Halloween hacks: our tips, tricks and ideas for the spookiest Halloween ever

Are you celebrating Halloween at your place this year? Whilst typically not an Australian tradition, some of us down under love to dress up and get creative with house decorating during the Halloween season. So, if you’re keen to get into the spirit, check out our handy hacks for a spooktacular October!

Dress up your place
House decorating is traditionally an important element of Halloween and adds a special community-centred element to the festivities. Children and families love visiting houses for trick or treating, marvelling at their neighbours’ decorations.

We suggest choosing a colour palette that is easy to replicate and style, typically black and white with pops of orange works well and suits most decorations you can find. Once you’ve settled on a theme, head to the shops and pick up a few bargains. There are lots of opportunities to get crafty and make your own decorations but with so many amazing finds out there, you’re guaranteed to pick up some great accessories at local homewares and hardware stores for the ultimate Halloween party.

Styling your house can be cost effective and creative with just a few household items that the kids will love to help out with too. Mummify your front door with white streamers and DIY googly eyes with some black and white card. Transform pumpkins into black cats with a lick of paint, pipe cleaners for whiskers and stick on ears and eyes. Galvanized silver buckets from your local hardware store also make stylish jack-o-lanterns when filled with colourful plants.

A great way to get the kids involved is to style and set up an outdoor trick or treat station on the front porch or veranda of your house. Place a lightweight table outside then style it with an assortment of spooky characters and your kids favourite individually packaged treats. For bonus points, get crafty and decorate brown paper bags for visiting trick or treaters to take away!

Get crafty in the kitchen
The options are endless when it comes to Halloween themed food! Whether you’re a sweet tooth or savoury fiend, are plating up mains or snacks, there’s something to suit all tastes. For a super simple yet effective drink, take your kids juice boxes and wrap them in masking tape, add a couple of stick on googly eyes for instant mummification! 

Other sweet treat ideas include cinnamon mummy biscuits; use your Christmas gingerbread man cutter to shape a batch of cinnamon cookie dough and decorate your characters with piped icing, the scarier the better. Check out this link for a collection of all our favourite creative ideas and get crafty in the kitchen: https://www.taste.com.au/entertaining/galleries/halloween-food-ideas/zah2m35p?page=8

Scary movie night
There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with your delicious Halloween snacks and a scary movie night with the family. For the little kids, Monsters Inc., Hotel Transylvania or Nightmare Before Christmas. Bigger kids and teens will enjoy Goosebumps, Hocus Pocus or Ghostbusters and for adults only, be sure to check out The Sixth Sense, Sleepy Hollow or Signs. Popcorn at the ready!

Does your family have a favourite film that you all love to watch together during Halloween? Let us know so we can add it to our list…

Play dress ups
Deviate from the usual scary costumes (think witches, ghosts and monsters) and opt for something a little bit out of the box this year. Popular culture and references to current affairs are always great and help keep it light for the little ones. Aim for classics like Star Wars, Doctor Who, Super Mario, Minions, Batman and Robin or Pacman.

If you’d like to join the vibrant, family friendly community at Flamewood, contact Debra or Lee for a chat today!

Debra Hanlon
Phone: 0414 940 724
Email: deb@parcelproperty.com.au

Lee Johnstone
Phone: 0403 060 129
Email: ljohnstone@parcelproperty.com.au