Halloween Inspiration: Our Top 5 Essentials

The dark nights are creeping in, and it’s almost time to be going out to the store to grab recipe ingredients, face paints, and all-things-scary! Next thing you know, it will be time to start collecting wood, ready for a Bonfire Night (5th November). This year is going to be a largely celebrated occasion. After all, we have last year’s Halloween Season to catch up on!

We’ll be talking all-things-Halloween, including décor, face paints, costumes, recipes, and party ideas. There’s nothing more exciting than grabbing some seasonal inspo and making your aesthetically spooky dreams come true.

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1. Interior Decor

First, we need to discuss the interior décor we’re all going to be filling our houses with. Decorating the inside of our homes has become one of the biggest trends since taking pictures of our breakfasts. While showing off our coffees and avocado on toast is still a thing, it’s not quite as popular as showing off our new interior design purchases and transformations! We’ve had a lot more time over the past twelve months to give our homes that much-needed glow-up, and we’re not about to stop paying attention to them now.

October season gives us many reasons to decorate the house. The trends are beautifully Autumnal and warm, which is just what we need as the weather gets colder closer to Winter. And when it comes to Halloween time, our little ones return home with more than enough Halloween-inspired pictures and paintings. (To all parents out there, we know what your fridge looks like!)

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This Home Halloween Decor from The Range has our ideas flowing in all directions! They have all sorts of ideas for home owners of all ages. And, Etsy is an online store you can always count on to have unique and inivative ideas for seasons like this one. Their Halloween Home Decor collection is to die for. Let’s get the eerie inspiration flowing and join in with the Halloween décor like never before!

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2. Exterior Decor

When it comes to exterior décor, the possibilities are endless. You can go subtle with a few pumpkins of different colours, or you can go all out with cobwebs, spiders, ghosts, mummies, and spooky lanterns. Make your house aesthetically Halloween-inspired this October, spread it over the front door and all over your garden. Your little ones will be begging to get their mates to trick or treat at the scariest, most decorated house in the area!

We suggest opting for the ‘going all out’ route! Let your imagination fly and inspire the street with some spectacularly spooky décor. Pop to the shops and grab yourself some pumpkins, trick or treat bowls, and even a Halloween Standing Headless Butler from Aldi! Get the neighbours talking with some spine-chilling exterior inspiration, and soak up the glory this Halloween.

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3. Face paints

One of the first things we prepare for Halloween is our costume and face paint ideas. The face paints alone can be the making of your Halloween costume. Before you go ahead with any tutorials or DIY spooky make-up guides, make sure you are at the ready with face paint, sponges, and brushes. There are some brilliant face paints and cosmetics from The Range that are perfect for this year’s Halloween efforts. These tools will allow you to go above and beyond with your spooky face transformation!

A super helpful place to find face paint ideas is Argos. Give these scary face paint ideas a try, and remember to add your own, personal and creative touch to each option with different patterns, extra colour, and glitter. Our favourite has to be the Halloween Witch Make-up as there’s no harm in showing off your sparkle as well as scaring the people in your local area for the night!

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4. Costumes

Now that you're all kitted out with face paint ideas, you’ll be halfway towards completing your dark and sinister look. If you’re ready to take the plunge and go all out this Halloween, then you're definitely in the right place for some brilliant costume ideas. If you’d like to stick with the face paint but would like to dabble in the Halloween outfit options, Shein is the place for you. This Halloween Pumpkin and Spiderweb Print Lantern Sleeve Dress is everything to do with Halloween, without the face paint down your leg or the sacrificed white shirt covered in fake blood.

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However, if you’re going all out, get ready for the big guns! Smiffys offer costumes like no other! Smiffys cover Zombies, Clowns, Fairytales, Vampires, Skeletons, Witches, Ghosts, Devils, Grim Reapers, Voodoo, Mummies, Werewolves and even group costume collections for you, friends, and family. Check out this Freaky Twin Costume - grab your best pal and only speak in The Shining references all night!

And for the kids? Check out Party Delights and their brilliant range of costumes. They offer easy, fun Halloween Costumes, catering for babies, toddlers and children of all ages. From masks to the whole shebang!

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5. Recipes

This time of year, is a great time to explore adventurous and creative recipes. Whether you’re getting the little ones involved or not, we’ve got endless options when it comes to Halloween Recipes. We’ve had Bake Off feeding us inspiration every Tuesday, and National Chocolate Week (14-19th October) inspired us all to think more Chocolate (like we need it when it comes to hibernating and piling on our winter coats). Without a doubt, we’ll be indulging in some spooky food ideas over the next few months, so let’s get ourselves started!

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Pumpkin-spiced Scones with seeds on top.

For savoury options, we have a few favourites. You have to try this Spooky Stuffed Peppers with Pine Nuts Recipe - the recipe takes an hour to prep and cook and serves four! Another savoury, must-have recipe is the Healthy Halloween Air Fryer Bat Nachos. This recipe includes Avocado, a crunchy texture and is delicious: the perfect dish to serve at your 2021 Halloween party! Our Halloween Pumpkin-spiced Scones Recipe is also a knockout dish for any ghoulish gatherings you’re attending this October. This recipe takes only twenty-seven minutes to prep and cook and serves twenty-five people.

You’ll be the spookiest and most sensational Halloween host there ever was!

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Now, for dessert recipes, you’re in for a (trick or) treat. We are in love with this Halloween Spooky Spider Biscuits Recipe, not only for the taste but for the twenty servings! This recipe guarantee’s that you end up with visually impressive spider biscuits every time. Plus, you can get your little ones involved and snack on Maltesers along the way. We also believe this Grill Chocolate Brownie Recipe is another dessert you won’t regret trying and tasting! Our Stealth Grill enables you to perfect that chocolate crunch every time. White and Dark Chocolate mixed? What’s not to love!

And, if you can’t choose between a sweet and savoury dish, then get your hands on this Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. Melt, pour, blend, drizzle and, you’re welcome.

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And, if you’re feeling ready to start detoxing, we’ve got you covered. This Scary Bug Smoothies Recipe is still gory-looking to fit in with the Halloween theme but lovely and fruit-filled to make a change from the snacks and treats we’re all guilty for eating throughout this season! While we’re on the topic of drinks, this Dracula Blood Punch Recipe might be handy for you if you’re staying put in the Halloween party mood. Spook like you mean it!

Show us Your Halloween Inspiration!

So, now that you’re fed, watered, and face painted, you’re ready and set with all the Halloween Inspiration that you need. The Halloween season won’t know what’s hit it when you and your loved ones show your house, face, costume and party décor off. Get ready and head to the shops to get yourself kitted out because this guide should have you in the Halloween mood more than ever. Remember to stay ghoul and enjoy yourselves!

We can’t wait to see you try out these recipes with your Swan items at hand. Make sure to post any recipes or Halloween tips and hacks into our Swan Big Family Page on Facebook. We’d love to have you join our community for plenty more Swan-spiration.

We wish you a brilliant Halloween from everyone here at Swan.

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