead of facts, you could put lollies or fake bugs into the bowls!).
Can’t be bothered hosting a Halloween party yourself? That doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun around town! Check out these awesome Halloween events coming up soon:
Fun for the little monsters:
A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Friday October 26, from 5pm ‘til 8pm // Queensland Museum, Brisbane
Calling ghouls, goblins and ghost busters of all shapes and sizes – Queensland Museum is opening its doors after dark for one night only, and you’ll be dying to go. Enjoy a wicked night time adventure with creepy crawlies, spooky science, a Halloween disco, and make sure you arrive in your best costume. Then, when you’re all partied out, you can purchase edible bugs for both your trick and your treat! This event is ticketed and licensed, so parents – bring your ID if you want a drink! // www.facebook.com
FESTEVIL AT THE FANGTUARY
Friday October 26, from 6pm ‘til 9pm // Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Currumbin
Enter the Sanctuary at dusk at your own risk for a family night of frightful fun, designed to tickle the senses with a range of nocturnal activities. Wear your spookiest outfit, ride the themed ghost train that snakes its way through the Sanctuary at night or explore the nocturnal corridor and discover what bats really get up to after dark! Make sure you have your photo taken with slithering snakes and watchful owls before escaping // www.currumbinsanctuary.com.au
HALLOWEEN SKATE NIGHT
Friday October 26 thru to Saturday October 27, from 5pm ‘til 10pm & 6pm ‘til 8pm // Epic Skate Rink, Tweed Heads
If you’re after an epic Halloween night, Epic Skate Rink is the obvious place to be. Come dressed in your scariest costume for an epic Halloween skate night, the weekend before Halloween! There will be plenty of skating and classic Epic Skate Rink fun, plus prizes for best dressed and a scare cave to walk through // www.epicskate.com.au
SURFERS PARADISE FEST-EVIL & ZOMBIE WALK
Friday October 26 thru to Sunday October 28 // Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Fest-Evil is a brand-new, Halloween-inspired three-day takeover, with a tonne of fun activities and entertainment taking place across the weekend. From Halloween markets and trick or treating to cosplay and costume competitions, in-venue events and discounts and the main event, the Surfers Paradise Zombie Walk, on Sunday from 3-4pm. Don’t miss out! // www.surfersparadise.com
HALLOWEEN STREET PARTY
Saturday October 27, from 11am ‘til 9pm // Manly Harbour Village, Brisbane
Don your best costume and head to the Manly Harbour Village for the ultimate (free!) Halloween street party! Enjoy a spooky day of activities including market stalls, best dressed competitions, live entertainment, street parade, a movie in the park, roving performers, night time amusements, pumpkin carving, fireworks and lots more // www.manlyharbourvillage.com
Saturday October 27, from 12pm ‘til 8pm // Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Fig Tree Pocket
From the scary scavenger hunt to tonnes of craft activities, a jumping castle and even a maze, there’s so much Halloween fun to be had at Lone Pine! Find ‘trick or treat’ lollies and prizes, and keep an eye out for our koala mascot who may have some treats for you too when you attend this spook-tacular day out, then finish the day with a free movie screening at 6:30pm and enjoy some more delicious treats from attending food stalls. Check out www.facebook.com for all of the deets.
MOVIE WORLD // FRIGHT NIGHTS
Now thru to Sunday October 28 // Movie World, Oxenford
Mazes, terror tours and panic rooms, oh my! When darkness falls, Movie World transforms into the most scream-tasticly scary spot on the Gold Coast – VR experiences, petrifying precincts and more will have you screaming more than a turn on the Superman Escape. Make sure you get in quick, because Fright Nights won’t be around for much longer! // www.frightnights.com.au