Boo! One of our very favourite special occasions of the year is Halloween. There is something oddly delightful about startling your soul with a great horror movie or the insatiate need to read scary book after scary book. And the candy! Who could complain about candy?! Speaking of treats, we might have one for YOU! Make sure you read right to the bottom so you can fill in your details for a trick or treat from us!
Halloween also comes with the onus of decking yourself and the kids (if you have ‘em) out in the creepiest costumes, popping out the party supplies and Halloween house décor, and providing the best damn candy to all the kids in the neighbourhood. Whether you’re celebrating up large or settling in for a wildly thrilling night on the couch, we know exactly where you can find all of the best spooky paraphernalia this year….
Shock horror; it’s at Sylvia Park!
Even if you’re more into glam than gore, Hallow’s Eve is still something to be celebrated. We’re loving these cute nail art looks – they’re pretty and dainty and unlikely to cause any bloodcurdling screaming. We also love the idea of cute zombies or ghosts! If you want to try something a little darker, ask for long black stiletto acrylics.
You can get your nails done at Art of Nails, Nail Studio & Spa or ProfessioNail – just show the teams an inspiration picture and let them do the magic!
If looking ghoulishly cool is on the agenda, you’re going to NEED a costume. Sometimes it’s no easy feat to find the right items at the right prices, so we’ve compiled some ideas for you, so you know exactly where to go. From budget-friendly props, makeup and face paint, make sure you check out 2 Cheap and The Warehouse. Doing your makeup at home is easy if you’ve found the right look. Here are some of our favourites below – you can even pick up artificial flowers to make your own flower crown too, if you’re doing ‘day of the dead’ makeup!
a. Vampire teeth | b. Face paint kit | c. Ghoulish make up kit – all from The Warehouse
There aren’t many things more relaxing and enjoyable that a hot bath, but it’s so much more fun when it’s a special occasion. Make way for the Halloween range from LUSH! Take in the scent of baking with sweet pumpkin pie and cinnamon (the pumpkin bath bomb, our personal favourite) plus a whole range of deliciously different smells. Try the cat one (Bewitched) for the blackest of baths reserved for this blackest night of the year.
a. Pumpkin bath bomb | b. Monster bath bomb | c. Bewitched bath bomb – all limited edition from LUSH
Cobweb brownies, Jack Skellington cake pops, “poisoned” candy apples…. There are so many yummy and shareable snacks to make for Halloween parties and wow friends and family. Hey, even if your night involves just a spine-chilling novel or cinema classic, you’re still going to need something sweet to get you through the scariest bits. Our favourite are these cute zombie cookies (you could even substitute these as mummys or vampires!) and these easy-peasy “blood” popsicles
a. Bayly & Collus plates in black and quail | b. Koji by Zoku icepop molds | c. Capital Kitchen cookie cutters family – all from Stevens
Trick or treat! If you don’t have a trick up your sleeve, lollies always go down a treat for the little ghosts and ghouls that show up on your doorstep. Mixed lolly bags are the way to go, and at 2 for $5, we recommend the Pascall lolly scramble on a pretty sweet special at Countdown. Experimenting with some beastly baking? Try some Neon Sugar for out-of-this world cakes and brownies, and strawberry dessert sauce for some gruesome-looking ice cream.
a. Pascall lolly scramble | b. Neon Sugar | c. Strawberry flavoured topping – all from Countdown
Are you the kind of person that reaaaally likes scary interactive activities? Here’s a tried and tested “favourite” of ours… The Evil Within game for Xbox, PS4 and PC. It’s truly downright terrifying, and we applaud you if you manage to make it through the first mission. Seriously, this one is not for the faint hearted! Full of jump scares, blood and gore, this is the most perfect activity for those partaking in Halloween activities. It’s on sale now for $29. You probably don’t want to play it alone though….
For fans of this formidable R18 feature, its sequel is coming out soon and you can preorder it at EB Games. If creepily cute collectable characters are more your cup of tea, we love the Annabelle Pop! Vinyl figure, but you can also collect Norman Bates, Carrie and Bride of Chucky.
a. Annabelle Pop! Vinyl collectible | b. The Evil Within (PS4) | c. The Evil Within (XBox) – all from EB Games
Cuddle up with a special someone or have the crew around for a “sleepover”. Who are we kidding – you’re definitely not sleeping after watching these! Dive into a decent horror/thriller – there’s just no better night of the year for it! The Amityville Horror is an icon for horror fans, with the perfect mixture of jump scares and bloodcurdling fear. The supposed true story of this haunted house with a sinister history will shake you to the core, but you won’t be able to stop watching. We’re also really excited about season six of American Horror Story, a new release to JB Hi-Fi.
a. The Amityville Horror | b. American Horror Story, season 6 | c. The Walking Dead – all from JB Hi-Fi
There’s nothing scarier than a book you can’t put down. These unnerving novels might put you in an early grave, but luckily Whitcoulls has a fantastic range of not-so-scary Halloween history reads for kids (and you!) if you’d rather fall asleep later on. Any book in the Goosebumps series by RL Stine are absolute childrens’ classics, and Halloween is THE best night to sink your teeth into a new one. Stephen King’s IT has also resurfaced in cinemas recently, so if killer clowns get your pulse racing, dive into this old classic for a truly eerie read.
a. IT by Stephen King | b. There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbours’ Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya | c. Goosebumps; The Horror at Camp Jellyjam by RL Stine – all from Whitcoulls
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