If you're looking for a new way to celebrate Halloween, check out these tips:
1. Host an outdoor movie marathon and screen the scariest movies your age group can deal with.
2. Go camping and tell ghost stories
Make it as creepy as you dare; set up a tent in the safety of your backyard and have the kids huddle around a witch's cauldron to cast spells.
3. Buy a couple of pumpkins and carve up some Jack-o-lanterns
Stay safe and fill with LED lights or small flameless candles rather than lit tea lights. If carving's not your strong point get out the paint or glue on some gruesome features like googly eyes.
4. Skip the theme parks and set up a ghost train in your hallway
Darkness is mandatory, then have fun with flashing lights, creepy (fake) crawlies, haunted sounds and ghoulish unidentified furry creatures and slime.
5. Get the whole family involved in dress ups
Try a theme for the whole family and get the pets involved. Imagine the dog in a glow-in-the-dark skeleton outfit. That's right, a mini skeleton running around your garden!
6. Put a tape recorder or a baby monitor in a jack-o'-lantern and talk to guests or passers-by
The pumpkin is ALIVE! This works equally well when placed in any Halloween prop.
7. Get on board with the tradition of bobbing for apples
Thread string through the centre of apples, tie them to a washing line and try biting them off with your hands tied behind your back. Spare apples? Make toffee apples for treats.
8. Make a Halloween Piñata, Arachnophobia-style
Instead of treats, fill with hundreds of tiny toy spiders. Perhaps make another one filled with treats to avoid complete disappointment.
9. For instant movie-worthy effects, get some dry ice
Fill up a vessel for some table top fog, or try putting some outdoors for a super spooky yard.
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