Funniest celebrity Halloween costumes

clock Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 01:30PM

It’s always fun seeing celebrities get involved in the Halloween costume game.  They’ve got the big budgets, which is great as it means that they’re able to pull out all the stops.  Today, we’re going to take a look at some of our favourite celebrity Halloween costumes from the past few years.

Neil Patrick Harris as Frankenstein

There’s nothing not to like about the splendid NPH.  He’s lovely, funny, good-looking and he made How I Met Your Mother the show it was.  Last year, he and his equally lovely husband David Burtka attended a party last year in absolutely knockout Dracula and Frankenstein costumes.  Adorable stuff. 

Check out this cool costume here..

Katy Perry and BFF as Daria and Jane Lane

The divine Miss P and her buddy absolutely rocked these costumes last year.  Though it’s still relatively underground, Daria has been getting more and more popular in recent years, and it’s no real surprise that it made its way into such a noted celebrity’s eye-line.  Fair play to Katy; she and her friend nailed the look.

Check out this costume here...


Jason Biggs as Dorothy

Celebs are often afraid to really get into the spirit of things.  Sure, they’ll be in costume, but they’ll be in a hot or stylish one.  This makes Jason Biggs’ epic turn as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz just that little bit more awesome.  The American pie star absolutely knocked this costume out of the ball park, and even took the time to improvise a little Toto. Marvellous. 

Check out this cool costume here


Heidi Klum as an old women

In the list of biggest transformations, Heidi Klums definitely topped the list.  At her 14th annual Halloween party in New York, the stunning ex model managed to completely metamorphose into a scarily convincing old woman topped with wrinkles, spider veins and even a slight receding hairline.  You simply have to hand it to her for the sheer effort that must have gone into this one.

Check out heidi's cool costume here...

Nicole Richie (and friend) as twins

Legend has it that Twins was pitched to the studio simply as ‘Arnie and Danny Devito – Twins’, where upon the money was given.  Whether that’s true or not, you have to give kudos to whichever demented genius came up with the casting.  Nicole Richie and her friend nailed the look, with the diminutive Nicole rather unsurprisingly playing the Devito role.  But much prettier, obviously.

Check out Nicole and her friends costume here...

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Saw I

clock Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 04:30PM

You may not believe us, but it’s a decade since Saw I hit our cinema screens across the globe. In celebration of the film’s 10-year anniversary, Lionsgate has confirmed it is re-releasing the film to cinemas for one week only this Halloween.

The production was the first collaboration between co-creators, James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Since then, they’ve created the successful Insidious franchise and Wan has also gone on to direct high-profile box office hits such as The Conjuring and the upcoming Fast and Furious 7.

This psychological thriller has captured the imagination for Halloween revellers across the globe. The story focuses on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them.

The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw”, leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. However, the only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who was exactly behind their kidnapping.

In total, all seven Saw films have raked in more than $874 million at the box office worldwide. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records has awarded it the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time!

Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions at Lionsgate, said recently: “The launch of ‘Saw’ was a signature event in Lionsgate’s history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio.

“We are excited for our fans to revisit the twisted magic that first blew their minds on Halloween 2004.”

There’s no doubting that the Saw franchise has provided the horror genre with a major shot in the arm in the last decade. Blood and guts may not be to everyone’s taste at Halloween but at All Fancy Dress we’re always inundated with orders for our Saw outfits, so if you’re thinking of celebrating its 10th anniversary by dressing up as Jigsaw for this year’s Halloween bash you know where to come!

Watch the latest release trailer here


The five scariest vampire film villains

clock Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:31AM

Aaaah, vampires. They’re angry, hungry and in many cases weirdly stylish.  When done properly, they remain one of the creepiest characters in the fantasy canon. Today, we’re going to celebrate what we think are the five scariest vampire portrayals on the big screen.  Enjoy!

