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Halloween Party Essentials


Every party needs party games. Here are a few suggestions that your little monsters are sure to love this Halloween. For those who are too little to play games, I've included a few toy suggestions which I'm sure will go down a treat.

1. BeanBoozled Game - What's not to love about a game of BeanBoozled - Jelly Belly BeanBoozled jelly beans are a collection of 16 look-alike flavours and the ultimate candy roulette. Some are so crazy they are not to be believed, while others are the delicious Jelly Belly beans we have come to know and love. Canned Dog Food and Baby Wipe flavours are twinned with scrumptious Chocolate Pudding and Coconut. They join the delicious Tutti Fruitti and the not so delicious Stinky Socks flavour duo. Good or gag? And there’s Vomit or Peach. Truly. Either way, they really do taste shockingly authentic. The beans look identical and every bite will be a surprising dare.

2. Gross Magic - Gross Magic suitable for children aged 8 and up. This gruesome set is sure to be a big hit with budding magicians this Halloween. The set features props and ideas for more than forty revolting magic tricks and illusions. Impress your audience (or victims!) with your ‘clean to dirty’ toilet and ‘poo paper', hatching cockroach eggs, slime in a dustbin, jumping and vanishing bogies, pretend veins, a squidgy telepathic brain and much more. Lovely....

3. Ghost Hunt Evolution - Get ready to chase projected ghosts with the Ghost Hunt Evolution Game. Turn down the lights, put on the 3D glasses and shoot at the ghosts and bats that are projected on the wall by Billy Bones.There are 3 settings, easy, medium, and hard. Every time you hit the target, a point is rewarded. Highest score wins! Includes 1 x Billy Bones projector, 1 x laser gun, 1 x 3D glasses.

4. Tarantula Tango - The wild Tango Tarantula is desperately looking for one of the animals as a dancing partner! But the animals get scared and cry out every time the hairy and poisonous spider looks at them! The winner is the first contestant to get rid of their cards. A fast and fun game for all the family. Tarantula Tango takes 15 to 20 minutes to play and is suitable for 2-5 players aged 7 and up.

5. Star Wars Vile Villains Ultimate Sticker Collection - from DK is a fiendishly fun book with over 1,000 colourful stickers is perfect for Halloween (for children aged 6+). The collection is packed full of spooky places, scary monsters and vile villains from the Star Wars galaxy, including Star Wars The Force Awakens.Star Wars villains such as Darth Vader, Count Dooku and Kylo Ren are included. The book is bursting with reusable, full-colour stickers which you can use to decorate your pencil case, bag and other belongings.

6. Zombie Popper - Ever wanted to shoot a Zombie's brains out - well now you can with Zombie Popper. By putting a small foam ball in his head and squeezing his body you will be able to pop his brains out and the harder you squeeze him, the further the six soft foam brain balls will go. It can be used both indoors and outdoors.

7. Itty Bitty Witches - Fans of the Wizard of Oz will be blown away by these tiny versions of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. They are both available from Hallmark. These quality plush toys will make the perfect gift for anyone of any age. You can collect other Wizard of Oz Itty Bitty's as well as many other characters from well known and loved TV programmes and films.

8. Baby Born Baby Dragon - This super soft & cuddly plush Baby Dragon is one of Baby Born's newest friends. Touch Baby Dragon with the magic wand to activate cute music & sounds. The dragon would make a perfect Halloween present for a little one who is too young to enjoy party games or trick or treating.




Anyone going to a party or out trick or treating needs a costume for the occasion. Here are some of our suggestions for this year.

1. Aldi have a range of creepy costumes available to buy instore. Children can choose from witch, skeleton, mummy or pumpkin costumes and there's even a few costume choices for adults, should they wish to join in the fun, although if they want to get into the Halloween spirit but don't want to get fully dressed up Aldi have various Tshirt designs to choose from too. They also have accessories available to buy so you can complete your outfit including a Face Paint Kit, Halloween Boppers, Spectacles and Halloween Mask Books which has a variety of masks that are easy to colour in and pop-out.

