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Ideas for Halloween - How to celebrate in a global pandemic

9. October 2020, EVENTS, TIPS

FOOD & DRINK

You may not be wildin’ out with a party this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some themed treats for the occasion!  Below you’ll find some easy recipes to satisfy your sweet and savory cravings without breaking the bank.

Spooky ghost cookies

This recipe requires nothing other than some basic cookie dough (store-bought or freshly baked), royal icing and chocolate icing. Take a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to your dough and form your cookies. Pop it in the oven as instructed. Once baked through, frost each cookie with your royal icing and then finish with the chocolate icing to form the eyes and a mouth. Quick, cheap and simple!

 

Cheese-stuffed Mummy Jalapeños

If you’re planning on wearing a costume, why shouldn’t your food? Cut the Jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Fill the halves with cream cheese. Take some crescent roll dough (or similar), cut it into thin ‘bandage-like’ pieces and wrap around each Jalapeño half to mummify. Bake in a preheated oven at 190ᵒC for 15 minutes. Let cool, and then use peas to create the eyes.

 

 

Pumpkin cheesecake dip

INGREDIENTS

  • 220 grams cream cheese
  • 420 grams canned pumpkin (puree)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 pumpkin

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut off the top of the pumpkin and scoop and scrape out the meat delicately so as to not damage the shell, then set aside.
Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl and beat (either with an electric mixer or with a whisk) until creamy.
Cover the bowl with plastic cling wrap and put in the fridge to cool for 2 hours.
Fill the pumpkin with the dip and serve with crackers or cookies!

Witch´s Brew cocktail

Spinnennetz vor schwarzem Hintergrund

INGREDIENTS

  • 220 grams cream cheese
  • 420 grams canned pumpkin (puree)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 pumpkin

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut off the top of the pumpkin and scoop and scrape out the meat delicately so as to not damage the shell, then set aside.
Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl and beat (either with an electric mixer or with a whisk) until creamy.
Cover the bowl with plastic cling wrap and put in the fridge to cool for 2 hours.
Fill the pumpkin with the dip and serve with crackers or cookies!

DECORATIONS

Food´s sorted, now off to some spooooky decorations!

Carved pumpkins

Halloween wouldn´t be Halloween without carved pumpkins. For some of the most creative ideas on carving pumpkins, head over to Pinterest or WeHeartIt to get inspired. You can carve them, paint them, dip them in glitter, whatever suits your style best!

Get carvin´!

Ein Halloween Kürbis wo Rauch austritt

Spiders and spiderwebs

Another main component of EVERY Halloween decoration setup of : Spiders. You can buy little plastic spiders and fake spiderwebs in DIY stores, or even make the spiders at home using different materials, depending on the look you´re going for (for example, pumpkins and branches, wires and fuzzy fabric etc. ). So go ahead and fill every corner of your home with big webs and spiders to loom over your head!

 

 

Ghost balloons

Blow up some white balloons. Get a permanent black marker and draw ghostly faces on the balloons. Attach white crepe paper to the bottom of balloons for maximum effect, then place balloons to firm surfaces with some white strings and let your ghosts float be free to roam the ‘in-between’.

 

 

Halloween candle holders

Get some old glass bottles, spray paint them with black paint, stick tapered candles in the top and you have lights that look straight out of Dracula’s castle. Quick, easy, effective!

 

 

Creepy mirror messages

Want to have a spooky atmosphere in your bathroom as well? We´ve got you covered. Just use some flaming red lipstick and write out a creepy message of your choice on the mirror. For extra effect, use a neon lipstick that glows in the dark.

 

 

COSTUMES

Want to get dressed up because…‘you dress up for YOURSELF and nobody else’? Here are some ideas to get you going.

Group costumes

Gather your group of friends for a zoom call, wearing a group costume! That’ll be a screenshot to remember. Here you can have THE MOST fun exploring different options. What are you going to be? The Spice Girls? The Avengers? The Flintstones? M&Ms? Hamburger ingredients? The possibilities are endless!

Most of the time, these costumes end up being DIY which always adds a special flair.

 

 

Eine Gruppe verkleideter Personen zu Halloween

DIY

If you´re looking for a costume that won´t break the bank, go DIY!

Here you can take the classics such as cowboy, cat, policeman, clown (the list goes on..), or you can, fore example, dress up as some of your favorite and most iconic sitcom characters (Steve Urkel from Family Matters, Rachel Green from Friends, or just wear a blazer inside out to get a Will Smith from Fresh Prince look)!

 

 

Store-bought

If you´re looking for more specific and hard to recreate costumes and have some extra money to spend, there are all sorts of different ways to buy your costumes either in costume stores or online.

That way you can find officially licensed costumes of your favorite cartoon, movie, video game characters and many more!

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Here are some tips on how to get your dose of Halloween-related entertainment!

Best Costume Awards

While October isn´t exactly award season, you can still hold your own Best Costume Awards!

Create a few categories (for example Scariest Costume, Best Couples Costume etc.), send out invitations, book a ‘host’, or in this case you, and host an online costume award show after letting your participants show off their look via home-improvised catwalk, of course.

 

 

Pumpkin Patch Hunting

If you’re a fan of Autumn in general, go check out a Pumpkin Patch! These are normally owned by local farmers and they will most likely have other seasonal fruits and vegetables available for purchase.

Take a nice walk, try some goodies and maybe even pick up a pumpkin while you’re at it.

 

 

Murder Mystery Game

This game is always fun to play, but it was made for this time of the year.

  • Once your guests arrive via Zoom or other video platform, assign them parts as characters in a murder story.
  • Allow each character 5 minutes to conjure up a costume and get to solving the mystery!
  • Dark lighting, candles and a glass of red wine make for additional ambiance.

 

 

Selfie Game

Invite your friends to take a creative Halloween selfie and post it on Instagram with a spooky hashtag.

Whoever gets the most likes is the winner – and has to throw next year´s Halloween party!

 

 

Nikolina

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Nikolina is our Sales and Marketing Intern. She´s an old soul who spends her free time listening to Sinatra and watching old movies. Her dream is to move to New York and make a career in show business.

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