Kurt Barlow in ‘Salem’s Lot

One of the brilliant things about Kurt Barlow is that he’s gloriously uncomplicated.  There’s no glamour, poetry or tales of remorseful love here: Barlow is a vicious, dangerous, sadistic head-case with no interest in anything but inflicting pain and drinking blood. It says a lot for Stephen King’s characterisation that Barlow’s been interpreted as both a normal middle aged man and a nosferatu-style creature and managed to be equally freaky in both. 

Gary Oldman’s Dracula

Gary Oldman is awesome in practically everything, so it’s no surprise to see him appear on this list for comfortably the creepiest portrayal of Dracula in screen history.  Though there are romantic bits in this film, it’s when he’s licking blood off razors and portraying a horrible, bat-like creature that Oldman’s count is at his best.  And by best we mean ‘Oh God, get him away from me’.

Nosferatu’s Orlok

Back in the days before Twilight and True Blood made vampires all sexy, Nosferatu conjured up a nightmarish image of a vampire capable of keeping anybody awake at night.  Combining a ratty face, freaky long claws and a shuffling gait truly befitting a creature of the night, Orlok is a real vampire; no sparking here.

Marlow from 30 Days of Night

30 days was another great example of a film that didn’t give a monkeys about trying to make vampires cool. The fanged killers in this film are more sharks than people, focused purely on killing – violently.  Their head honcho, Marlow, is an absolute beast, mercilessly taking out as many people as he can.  His ‘no god’ proclamation to the unfortunate Kirsten is a real shiver up the spine moment.

Danny Glick, again from Salem’s Lot

Are we cheating a bit by having two characters from one film here?  Well, quite possibly.  However, it’s really, really hard to argue against young Mr Glick.  The floating up to the window scene in the movie version of King’s novel remains one of the all-out freakiest scenes in almost any horror film. Good luck sleeping in any room with a window after watching this one!

How to walk and move like a zombie

clock Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:08AM

If you’re dressing up as the walking dead at Halloween then why not make your outfit even more believable by brushing up on your acting skills and learning to walk like a zombie.

The zombies of the hit television show, The Walking Dead are undoubtedly the ones to emulate. It’s their gruesome make-up artistry, their shambling walk and cold stare that make them such chilling monsters.

So if you want to make a real entrance to your Halloween party and maintain that zombie persona here are some top tips to keep up the post-apocalyptic pretence:

Step 1

Slouch around with a lumbering gait, dragging one leg behind you while slowly lurching forwards. Imagine if you’d just awoken from your death and risen from a dirty grave, you’re unlikely to be in a fit state to run a marathon!

Step 2

Make sure you consider your speech too. Pretend to talk like you’re drunk with a slurred motion. You’ll be hard to understand and people will just hear you mumbling and groaning as you slouch your way around.

Step 3

Add brief, random pauses to your zombie walk. The undead aren’t supposed to be moving around! Make it look like a real struggle to make those legs take you forward.

Step 4

Consider simulating some kind of physical deformity. Zombies are by no means perfect physical specimens so walk as if you’ve got a broken leg or hang an arm in such a way that it appears you have no control over it.

Step 5

The position of your head is also very important. As you have very little control over your brain you probably won’t have control over your head either! It might hang a bit or sit crooked; it needs to appear very floppy as zombie neck muscles have as much strength as a new-born baby!

Step 6

Zombies are listless; do not act like you are alive for any moment. If you’re really going for authenticity show no emotion with complete vacancy on your face.


It’s so much fun dressing up and acting as a zombie. By following these steps you’ll look so scary you won’t be able to look at yourself in the mirror!

The best Halloween films for a spooky sleepover

clock Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:11AM

Halloween is one of the best times of the year for sleepovers. Grab your munchies, delve down deep into your sleeping bag or duvet and watch some spooky movies… if you can keep your eyes on the screen!

