It’s that time of year again – the nights are drawing in and before we know it, it’ll be time to observe the celebration of all things ghoulish, Halloween.
We could bore you with trivia (the celebration has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, for example), but instead, we thought we’d provide you with some of the best Halloween garden party ideas from around the web.
There’s much more to Halloween decorations than the standard pumpkin (although these are still essential!). Getting creative with DIY décor is a great way to get the whole family involved, and it’s surprisingly easy to transform your garden and garden building. Here are some of our favourite ideas to impress friends and family:
- Frozen hands
- If you’re keeping drinks cool in an ice bucket, this is the perfect way to add a spooky touch. Freeze rubber or latex gloves filled with water, and then place them around the drinks, as if they’re emerging from the ice.
- Halloween window décor
- Cut spooky shapes out of black paper and stick them with double-sided tape to the windows of your garden building. When the lights are on it will look incredibly effective from the garden.
- Ghostly figures
- Shape chicken wire into ghostly figures and then spray with glow-in-the-dark paint. Once night falls, they will look like ghostly figures floating around the garden.
- Hanging ghosts
- Hang balloons draped with transparent white fabric from trees. Tatter and slit the ends of the fabric, so that they flutter spookily in the wind. You could also hang smaller versions inside your garden building.
- Painted jars
- Decorate jars with glass paint and then put a candle inside to light up the design. These will look particularly effective dotted around your garden building.
- Witches table legs
- If you’ve got a table in your garden building, this is a great way to add a Halloween twist. Place the leg inside a stripy knee-length sock and secure the top of the sock with double-sided tape. Then, place the bottom of the table leg inside a black shoe.
- This article from Digs Digs has so many great ideas, we don’t know where to start. We particularly love the black card bats stuck to the wall – try sticking them on the ceiling of your garden building and bend out the wings for a 3D effect.
No party is complete without a vast selection of food, and Halloween offers you the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. It’s likely to be chilly at the end of October, so make sure you provide a selection of hot food (you could put on a barbecue) and drinks for people to enjoy in the warmth of your garden building. Other ideas include:
- Marshmallow ghouls
- An easy to make sweet treat the kids will love. Simply push three marshmallows onto a cocktail stick (make sure that the sharp end is at the bottom), dip in melted white chocolate and then decorate with writing icing.
- Spider bites
- Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter, and then add pretzel sticks for the legs. Place in the freezer until the chocolate is hard.
- Frankenstein rice crispy treats
- Add green food colouring to rice crispy mix, before dipping the top in melted chocolate for the ‘hair’, adding candy eyes and a ‘stitch’ mouth using writing icing.
- Skeleton ginger bread men
- These are really easy to make. Simply decorate plain ginger bread men with white piping icing in a skeleton design.
Your decorated garden building should be the perfect location for some spooky activities. Alternatively, head out into the garden to indulge in some more energetic games. Here are some great ideas:
- Mummy wrap – the essential component of this game is lots and lots of toilet roll. Divide guests into teams and give them equal amounts of paper. Each team has to nominate a ‘mummy’ and the first team to completely wrap their mummy in toilet paper wins.
- Pumpkin bowling –how do you make bowling more Halloween-y? Add a pumpkin of course. Place tin cans at the end of the garden and see if anyone can knock them down using a pumpkin as a bowling ball.
- Match the monster to the movie – this can be played with adults or kids (obviously stick to children’s films such as Monsters Inc for the latter) in your garden building. Hand out pictures of famous movie monsters and a list of movies – whichever team matches the most correctly, wins.
Throwing a garden party is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween this year and gives you loads of opportunities to get creative.
Use your garden building to host a Halloween party this October!