A quintessentially American tradition, the fun and spookiness of Halloween has spread across the globe to the shores of South Africa.
Safa’s love a good Halloween party, along with dressing up in costume and decorating their houses for the occasion.
If you plan on celebrating the scary ‘holiday’ this year, here are a few creative (and quick and easy) ideas of how to create a spooky ambience in your home.
A pumpkin candy holder
Pumpkins are all the rage on Halloween and you can do so much with them. A clever idea is to turn one into a candy holder. Simply cut a circle onto the front side of the pumpkin and scrape out the insides until there is a generous-sized hole in the middle. Ensure that the inside of hole is as neat and even as you can get it, and then line with parchment paper so that the flesh of the pumpkin is covered. Fill with sweets and candy just as you would a normal bowl. You can line the circumference of the hole with decorative rope or ribbon to finish off the look.
Scare your guests with a giant spider that’s quick and easy to create. Blow up two black balloons - one normal size and one small. Use the large balloon as the body and the smaller balloon for the head. Tie the two balloons together to form the spider. Use 8 strips of black faux fur as the legs and stick in place onto the balloons. You can also stick plastic eyes onto the big balloon for a more eerie look.
Create spooky fog
Fog just creates a creepy ambiance. Add dry ice into a bowl, pour hot water over it and watch as the fog envelops the room. If you can get you hands on a cast-iron Dutch oven (the one we normally see witches use in cartoons), it’ll make the decoration even that much more realistic.
Adding decorations over store-bought cakes will make your guests think you’re the hostess with the mostest. A spiderweb cake, simple transfer white icing into a piping bag and pipe over the cake in a spiderweb pattern. Top with toy spiders for the finishing touch.
Eerie living room
Give your living room a haunted vibe by draping all your furniture with white sheets. There’s just something morbid about white sheets out of their element.