But if you’ve kindly signed up to hosting a Halloween sleepover for your kids and their friends you might be wondering what kind of films would be ideal for youngsters to get them in the spirit of the spooky season without completely freaking them out!

Here are some of our favourite Halloween films, ideal for a kids Halloween sleepover. Note: We’ve graded them with a scare factor so you know how brave they’ll need to be!

Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King

This Halloween adventure is only slightly scarier than a typical Scooby-Doo cartoon. Scooby and his pals work together to defeat the might of a fire-shrouded headless horseman and a devil-esque goblin!

Scare factor: 1/10

The Nightmare Before Christmas

A great family film for all ages, this Tim Burton classic is a great film to introduce younger children to the spooky season and Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King!

Scare factor: 4/10

Hocus Pocus

A Halloween family film full of silly moments, starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Admittedly there film is somewhat predictable, but that’s what you want your kids to have from a Halloween film isn’t it? They’ll love the Sanderson sisters!

Scare factor: 2/10


Beware of the Mogwai! Even though the gremlins are kind of cute, they sure are terrifying! It’ll have your kids ooo’ing and aww’ing in no time! Poor old Billy had no idea what he was letting himself in for!

Scare factor: 5/10


A comedy classic, Ghostbusters is a really fun take on the paranormal. Yes, some of the ghosts are mildly scary but we’re pretty confident they won’t be giving your little ones any nightmares!

Scare factor: 5/10

The Addams Family

A wonderfully macabre adaptation of the classic 1960s television show, your kids will love watching Morticia and Gomez keep their kooky family in check. Watch out for Uncle Fester though!

Scare factor: 2/10


We know that some of your kids may have outgrown films like this and, as teenagers, may want something a little more gripping. Here are some spookier Halloween films ideal for teenage sleepovers:

The Grudge

An American nurse arrives in Tokyo and encounters an evil supernatural spirit. She must find a way to break the spirit’s spell before she becomes its next victim – a very powerful film!

Scare factor: 8/10

The Blair Witch Project

Three teenage students travel to Maryland, USA to make a film about a local urban legend, The Blair Witch. They went into the woods to find it and never returned. The video was found in the woods a year later, providing a chilling documentary on their last steps…!

Scare factor: 9/10

Paranormal Activity

Let them experience the phenomenon of Paranormal Activity in the comfort and safety of home! A young couple become disturbed by a demonic presence in the middle of each night with terrifying consequences.

Scare factor: 9/10

Final Destination

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down… one by one!

Scare factor: 8/10

The Scariest Faces as Seen on TV

clock Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 09:09AM

Whilst the cinema is traditionally associated with horror, it’s worth noting that many of the most iconic stories in horror history have actually been shown on the small screen.  With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve decided to use today to celebrate what we think are some of the scariest faces ever seen on TV.

The Woman in Black

Yes, before she was brought back to life by a resurrected Hammer, the Woman in Black was a 1989  TV ghost story that could put the chills up absolutely anybody.  One of the most compelling differences between this and the movie is that it plays with the protagonist far more: he’s the only one who ever actually sees the woman, and it’s little wonder that he ends up going a bit nuts.  If you do watch it, be prepared to sleep on your face for weeks afterwards. We’ll let you find out why.

The Gentlemen

Joss Whedon has since gone on to bigger and better scary things (‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is a belting meta-horror), but you could definitely argue that ‘Hush’ – an early episode of Buffy – was scarier.  The Gentlemen – the nosferatu-like monsters that take away your ability to speak – are one of the most memorable TV beasts in history, and the whole episode is a masterpiece of psychological horror.

The Weeping Angels

Though Doctor Who is sometimes described as scary, no horror expert isn’t going to be freaked out by Daleks and Cybermen.  The weeping angels, though? Yeah, they’re pretty damn scary.  Essentially just angel statues – the sort of which you find in any churchyard – the Weeping Angels only come alive when you’re not looking at them.  Cue brilliant editing, heart-stopping music and a whole host of clean underwear needed.  ‘Blink’ remains the renewed Who’s finest moment.


