Sep 18th 2014

Halloween Parties with a Difference

Halloween Parties with a Difference

So, the children are back at school and there’s a noticeable nip in the air.  Before we know it, it’ll be Christmas, but I think there’s room to squeeze in a good party before then and what better excuse than Halloween!!  Take a look at some of my ideas on how to host a Halloween parties with a difference – ditch the ghosts, zombies and wizards in favour of a very stylish, spooky Day of The Dead Party….. your children will love you!

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is the Mexican tradition, celebrated from 31 October to 2 November, of remembering loved ones who have died – sounds sombre?  Not at all, this is a vibrant celebration and perfect for a party.

Halloween Parties with a Difference

The main motif of The Day of the Dead is the adorned and patterned skull of a Mexican lady.  It’s a very striking image and should be incorporated into all design aspects of your event – especially the invitations. If you can, opt for a professional laser cut design – perhaps something that can be opened out into a 3D skull.  Don’t forget this invitation will be setting the tone for your party – if you want this to be a full on fancy dress-fest, here is your chance to make that clear. And send them out early, the more notice you give, the better the fancy dress – and with this theme, people can really go to town!

For your Halloween Parties with a Difference, go all out on colour for your decoration.  Most Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations have, as their centre-piece, an altar festooned with bright flowers – I suggest using lots and lots of huge tissue paper pom-pom flowers to decorate your room, along with paper bunting and plenty of life-sized skeletons.  Keep lighting low level by with pierced metal lanterns and flickering votive candles (LED ones are ideal), to create that slightly macabre feeling.

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Greet your friends with a bespoke fruit punch served, of course from a cauldron.  To keep their drinks cold, offer worm-infested ice cubes (jelly worms of course!) and be sure to capture their expressions for Instagram as the ice melts!

Food-wise, I recommend staying totally Mexican.  Hire in an authentic street cart to serve up delicious empanadas, mini burritos and filled tacos – delicious, fun and totally on-trend!  Younger guests will enjoy heaping corn tortillas with toxic slime (guacamole), squashed frog sauce (salsa) and witches teeth (sweetcorn). 

   Halloween Parties with a Difference

Dessert of course is equally important.  Something that will appeal to everyone is churros.  These delicious sugared donut-like sticks can be shaped like bones for added amusement!  Dipped in thick hot chocolate, they are the perfect end to a Latino meal.

No Day of the Dead celebration is complete without some sugar skulls.  These decorative treats are made of icing and are ornamented with intricate patterns in glitter, sequins, foil and jewels.  You can either set up a creative area where guests can decorate their own, or they make a great party bag gift along with a selection of Day of the Dead temporary tattoos.