2. Witch Tights - We all know how cold Trick or Treating can be and how little ones who are dressing up don't want to spoil their costume by wearing thick clothes, so why not treat them to a pair of these cute witch tights from the SockShop. I love the purple colour of these tights but love the sparkly witches that are dotted all over them - I wish they made them in my size.

3. Nail Wraps - Jamberry recently launched their nail wraps here in the UK. The vinyl nail wraps are easy to apply. They are pressure and heat activated to adhere to your nails for long lasting and a beautiful look. The wraps are made with durable materials, so smudges and streaks are never an issue and can last up to two weeks on hands and four weeks on toes - who says that making your nails look fabulous is a long and tedious job.

4. Sainsburys have a huge range of costumes available for little ones this Halloween, with prices starting from just £7 and in sizes suitable from 9 months - 12 years old there's sure to be something for everyone to wear whilst trick or treating. Our favourites from TU include their Vampire with lights and sounds costume, Blue Halloween Skeleton, Red Halloween Pirate and their Frankenstein Costume.




1. Cadbury treats are a firm family favourite, if you're having a party or expecting visitors to your door this Halloween they have plenty of treats that I'm sure would go down a treat.

  • Crunchy Spiders -  Delve your fangs into these tasty but oh so terrifying treats; each Cadbury Crunchy Spider is filled with crisp green rice balls covered in tasty chocolate. 
  • Ghooost Eggs - New for 2016 is a deliciously chilling Cadbury chocolate egg filled with gooey white fondant. This is a treat with a spooky twist, as pesky phantoms have stolen the yolks from some of the eggs this year. Devilish detectives who locate one of the 50 hidden eggs containing a yolk and winning coupon will instantly win a family ticket to Alton Towers Scarefest. So get hunting to find these delicious Cadbury ghooost eggs across the nation. 
  • Family Treat Bags - selections will help you delight every vampire or ghostly ghoul that knocks on your door. Available in variety and single bar packs and vary in size from 12 - 40 bar packs.

2. Aldi Specialbuys - Aldi has plenty of sweets and treats in store this Halloween starting from as little as 49p so whether you're hosting a part of expecting a tribe of trick or treaters at your door they are sure to have something you'll like including chocolate ghost eggs, Scary Chocolate Shapes or a huge Tub of Sweets from Swizzles. But as with all Aldi's Specialbuys once they've gone, they've gone....

3. The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook - A cookbook written by monsters that has been edited so that humans can enjoy their "delicious" recipes. So whether you are entertaining trolls, hosting a vampire soiree or expecting zombies round for tea, you can make delicious treats to suit every occasion. It also contains helpful house (cave/lair/coffin) keeping tips and advice on entertaining your guests - there's even a section on how to carve a human - delightful huh?....




A Halloween party isn't a party without lots of spooky decorations, but you don't have to spend a fortune either for your house to look the part. There are some fabulous looking decorations out there too.

1. Transform any room into the spookiest of spaces with Aldi’s Animated Decorations and Hanging Decorations including a rocker, prisoner or skeleton as well as Aldi’s Halloween Webs & Clings that will create the spookiest of atmospheres or how about one of their Halloween Inflatable Characters (with LED lights) available in Ghost, Dracula, Black Cat or Pumpkin designs. Trick or treaters are sure to get a fright with Aldi’s Musical Door Knockers & Skeletons which sing, light up. 

2. We all know the dangers of candles at any time of year but more so at Halloween - we've seen the news headlines. But candles are a huge decoration at Halloween as they create the perfect spooky atmosphere. How about you using LEDs instead of a real flame to create that much needed spooky atmosphere. You could use both LED Tealights & candles around your home instead. LED Hut has both candles and tealight available so that you can be spooky and safe this Halloween.

  • Battery Powered Tea Lights - These LED tea lights come in a pack of five and are so realistic you’d never know that they’re battery-powered! They’re perfect for using in pumpkin lanterns and can also be used to create spooky displays around the home.
  • Real Wax LED Candles with melted edges - This LED candle set just got spookier thanks to the melted edges effect - they really could be mistaken for the real thing! They will create the perfect Halloween party atmosphere and unlike real candles, they’ll last longer and won't blow-out.



*The products mentioned in this post were sent for the purpose of this piece - all thoughts and opinons expressed are my own*