Halloween Movies

To get into the Halloween spirit, why not watch a few Halloween movies? Don't worry, these aren't scary movies like Nightmare On Elm Street or Friday The 13th. Instead, these movies will delight the whole family with fun, laughter and maybe even a few tears. They will also teach the kids a few lessons about family, friendship and why these matter so much. So, put those phones and tablets away, grab some popcorn and get in the eerie spirit.

Find our favourite family friendly Halloween movies here.

Halloween Decorations

For a close to authentic Halloween party, you're going to need some decorations. Unfortunately, decorations for any event can be pretty pricey and low quality. So why not DIY them? The kids can be kept busy for hours making their own decorations to scare even the bravest. Floating lights, potion bottles, creepy bats, ickish slime, spine-tingling ghosts and fearsome spiders will bring the terror to the party. And they can all be made with items you probably already have in your home.

Find our Halloween decor ideas here.

Halloween Treats

Another must for any Halloween party is some themed snacks. Crafting Halloween inspired food that is still edible can be a little tricky, but not impossible. We have found a variety of delicious recipes that will really go down a treat. From a witch's cauldron and eyeballs to a cemetery cake and edible brains, we've got you covered with sweet and savoury delicacies. And these treats are so easy to make, even the kids can do it.

Find our Halloween spooky recipes here.

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Halloween Costumes

And finally, the costumes. No Halloween party would be complete without a little dress-up. But finding costumes for every member of the family that fits together can be tough, especially when the kids have diverse tastes. So we found a whole bunch of costumes ideas, perfect for the whole family no matter the size, shape and number. While you may need to purchase a few items, try to use clothes you already have or DIY it. Remember, make-up and face paint can be a handy helper.

Find our family Halloween costume ideas here.

Halloween Events

Planning a Halloween event for the kids may still feel like too much effort, even after reading our helpful guides. And that's okay. After sitting in traffic, working all day, feeding the flock and raising kids, you're allowed to take a break. Instead, you can treat the kids to an event that's already been planned, by someone else. We found the most exciting, spine-chilling, nerve-wracking family Halloween events in the city. From trick or treating to big screen movies and haunted houses, your entire family will have a blast.

Find our family Halloween events here

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What are your family's plans for Halloween? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Halloween

This film series currently has 11 films, with another two due to be released in 2020 and 2021. The films, apart from Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch, all follow the life of Mike Myers as he tries to murder his last remaining relative on Halloween. As with most scary movies, the antagonist is somewhat impossible to kill, while the protagonists are seemingly oblivious. The long line of slasher films make for great Halloween entertainment, for those brave enough to watch them all.

Hocus Pocus

This 1993 comedy-horror film follows three witch sisters as they try to retain their youth by stealing the life force of little children. Their plan is thwarted by the townspeople of Salem, Massachusetts. In order to save themselves, they cast a spell that will resurrect them in the future. 300 years later on Halloween, a young boy, Max, unknowingly completes the spell. The witches are brought back to life and terrorise the town and it's up to Max and his friends to save it.

Trick 'r Treat

Trick 'r Treat is an anthology horror film that follows the stories of a husband and wife, a school principal and his family, a new girl in town and a savant with a group of friends in the town of Warren Valley, Ohio. A participant in each group breaks a Halloween tradition and pays the ultimate price. All while Sam, an omnimous trick-or-treater in a burlap sack, watches from afar.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion animation from 1993. The name may mention Christmas, but we feel it's Halloween appropriate too. The story follows Jack Skellington, who resides in the fictional Halloween Town. The residents of this spooky town spend their entire year planning an exceptional Halloween event. But Jack, the unofficial town leader, longs for something more. He stumbles upon Christmas Town and attempts to take over the Christmas event. But things go awry and Jack must learn to accept who and what he is so he can save Christmas.

It

Based on the Stephan King novel of the same name, It is a re-adaption of the 1990 miniseries. In 1988, in the small town of Derry, Bill Denbrough's brother, Georgie, goes missing. But he's not the first, nor the last child to have disappeared. With crime levels at its peak, a long line of missing children and unconcerned adults, Bill and his friends go in search of the sinister creature responsible for all the crime in Derry - a malicious clown. The sequel, It: Chapter 2, was released on 6 September 2019 and will follow Bill Denbrough and his friends, who return home as adults to save their town.

