Halloween is almost upon us, and that means letting some real fun frolic throughout your household. The kids will love setting the lights low and digging their hands into the popcorn bowl, and getting the decor looking as spooky as possible. Then it comes to picking the perfect movies: a good cartoon to start off, and then a true horror fest once the kids have gone to bed. So, how can you make yourself the perfect movie marathon? Here’s a few ideas.
The Initial Setup
If you don’t have the room in a spare bedroom, or just the corner of the living room, use your original setup and spread some fake cobwebs out over the top of the TV. Move the couches closer, and even build yourself a cozy fort to hide in; that’s one the kids will love especially! There’s nothing like reclining in your own little house made entirely of cushions, blankets, and pillows with some popcorn or the trick or treating haul.
If you do have the room, you can set up a modern entertainment centre when you have the right equipment, and it’s not too late to find yourself a good pair of speakers to buffer the screen. Get nice and cozy in front of it for the rest of the night by snuggling up together, and creating your own blanket hoodie.
Hang Up Ghosts and Ghoulies
Making your own decorations can turn the day and night into a fun-filled feature for the whole family, and really let your kids’ creativity go wild. Buy some craftable items in bulk and have a sit down for a few hours, letting any other stress be channeled into scribbling all over a pumpkin’s skin.
To really compound the terror of the night, and to be a little more gentle when you have young kids, hang up some decorations they made themselves in your own mini theatre. Paper plate pumpkin faces, pipe cleaner spider legs, and some old sheets for some real size ghosts to go over the windows. You can also make some lanterns out of old milk cartons and put some fairy lights inside, letting those surprised unearthly faces light up with excitement.
Making the Perfect Snacks
It’s time to break out the old cookbook at the back of the cupboard and think of the modern twists you can put on them. Flipping through the yellowed pages is spooky enough, so mix together those shortbread fingers and cut them into the shape of teeth for vampire fangs.
Of course popcorn is a staple here, and the classic sweet vs salty is still running strong. However, put a bit of spin on it by making some salted caramel popcorn or some white chocolate coated creations. They taste delicious and can be whipped up in huge batches; but don’t let little hands pig out on them too much!
Halloween only comes round once a year, and there’s plenty to do when it gets here; a movie marathon is best!