Spooktacular Halloween Ideas

What’s Hot | 29th Oct 2021 | 6min read

Something’s in the air, feeling spooky and fun. Pumpkins everywhere, staring at everyone.

Cobwebs and costumes, all the decorations you can dream of…that’s how you know it’s Halloween.

That’s how the song goes, anyway.

Now that Halloween’s just around the corner, how are you planning to celebrate?

Are you going to party or go trick-or-treating?

Or just stay at home and chill whilst enjoying Halloween-themed snacks and films?

There are so many ways to have a fun Halloween. The good news is, they won’t cost you an arm or leg.

Here are some budget-friendly suggestions for you:

Take part in thrilling adventures.

Fancy a scare? Head to some haunted destinations for a frighteningly fun day out.

From abandoned graveyards and creepy woods, to medieval buildings and eerie city streets, there are ghost walks and tours all over the UK that are certain to send a shiver down your spine.

If you’re more in the mood for a spooky immersive experience, The London Dungeon is the place you seek!

Expect 360-degree sets with gripping storytelling, 19 interactive shows with 20 live actors and 1000 years of history, plus two thrilling underground rides!

Clink Prison Museum is another place you might enjoy visiting.

Just a stone’s throw away from Borough Market and Tate Modern, this museum dates back to 1144.

There are opportunities to view archaeological artefacts, experience the sights, sounds and smells of the prison, handle torture devices and to view and hear all about the many tales of torment of the prison’s inmates.

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Prepare a three-course Halloween menu.

Celebrating at home? Impress your friends and family with your creativity in the kitchen with these quick and easy Halloween-themed recipes.

Starter: Mummy Head Camembert

You will need: black olives, puff pastry, 1 egg and 1 round camembert.


On a lightly floured work surface, roll the puff pastry out and cut into strips. Wrap the strips around the Camembert like a mummy. Place into an oven dish, whisk the egg and brush over pastry. Bake in a 180 °C oven for 15 minutes. Place sliced olives on top for eyes and serve with breadstick fingers. Done!

Main: Spider Burgers

You will need: 4 burger patties of your choice, seeded burger buns, cheddar cheese, onion rings, tomato ketchup, black olives and cocktail sticks.


Follow the cooking instructions on the packet for the burgers and onion rings. Once ready, place the burgers into the buns. Cut the onion rings in half, dip the ends in ketchup and place them on the sides to look like spider legs. Cut slices of cheddar to look like fangs and place them on the front. Finally, pierce two black olives onto cocktail sticks and stick into the bun for eyes.

Dessert: Halloween Dirt Cake

You will need: 2 packets of Oreos, 100g melted butter, 5g vanilla essence, 600g full-fat soft cheese, 100g icing sugar, 1 pot of double cream and gummy worms.


Line a square baking tin with parchment paper. Crush 1 packet of Oreos and add melted butter. Place the Oreo crumb into the tin and chill for 1 hour. Put the cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla essence and double cream into a large mixing bowl. Beat until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture onto the Oreo base and chill for 6 hours. Crush the remaining packet of Oreos and scatter over the top. Finish with gummy worms.

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Have fun with DIY costumes

Want to look effortlessly cool for Halloween? You might already have what you need to create your look!

Got an all-black outfit? Purrfect! All you need is some foundation, black and white eyeliners and concealer for your cat makeup transformation!

Simply apply medium coverage foundation all over your face. Line the upper lash line with black eyeliner. Turn it into a flick that finishes at a sharp point.

Then line the inner corner of your eye with white eyeliner. Colour in the tip of your nose with black liner, then draw a line down to your cupid’s bow to start your muzzle.

Draw three or four dots in eyeliner above your top lip, then add in your cat whiskers make-up by drawing them in the same eyeliner over your cheeks. Fill in your upper lip with black eyeliner and pat concealer onto your bottom lip.

Here’s an even more effortless yet iconic idea: dress up like Waldo of Where’s Waldo?.

All you need is this red and white striped beanie and long-sleeved top, some denim jeans and these round black-rimmed glasses and you’re good to go!

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Have a horror movie marathon.

Curate a scary film line-up for your own Horror Film Festival at home!

A nice mix of family-friendly flicks, classics, cult and blockbuster horror films will do the trick! Here’s our suggested line-up:

-The Addams Family


-Hotel Transylvania

-The Blair Witch Project

-Paranormal Activity

-The Wicker Man

-Child’s Play

-Fright Night

-The Exorcist




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Getting excited already? We’re with you on that.

With these spooktacularly affordable ideas, you’re guaranteed to have one hell of an awesome time. Have a wicked Halloween!

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