As if we were going to get through this episode without bumping into a Stephen King character or two.  Yes, It’s Tim Curry (see what we did there? It’s Tim Curry!).  A sewer dwelling monster that feeds on children is pretty bad yes, but did it have to dress up as a clown?!  To be honest, it just seems really, really unnecessary of Mr King to mess us up that bad. Helloooo, childhood trauma.

Papa Lazarou

We’re going a bit off the beaten track here.  Technically, the League of Gentleman was a comedy.  However, as anyone who’s seen it well tell you, that’s one hell of a technicality.  There are a whole host of weirdos, freaks and oddballs in the series, but top of the list probably has to be Papa Lazarou, a man who kidnaps wives and calls them all Dave, in between operating as a circus leader and a peg salesman.  Enough said, really.

The top 10 Halloween tunes for your house party

clock Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:10AM

Well, you’re costumed up, and ready to party.   Now is the time for that most essential of jobs: planning the music! Putting together a suitable list of tunage is a task demanding military precision, and we’re here to help! Here are what we think to be ten killer (pun intended) tunes, perfect for the spookiest night of the year.

The Ramones, ‘Pet Sematary’

Before they became a label worn on t-shirts by people who don’t even really like rock music, The Ramones made their living writing perfect little punk nuggets like this.  Written especially for the freaky film based on Stephen King’s most disturbing book (his words), ‘Pet Sematary’ has to be the best song ever written about a dead kid coming back to life and partially eating his mother.  Not that there’s too much competition.

Michael Jackson, ‘Thriller’

The most popular track from one of the most popular albums of all time, ‘Thriller’ is one of the King of Pop’s most brilliant moments, a masterpiece of creepy build up, atmospheric production and, of course, hooks so strong they could pull a blue whale to the surface of the ocean.

Slayer, ‘Raining Blood’

If you’re looking for a cosy little ballad that’s perfect for slow dancing, this is your new jam.  No, not really.  One of thrash metal’s best tunes, Raining Blood is a headbanger’s dream, combining evil sounding lead with evil sounding riffs and, yes, evil sounding vocals all about horrible things. The perfect Halloween track.

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers, ‘Monster Mash’

We challenge anybody to listen to this and not grin.  Though it’s now been around for over 50 years, this classic track is almost impossible not to shake your gothic booty to.  Altogether now: ‘he did the mash!’ ‘He did the moooooonster mash’.

Blue Oyster Cult, ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’

Cowbell.  You need more of it.  A classic mellow rock track that’s apparently about eternal love, but sounds much creepier than that, ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ is eerie enough to have a place on more or less any playlist.

Ozzy Ozbourne, ‘Bark at the Moon’

There was no way the Ozzman wasn’t going to make it onto this list, and this particularly wolfy tune is an absolute metal classic that combines Jake E Lee’s splendid riffing with that unmistakable vocal.  Also, you’ll get to enjoy the fact that Ozzy is so high (on life!) he’s forgotten how to say ‘moon’. Altogether now: ‘BARK AT THE MOAN’.

Rocky Horror, ‘The Time Warp’

It’s just a jump to the left! It’s a scientific fact that if you play the time warp to a room full of drunk people on Halloween, each and every single one of them will go completely mental.  We defy you to not do the dance.

Ray Parker, Jr, ‘Ghostbusters’

Possibly our favourite tune on this list, it’s impossible to not feel happy when listening to the lead tune from the 1984 smash hit.  We’ve got nothing witty to add here: you know this song, and you love this song. If there’s something strange…

Mike Oldfield, ‘Tubular Bells’

It might not get many people moving on the dancefloor, but if this creepy classic doesn’t make it onto your playlist you’re missing out.  Known by many people as simply ‘The Exorcist’ theme, it remains as atmospheric and hair-raising as ever.

