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Halloween activities

Spooky ideas for a frightful night of family fun.

Ghoulish games, creepy crafts and macabre movie nights... we've a cauldron full of things to do come Halloween night. Complete your night of frights with some tasty treats, Halloween decorations and costumes for the whole family.

Halloween decorations

A Nightmare before Christmas living room decoration for Halloween.

House of horrors

Transform your living room into a haunted mansion for your night of fun. Create a spooky atmosphere with light-up pumpkins, put up a festive Halloween wreath or go all out with giant spiders and animated skeletons.

Halloween costumes

Halloween face painting ideas

Day of the Dead makeup

Celebrate Halloween and bring this look to life with just face paint, sponges and brushes.

Quick step-by-step

  • Use white face paint mixed with water to create a base.
  • Add black face paint around your temple, under your cheekbones and chin to structure your skull.
  • Sponge black around your eyes for a sunken look and around your mouth, so when you add white teeth they'll stand out.
  • Use a thin brush and face paint, or eye liner, to draw decorative patterns around your eyes, temple and chin.
  • Paint white teeth over the black paint around your mouth, then add black detail in between to define them.
  • Use coloured face paints or glitter for extra detail.

Halloween witch makeup

Keep calm and carry your wand (or makeup brush). This easy but effective makeup look is quick to create and perfect for any wicked witch.

Quick step-by-step

  • Start by applying black eye shadow or face paint to your eyelids, and a little underneath your eyes.
  • Blend green eyeshadow or face paint above the black, into your brow and out towards your temple.
  • Use a thin brush and paint decorative lines around your eyes. Add more lines with green gel.
  • Paint your lips black with face paint or a lipstick.
  • For extra effect apply black glitter on top of your lips and on top of the green lines around your eyes.
  • For a glam finish, dot gems around your face and add false lashes.

How to carve a pumpkin

2 carved pumpkins and a broom decorated for Halloween.

Carve the perfect pumpkin

No Halloween is complete without one. Follow these simple steps to create your creepy character...

  • Step 1: Using a larger knife, cut off the top of the pumpkin. Make sure to cut it at an angle to avoid the lid falling inside.
  • Step 2: Take your spoon, scrape out the insides and transfer to a bowl. Ensure that all the seeds and fibres have been removed.
  • Step 3: Choose the side you want your design to be on. Then you can either free hand your design, or, use a stencil to draw around it. This may be a better option to nail the dimensions and symmetry.
  • Step 4: Grab the smaller knife, it's time to get carving! Just make sure you cut away from yourself to prevent any accidents.
  • Step 5: You're finished! All that's left is to pop your tea light inside, light it, replace the lid, then put it in position ready for those terrifying trick-or-treaters.

Creepy Halloween crafts

A person holding a slime tye and dye kit.

Slime time

Make ooey, gooey, slimy creations. Get experimental with lots of colours and glitter.

An assortment of Halloween spiders, bats, ghosts and pumpkins made from modelling clay.

Play-Doh monster-making

Kids can embrace their inner Frankenstein and make the monster of their dreams. Mwa-ha-ha!

Halloween games to play

Ideal Ghost Castle Game for Halloween.

Bone-chilling board games

Choose from board games with a bit more bite. Host your very own escape room, solve murders or beat the Grim Reaper.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Nintendo Switch Game.

Ghastly gaming for the whole family

Have a ghost-busting, zombie-battling, evil-conquering evening with kid-friendly games. Always check the PEGI rating.

Halloween movie night.

Halloween movie night

Close the curtains, cosy up on the sofa and pass the popcorn for a night of morbid, monstrous or magical movies. For more ideas on how to make movie night special, take a look at our movie night ideas page.

Halloween food ideas

Moreish morsels

Concoct scrummy snacks and bewitched brews with one of these magical machines. Who needs a cauldron when you've got this kit up your sleeve?

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