Published on October 28th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw0
Halloween Tricks and Treats
As Halloween takes place next Monday, many of us will be celebrating early over the weekend. With just a few creative tricks you can treat yourself, friends and family to a bewitching Halloween.
Black and Orange Halloween Theme
Black and orange provides the perfect colour scheme for Halloween. Although we may associate these as contemporary Halloween colours, the origins go back much further. Over 2,000 years ago the Celts would light bonfires and wear black clothing to ward off ghosts. Jack-o-Lanterns carved from turnips and potatoes originated in Ireland. When the Irish migrated to the United States the tradition followed them with pumpkins being carved instead.
If you are planning a Halloween party over the next few days, why not use the black and orange theme? Apart from carved pumpkin lanterns; Halloween decorations, face painting, costumes and food can all follow the gloriously ghoulish theme.
How about some Halloween brownies with orange icing? Or maybe some Halloween cookies?
Get Spooky with Sharpie Pens
A set of Sharpie markers always comes in handy for any arts and crafts, as we covered in Top Ten Sharpie Arts and Crafts Ideas. The Sharpie’s 80’s Glam Fine Permanent Markers come into their own at Halloween. Decorate balloons, Paper plates, spooky masks and glass sweetie jars in black, orange and maybe a touch paranormal purple!
Pumpkins don’t always have to be carved. Black Sharpie pens are a great alternative and can be used to create stunning pumpkin designs. They are a great way for children too young for pumpkin carving to get involved in the celebrations too.
If decorating a pumpkin is a little daunting, how about downsizing? A satsuma makes a great mini pumpkin so why not decorate a few and create a great display piece for your Halloween party?
Stock Up on Sweets
Rather than putting all your sweets in a bowl or bucket, be a little more wicked. Get some clear plastic or latex gloves and fill each one with sweets. Tie with ribbon to keep the sweets in place. Now you are ready to give your Halloween guests a hand.