Alice Cooper, ‘Feed My Frankenstein’

A glam-rock classic, Feed My Frankenstein received a ton of attention when Cooper performed the song live in a scene on Wayne’s World.  (If you’ve not watched Wayne’s World, your first priority should be watching Wayne’s World). An absolute jam of a song, and perfect for the scariest night of the year.

For more Halloween soundtrack inspiration visit our guide to choosing the scariest Halloween party music.

How to transform your home into a witch’s lair

clock Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:41PM

In the grand list of awesome Halloween party ideas, the witches’ lair is always near the top.  There are a whole host of different ways in which you can help to create a really witchy atmosphere, and today we’re going to take a look at some of the most effective.

Include all the standards

There are a number of different items that have always been (and probably always will be) associated with witches, and it’s important to include them.  Whilst it might seem a tad clichéd to make use of a broomstick, a cauldron and a couple of witchy hats, they’re so well associated with cackling harridans that every single person at the party will automatically know what look you’re going for.

The skulls

With witches comes death!  A great way to whip up a spooky atmosphere is to have a few skulls dotted around the place.  You can usually pick them up cheaply from fancy dress or prop shops.  A good trick is to spray them with a dark green or brown to simulate rotting or mould: it’ll add that extra level of rather grim realisation and take-away the plastic-y colour.


No witch is complete without her spell books!  This is a great chance for you to be creative: it doesn’t take too much to put together some great looking spell books – simply take some cheap notebooks (available almost everywhere) and then wrap the cover in some Halloween wrapping paper (one with skulls, spiders and rats!).  If you want to make the pages look older, you can stain them with tea and allow them to dry out – it browns the pages and gives them that ‘hundreds of years old’ look in an hour or two.

Apothecary jars

Witches are known for keeping jars of horrible things in their lair, and these are quite easy to mimic. Any jars will do as long as they have glass tops.  From there you can fill them with water dyed either green or brown.  If you want to be really disgusting, fill them up with things like fake spiders and eyeballs.  Then liberally sprinkle the jars all over the house, and enjoy watching everyone recoil in horror.

Webs and smoke

Perhaps the most important part of putting together a convincing witches’ lair is the actual atmosphere of the space.  There are a number of different ways in which you can help to create a bit more atmosphere: firstly, never under-estimate the value of good cobwebs.  You can stick them in the corners of rooms, onto bookshelves and jars and even onto the drinks table!  Secondly, you can’t go too far wrong with some vapour: if you’re feeling energetic, try covering the ceiling and walls with black bin bags: as well as making the whole room nice and dark, the natural heat generated can make the room really atmospheric.  Be warned, though; it can be a bit toasty.

Halloween events happening near you

clock Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:44AM

Are you looking for things to do at Halloween? Luckily for you, it’s our favourite night of the year here at All Fancy Dress, so we know full well what kind of spooky surprises are going on where you live!

Whether you want to catch a bone-shaking glimpse of a ghost, contact the spirits of lost souls or hit up a haunted castle on the most frightening night of the year take a look at some of the Halloween events happening across the UK below:


Halloween Spooktacular (31st October) – Morden Hall Park, Morden

From pumpkin carving and creepy crafts to bug hunts and trails full of spooky secrets and surprises, there’s plenty going on at Morden Hall Park’s Halloween Spooktacular this year. Under 2’s go free!

Pirates of the River Thames (31st October) – Tower Millennium Pier, London

Batten down the hatches and jump aboard the mysterious Dutch Master vessel for a ‘Pirates of the River Thames’ themed boat party. Fancy dress is required – with great Halloween tunes and a fully stocked bar – what more could you need?!

Necropolis – London’s journey of the dead (31st October) – Waterloo Underground tunnels

Take a journey back in time to when London’s graves were overflowing with corpses and city dwellers had to take their dead on a one-way train on the Necropolis Railway. With centuries of disease, poverty, crime and punishment, experience the untold story of London’s past!