The Crow

On Devil's Night (30 October) in Detroit, young couple Eric and Shelly are attacked by criminals. Shelly is raped and murdered, while Eric gets beaten to death. A year later, a crow awakens Eric's corpse and he returns to life. Eric has flashbacks of his last moments alive and goes on a journey to avenge his lost love with the help of the supernatural crow. But, the cop investigating Eric and Shelly's deaths is on Eric's tail. This 1994 film makes for a chilling action-packed experience that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko has a stellar cast of actors including Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the titular role of Donnie Darko, who sleepwalks and sees a grotesque rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will soon end. Odd events occur in the town, such as the school being flooded and a local motivational public speaker's house burning down. Donnie is unknowingly responsible for these events, under the influence of Frank. Events spiral and Donnie meets the real Frank, loses his girlfriend and travels back in time to save those he loves.

Sleepy Hollow

In 1799, the town of Sleepy Hollow has been troubled by a series of deaths. All the victims were beheaded. Constable Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate these deaths. The town elders inform him that the murderer is an undead horseman. The constable believes this to be fantasy and begins his investigations. However, after witnessing the horseman himself, constable Ichabod discovers that the horseman is being controlled by someone else and sets about finding out who that someone is.

What is your favourite old school Halloween movie? Let us know in the comments section below. 

The Addams Family

The options for The Addams Family dress up are almost endless, as there are so many fun and quirky characters. From the parents, Moticia and Gomez, to the wacky Grandmama, odd Uncle Fester and furry cousin Itt. Wear a black and white striped suit, with a thin drawn on mustache for Gomez, a tight black dress with a long black wig for Moticia, a black dress with two braids for Wednesday, and don't forget a hand prop to represent Thing!

Frozen

Six years after this Disney movie was released, it still remains a hit for children world wide. And with the much anticipated second movie set to be released in November, 2019, it's bound to become an even bigger hit. Your little ones will be demanding to dress as their favourite characters such as Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and the adorable reindeer, Sven.

The Wizard of Oz

This is a fun dress up for the whole family. Family members can choose to dress as the Wicked Witch, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, the Wizard of Oz or even as a few Munchkins. You can also include the family dog, as the ever loyal Toto. You can base these costumes on either the original L. Frank Baum book, the 1939 film or the 2013 Oz the great and powerful.

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Alice in Wonderland

Over 150 years later, and this children's book is still a favourite among children and adults alike. Dress up options from this book and film includes the titular character, Alice. Other options are The Red Queen, Mad Hatter, White Queen, The Knave, The March Hare, Absolem, The Cheshire Cat and The White Rabbit. For an extra touch, add decor such as tea cups, bottles with 'Drink Me' labels, 'Eat Me' cakes, mushrooms and pocket watches.

Scooby Doo

Growing up, most of us spent hours sitting too close to the T.V, singing along to the Scooby Doo theme song and wondering who was really the villain. This cartoon has managed to infiltrate all barriers of age, race, class and language. So it makes for a great dress up. Girly ladies will love dressing as Daphne, book nerds will adore being Welma whereas boys will fight over being Fred or Shaggy. There's even room for the family dogs as Scooby and Scrappy Doo. Your family will be sure to score plenty Scooby Snacks while trick or treating.

Pokémon

This is another dress up that will appeal to any family, no matter the size. Mom and Dad can dress up as Ash and Misty. While the kids can dress up as Pokémon. Our favourites include Pikachu, Charmander and Squirtle. If there are other adults or older children in the family, then include Brock, Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny. Alternatively, dress up as the villains, Jesse, James and their Pokémon Meowth. Pregnant mommies can even show off that gorgeous belly by dressing it up as a pokéball.

Minions

For a big group of friends or a large family, there is nothing as fun to dress up as than minions! All you need is a lot of yellow body paint and overalls. Halloween costumes, sorted. Not only is this incredibly easy, but it is also loads of fun. You can spend all night speaking gibberish and laughing ominously. Members of the family can also dress up as Gru, Dr Nefario, Margo, Agnes, Edith and Lucy.

