I must admit that I’m a pretty late bloomer when it comes to Halloween. Being such an American tradition, we didn’t celebrate it in Australia when I was growing up. Watching Halloween specials of the Cosby Show, Roseanne (yes, I confess), the Simpsons and Beverly Hills 90210 was about as spooky as it got around the 31st October in my very Aussie neighbourhood.
Now, I am loving Halloween. There isn’t a more fun, strictly for celebration purposes only, party time during the year than the end of October. You know we’re on the downhill run to Christmas when we start planning spooky parties. You know its Spring time and the flowers are blooming and our gardens are happy when we’re looking to replace our real spider webs (god-forbid) with massive fake ones. You know that it’s Halloween when Big W, Coles and Woolies are packed to the rafters with plastic pumpkins, lollies in all hideous shapes, colours and sizes, and we’re looking for the best costumes around to wear to the best Halloween party we’ve been invited to.
For the Best Halloween Theme Ideas and Inspirations, look no further than the incredible Hostess with the Mostess. Featuring gorgeous images (the two images above are from this site) and ideas ranging from childish to feminine, this is the go-to website for great ideas for planning a seriously styling Halloween bash. I particularly love the Ghouls Night Halloween Bash featuring hot pink and bling as the central theme.
Now, when Martha Stewart calls her website Halloween Central, you know you’ve found the right place for great do-it-yourself tips, craft ideas, menu planning and inspiration to create a truly special Halloween celebration. While we are unlikely to bake a pumpkin pie here in Australia, the ghoulish menus, fantastic cupcakes, decorating ideas and crafts are just spectacular. Don’t forget to sign up for the Halloween Workshop which will give you free ideas and planning tips in a newsletter format straight to your inbox daily. Brilliant.
For spectacular kids costumes for Halloween, the girls at My Make Believe have the most incredible selection you can imagine. Is your little one a miniature jack-o-lantern? Maybe more a black cat? Or a not-so-traditional type such as a feminine flamingo? These costumes really do make me want to go trick-or-treating with the kids! And this Aussie company is stocked up ready for your Halloween orders.
For cheap adult costumes, visit online stores such as Party Costumes or your local party hire shop. In my mind, it’s much more fun to make your own with an unlimited imagination and plenty of late nights with a bottle of vino, your sewing kit and re-runs of 90210 Halloween specials!
And, to decorate your Halloween bash, there’s no better place than Australia’s number one online celebration and party shop, Pink Frosting. We’ve got some amazingly spooky and fun Halloween decorations, invitations, accessories, favours, games and cupcake decorations to help you bring your Halloween dreams to life!
Now, I’m not sure what your local area is like but I know many buildings host their own Trick-Or-Treat schedule where a kind volunteer organises which apartments are happy to see trick-or-treating children and provide them with yummy Halloween candy. If you’re one of the lucky ones where it’s safe and organised to let your kids trick-or-treat, the best places online to buy lollies are Goody Goody Gumdrops and Wallies Lollies.
Go on, have some fun at work, with your friends and family this Halloween. For no other reason than to have fun!