Are you ready for Halloween!? We’ve lots of children between us here at Sophie Allport, so we’re busy preparing for spooky festivities to make sure it’s just the right amount of fantastic and frightening! As well as trick or treating and going to parties, our kids really love a family night in when it comes to Halloween… curling up on the sofa together to watch a family film and eating some terrifying treats is great fun, and best of all, us grown-ups get to enjoy it too! Here’s how we throw a hair-raising Halloween family fright night if you want to get in on the action too.
First, we decorate
Like Christmas, getting excited for Halloween means making the house feel like there’s change afoot. You can make the decorations yourself, carving up pumpkins and arranging twigs and russet leaves across the fireplace, entwining the arrangement with some fairy lights for a soft but spooky glow. But, we like to get the kids involved too: why not cut some frightening shapes out of black felt or cardboard (we opt for rats, mice and spiders) before fixing some double-sided sticky tape to the back? Then, ask the kids to stick the little figures around the house, positioning them on skirting boards and up staircases…the shapes give unsuspecting passers-by quite a fright, and it’s a cheap and easy way to get everyone in the mood for a little spookiness! Here's some craft ideas from Martha Stewart if you want to get creative.
Then we make some delicious treats
In a bid to stop our little horrors from gobbling nothing but sweets on Halloween, we like to serve up some fiendish food that they’ll find too good to resist! Our boys and girls like their food to be spooky, and firm favourites include ‘mud and worms’ (spaghetti bolognese), ‘petrifying pizzas’ (like these ones) and ‘severed fingers’ (good quality sausages in homemade rolls with a good dollop of ketchup ‘blood’).
Make a spooky playlist to listen to during dinner
If we can, we like to sit down to eat as a family while listening to a spooky playlist. We find that asking older children to make it for us gets them involved in a way they really enjoy. If anyone has any scary stories to share, dinner time is when we dim the lights and put on our most skin-tingling scary voices, telling revolting rhymes and trying to make each other jump!
After that, we get cosy on the sofa!
Once we’ve finished dinner, it’s time for everyone to retire to the living room to curl up for a family film. We pick something that’s on the right side of scary for the kids, light some candles, cuddle up under a throw and serve hot chocolate in the Sophie Allport black cat mugs… topped with marshmallows, of course!
How do your family celebrate Halloween? Do you fancy trying our family night in this year?