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Hansel and Gretel

This fairy tale about kids finding, and eating, a house made of candy makes an ironic Halloween costume idea. For this, one family member can dress as the evil witch, two others as Hansel and Gretel and someone can even dress as a house made of candy. All this entails is a witch's costume (a green mask, long black dress and witch hat), a red t-shirt with denim overall for Hansel and a dirndl (German dress) for Gretel. For the candy house costume, simply construct a box shape with roof, out of cardboard and glue on an assortment of candy.

The Avengers

Do your little ones love superheroes and villains? Then why not dress up as their favourite Marvel characters? The family can be their own heroes by dressing up as The Avengers. Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider Man, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Hulk are just some of the characters you can dress up as. Alternatively, go as the Guardians of the Galaxy and dress up as Starlord, Gamora, Rocket or Groot.

Justice League

Not on team Marvel? Prefer DC Comics? Well then dress the family up as Batman, Superman, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman. Harley Quinn, The Joker, Green Lantern, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, Bane, Mr Penguin and Supergirl are other characters from the DC Comics universe that are great to dress up as.

The Justice League

Now that you know what you and your family will be dressing up as this Halloween, you'll need to find costume rental stores. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Check out where to get your Halloween costumes here.

Savoury Halloween Treats

Witch's Fingers

This Halloween treat is very simple to make. Simply cut some vienna sausages into finger length pieces. Cut a nail shaped indent out the top. Then make three slits half way down using a knife, being careful not to cut right through. Boil the sausages for a bit. To add to the look, cut some "nails" out of onion and attach to the sausage with tomato sauce. Check out Salty Canary for the recipe and instructions.

Spider Web Pizza

This pizza makes a wonderfully spooky dinner, or make mini pizzas for an adorably creepy starter. This recipe is made by loading tomato sauce onto a pizza base, with added cheese in the shape of a web. Make a creepy spider out of olives and place on the web. Woman's Day has an easy and convenient recipe.

Witch's Cauldron

This realistic looking cauldron is simply made of a cheese ball, rolled in poppy seeds and topped with mashed avo. To make it appear as if it's still brewing, place it on a few pretzel sticks with some sliced red, yellow and orange peppers to represent a fire. Kids will love this because it's tasty and healthy too. Find the recipe at Hungry Happenings.

Witch's Broomsticks

Most kids adore cheese and pretzels, so this recipe will go down a treat. And it looks great too. It is made by attaching a piece of semi hard cheese to a pretzel stick with a chive string. The flavours and textures go together perfectly. This may take some patience, so it's best to get older kids to help out. Get the details from Mom Foodie.

Eyeball Eggs

To make this, simply whip up a batch of deviled eggs, add a slice of olive and decorate with red pepper slivers. To make it even more spooky, add some avo, herbs or green food colouring to the egg yolk mixture and use green olives as the pupils. The Spruce Eats has a delicious recipe.

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Sweet Halloween Treats

Cemetery Cake

A cemetery cake is the ultimate Halloween dessert, for kids and adults alike. This chocolate cake is covered in cookie crumb "dirt" and scattered with meringue ghosts and biscuit grave stones. Add an extra touch with some jelly earthworms. But be warned, these look like the real deal.

Brain Cupcakes

For an ooey gooey Halloween treat, why not make a batch of icky brain cupcakes? These can be made with your favourite cupcake recipe or you can buy some ready made muffins. Then pipe some icing on and cover in pink syrup. As an alternative to the corn syrup, try using some warmed strawberry jam. The Simple - Sweet Life has a nifty tutorial.

Ghost Pops

These fearsome cake pops are bound to scare anyone. The recipe involves mixing cake crumbs with icing. This mixture is then shaped and dipped into white chocolate. Use chocolate or an edible black marker to draw on some frightening features and you have a chilling dessert. Find the recipe on Baking Mad.

Spider Cookies

Try these cookies if your Halloween isn't spine-chilling enough. The recipe uses ready made Oreos, but you can replace these with your own dark chocolate cookie recipe. Cut some black licorice into legs and attach these to the Oreo filling. Then glue some M&Ms to the cookie with some icing, and you have an unnerving treat.

Mummy Pastries

These mummy shaped pies are filled with peanut butter and jam. For this recipe, you'll need to make a simple pie crust, fill it with peanut butter and jam and then wrap it like a mummy. Once baked, attach some eyes. And your yummy, yet daunting, Halloween treats are ready.

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