Tips for a scary yet safe Halloween

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Halloween seems to be gaining momentum in Australia as it continues to get bigger and bigger every year. Large retail shops have costumes for sale, there’s huge sales on chocolates, sweets and treats in supermarkets, and of course decorations galore! Then of course there’s the constant pressure from children pestering their parents to take them trick or treating.

Honestly, it’s a little daunting, the thought of knocking on a stranger’s door to get some lollies. It’s an expedition, but well worth it when you get some quality bonding time with the kids. Whether it’s taking on an art and craft project or buying one so they can dress up as their favourite superhero, dressing up is always fun, even for the big kids!

If you haven’t celebrated Halloween before, never fear — or do; it’s kind of the point — we’ve got your go-to guide on getting into the spooky spirit.

If you’re planning on trick or treating, why not ask your neighbours if they are ‘doing’ Halloween this year on Wednesday, October 31. Why not help each other out, and print out a pile of brief letters, complete with a large image of a colourful pumpkin. Explain that if they’re participating they can hang the pumpkin image up on their mailbox, so if there’s no pumpkin your neighbours will know not to disturb you. 

Most importantly, organise some friends to join your children and of course a chaperone to hit the streets in search of goodies. 

Make sure you collect a stash of lollies ready for the ghosts, goblins, witches and fairies to collect. Wrapped treats are best, and nut-free is even better — think gummy worms, sour coke bottles and lollipops. Or perhaps some fruit! 

Check that your doorbell works, put up a decoration or two and have an outdoor light on if you’ve got one. And don’t forget your costume too! A onesie is always a great last-minute lazy costume to wear.

If your ideal Halloween is sitting inside watching scary movies in the dark with a bowl of popcorn and sugary treats, that’s OK too. Search through Netflix or dig out the DVDs and get ready for a frightening night in.  

And a movie night wouldn’t be complete without some Halloween-themed treats. Try your hand at baking creepy treats. Whip up some ghostly strawberries, blood splatter cookies, and chocolate mud pies with sour worms while you dance to classics like Thriller by Michael Jackson, the Ghostbusters theme or Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Or take it to the next level and learn how to carve a jack-o’-lantern! 

For Halloween festivities, we can’t go past Sk8house’s Halloween party. It’s on Saturday, October 26, from 6-9pm at 3/2 Amayla Cres, Carrum Downs. In addition to prizes for best-dressed, it will be a night full of music, fun and games. It’s $12 entry and $3 for skate hire. You’ll have a night to be remembered as you boogie the night away to the Monster Mash, Time Warp and more.

If you get dressed up, please tag us on Instagram @mornpenmag. We’ll share our favourites! 

KATE SEARS

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