Budget halloween party

Hello


I'm planning on having a little Halloween party at my house but I'm stuck for ideas to make it fun.


There won't be any kids coming so won't need to entertain them, but I don't want my guests standing around bored.


I only have a small house but if it's dry I can light the log burner in the garden so people can go outside too.


Does anyone have any ideas for entertainment?


Thanks


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  • chaniechanie Forumite
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    You should be able to get decorations cheaply from poundshops. Supermarkets will also have a good selection, although they may be a bit more expensive.

    I buy a cheap roll of binliners and cut it up to use as decorations - as a table cloths, a cut up strips to make a spooky entrance etc.

    Pinterest has lots of food ideas - our party is for children, so we don't do anything special foodwise, as it will go to waste.

    Apple bobbing is quick and easy to arrange. I buy cheap loo roll and let the children turn each other into mummies, which they love.
    Pumpkin parking - we always do a couple. You get your guests to carve them, but it's quite messy.

    Music - Ghostbusters, time warp, thriller,

    Last year, we did fireworks at our halloween party, as the two dates are so close together.
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  • VintageBelleVintageBelle Forumite
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    chanie wrote: »
    You should be able to get decorations cheaply from poundshops. Supermarkets will also have a good selection, although they may be a bit more expensive.

    I buy a cheap roll of binliners and cut it up to use as decorations - as a table cloths, a cut up strips to make a spooky entrance etc.

    Pinterest has lots of food ideas - our party is for children, so we don't do anything special foodwise, as it will go to waste.

    Apple bobbing is quick and easy to arrange. I buy cheap loo roll and let the children turn each other into mummies, which they love.
    Pumpkin parking - we always do a couple. You get your guests to carve them, but it's quite messy.

    Music - Ghostbusters, time warp, thriller,

    Last year, we did fireworks at our halloween party, as the two dates are so close together.


    Thanks Chanie :)
  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    You don't need party games to entertain the adults. You wouldn't have them at any other party. Food, drink and music is all you need as well as the decorations since this is a themed event. I'm assuming your guests are coming in fancy dress? A few years ago when accompanying my children trick or treating, we came across an adult Halloween house party. It was at a (older) semi-detached property and all the adults were dressed up and some were partying in the space at the side of the property. I remember it being great fun to call at their door.
  • slhxslhx Forumite
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    Get some big punch bowls (anything will do, I've even just used a massive pan before, lols), and a latex glove. Fill the latex glove with water, then tie it off and pop it in the freezer for a few days. Take it out just before the party, take the glove off and pop it in some punch to float, looks like a corpse hand rising out the water, and keeps the punch cool too.

    A few other cheap horror party (mostly food) ideas;
    - Buy a ton of oral syringes cheap from the pharmacy, you can get like 50 for a tenner. Buy a bottle of green shots and then fill them all and label it 'Zombie cure'.
    - Get plastic sheeting, the kind you get to cover furniture when you paint, tape it up all over the room like it's a murder scene. Could even throw some paint or food colouring over it like a blood splatter if you don't mind some mess.
    - Melt some marshmallows over heat in a pan, stir in food colouring and then popcorn (pre cooked), scoop them into cupcake holders and label it brain cakes.
    - Buy a chocolate cake and a cheap plastic doll, cut the doll in half just below the shoulders and shove her in the cake, messing the cake around where you put her in up, and label it corpse cake.
    - Put candles everywhere and forsake electric light for the night!

    All cheap but q effective.
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    BusyBargainzBusyBargainz Forumite
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    edited 18 June 2018 at 11:08AM
    Last year we bought cheap pizza bases and added 'ghost' mozzarella to them.
  • Salome_2Salome_2 Forumite
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    You could compile a cd or playlist of really good Halloween/spooky tunes. Always fun to do, and the Timewarp especially is a great ice-breaker! As Chanie pointed out, pinterest is full of really good Halloween ideas, most of which don't cost much. You could start now, making papier mache skulls or props. You could also make some tombstones out of polystyrene (Wickes sell full size sheets for a fiver, then all you need is a few ideas, some grey and black paint and a decent knife or similar to carve into the polystyrene.
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    Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us
  • Salome_2Salome_2 Forumite
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    Here's my Pinterest Halloween crafts page. It doesn't have that much on it, but includes some Halloween party drink ideas, an invite template, as well as some printables and decor ideas.
    https://uk.pinterest.com/salb23/halloween-crafts-~-go-wild/
    Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
    Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us
  • Important are pretty decorations. Otherwise you can organise play and interesting activities for guests. In garden can organise sport compete.
  • Think of somebody whose house is bigger/better, then convince/encourage them to have a party instead, with you offering them £20 and help to get it set up.

    :)
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