Defected in the House (1st November) – Ministry of Sound, London

A spectacular Halloween party located in London’s clubbing institution, you’ll be able to party from 11pm-7am to some of the UK’s leading house DJ’s.


Copperdollar: Back of Beyond (31st October) – The Old Market

Copperdollar’s parties are a veritable feast of art, performance and music, so why not join them for one huge celebration for Halloween and Mexican Day of the Dead at The Old Market?! Sorry kids, 18+ entry for this one.

Glyndebourne tour: The Turn of the Screw (24th October) – Glyndebourne, Lewes

A chilling and enthralling ghost story from a world-class opera house, be prepared to immerse yourself in The Turn of the Screw!

Riddles in the Dark presents: Tales From the Krypt (22nd October) – FunFair Club, Brighton

Riddles in the Dark presents a dark and twisted circus-themed fancy dress Halloween party, with live performances, stalls, games, magic and mind-reading! Sorry kids, 18+ entry for this one.


Go Canoeing – Halloween Tour (31st October) – Ackers Adventure, Small Heath

Enjoy a spooktacular night on Halloween with a guided canoeing tour. Are you and your family brave enough to take on a paranormal paddle with some spooky spectres on the loose?

The Haunting 2014 – one of the UK’s largest Halloween parties (31st October) – The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham

More than 3,000 nightmarish creatures will hit Birmingham’s city streets for the annual Halloween festival which completely sold out last year. With entertainers, a zombie experience with hundreds of actors and fairground rides it’s a night not to be missed! Sorry kids, 18+ entry for this one.

Hauntings and Hangings Halloween Ghost Hunt (1st November) – Kidderminster Town Hall

This Victorian masterpiece of a building is haunted by those trialled and tortured (or so they say!) You can be one of the first to investigate it at the Ghost Hunt. The night is packed full of activities using the latest psychic and ghost hunting equipment and experiments for a night to remember. Sorry kids, 18+ entry for this one.


Ghost Hunt Live (25th October) – The Dalton Mills

In its heyday Dalton Mills was the largest textile mill in the region, but now it is said to be one of West Yorkshire’s most haunted locations. Visit this fantastic location for ghost hunting vigils in the dark, with hot drinks and biscuits included!

Shuddersfield Ghost Trail (31st October) – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Get in the Halloween mood and take a scary trip around Huddersfield – you’ll never see the town centre in the same light again!

Leeds Raves From the Grave Morning/Afternoon (1st November) – Vox, Leeds

A unique opportunity to spend time with your little ones. These fancy dress get-togethers for families with kids aged 5 and under will combine singing, dancing, soft play and more, within a Halloween party-like atmosphere.


Farm of Horror (15th October-2nd November) – Lancaster Park and Animal Farm, Oldham

This interactive Halloween night held at Lancaster Park and Animal Farm is ideal if you enjoy being chased by a chainsaw wielding psychopath or hunted down by zombies… you must be crazy! Minimum age for entry is 11, sorry kids.

The Ghosts of Ordsall Hall with Barrie John from ‘Most Haunted’ (18th October) – Ordsall Hall, Salford

Join special guest, Barrie John from UK Living’s ‘Most Haunted’ for a memorable night with the Ghosts of Ordsall Hall! Sorry kids, 18+ entry for this one.

Vintage Halloween Lindy Jive and Rock’n’Roll Dance Class (30th October) – Methodist Central Buildings, Manchester

Learn the basics of 30’s, 40’s and 50’s dances so you can dance at any jive, rock’n’roll and swing vintage dance.

Halloween Comedy Murder Mystery Show and Meal (31st October) – New Mills Art Theatre, Stockport

Shot in the Dark Murder Mysteries UK proudly presents its Hilarious Halloween Murder Mystery Show, ‘The Vampire’s Crypt’. Join the host, Sir Arthur Thrasher in the ruins of Hellbone Abbey along with his ghoulish cast, as they take you on a journey of murder, mystery and mayhem.


Morecambe Winter Gardens Ghost Hunt (11th October) – Winter Gardens, Morecambe

Come and see the most haunted theatre in the UK with a historical tour of the building, as well as workshops and techniques using ghost hunting tools and mediums. Where will you be when the lights go out?!

Frankenstein by Adenuf Productions (1st November) – St Lukes Bombed Out Church, Liverpool

Come and see some original theatre based on Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein by innovative theatre company, Adenuf. With an all-star cast, this is a show not to be missed. Minimum age for entry is 11, sorry kids.

Halloween Comedy Murder Mystery Show and Meal (2nd November) – Gala Leo Casino, Liverpool

Shot in the Dark Murder Mysteries UK proudly presents its Hilarious Halloween Murder Mystery Show, ‘The Vampire’s Crypt’. Join the host, Sir Arthur Thrasher in the ruins of Hellbone Abbey along with his ghoulish cast, as they take you on a journey of murder, mystery and mayhem.

Five scary Halloween food ideas

clock Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:08AM

Food is a key part of any good party, so it’s essential to plan what you’re going to serve.  Of course, with Halloween on the way you’ll need to ensure that you get some scary, spooky food ideas in place.  We’re here to help!

Here are five cracking spooky food ideas that’ll have appetites rumbling and skin goose-pimpling.

Finger food – with real fingers!

If there’s one food that almost everyone loves, it’s a good set of cookies (‘Cookie cookie cookie’ as a famous philosopher once said).  To give these tasty biscuits a Halloween theme, cover them with a pale green icing.  Then you can use a brown nut sliced down the middle for a mouldy old brown fingernail.  Add a tasty thick red fruit sauce for dipping, and you’ve got gory but seriously tasty fingers; which is a sentence that can’t have come up very often!

The roasted fleshworm

All hail any food that involves bacon.  If you’re a fan of the piggy stuff, then this is a must.  Take a decent size sausage (stop sniggering) and wrap completely in thin bacon. Essentially you’re making a bigger version of those pig-in-blankets that everyone stuffs their face with at Christmas.  You can then carve away the bigger end of the sausage and put in some sharp looking teeth (small tomato seeds make great teeth and don’t change the flavour).  If you want to have some spilled intestines on the plate, cut open the ‘belly’ of the worm and put a small spoonful of chilli and bingo: a creepy monster that’s also delicious.

The eyeballs!

An absolute belter for the fingerfood table, these eyeballs look disgusting but taste delicious.  You simply take an eye-sized ball of normal mozzarella, then slice the end of a green and black olive and balance it onto the cheese – the green and the black core of the olive make the perfect iris and pupil!  To add a bit more ‘ewww’, whip up a simple salad dressing with herbs and spices – they’ll make a shiny ‘fluid’ cover that make the whole plate look more real (and gross).

Fried up ‘what the hell is that’?

One of the most useful things about chicken is how easily it can be shaped into horrible monstrous things.  By simply shaping chicken into random ‘creature’ shapes (take your pick – rats, mice, spiders, etc) and then frying them up in a good batter, you’ll have a bunch of tasty food on sticks that look weird as hell but still taste yummy. (If you want a bit of extra weird, use a thread of fresh chicken breast as a tail – when fried up, it should solidify enough to make your ‘rat’ look even more realistic).

Rats in Blood

Another cracking idea perfect for the main course – ‘rats in blood’ is simply a lasagne whipped up with some shaped meatballs on the top layer.  Add a small half-slice of onion as the ‘ears’ and a couple of black edible ball bearings as the ‘eye’s and you’ve got an instant delicious stomach filler that’s also stomach churning.  That’s the dream.

If you want more inspiration for your Halloween party menu then be sure to take a look at our best finger food ideas for your house party.