Who doesn’t love a halloween party? But who has spare cash to throw a party in November? Exactly. So here are the CFD top tips for a great party without a huge price.


1. Make decorations out of household rubbish - old wine bottles with a candle in them look creepy, but make them even creepier by turning them round and painting a ghost on them with white paint and a stencil - super creepy! Clementines with zombie faces drawn on with permanent marker are a fun treat, and make good decorations, as do rubbish bag spider webs pinned up in doorways.


2. Host a halloween film night - rather than just boozing and dancing (always fun) double your fun by picking a halloween double bill like:

  • Evil Dead 1 and 2
  • Any two from the Halloween franchise
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street - any two of the many reruns of the basic theme
  • Any two from the Ghostbusters franchise (the new all female cast really opens out the fancy dress costume possibilities!)


If you invite your friends to come in those costumes you can sit and watch your films like real horror fans. We’ve got both male and female Ghostbusters costumes, including extra sized male Ghostbuster fancy dress ones which are flying off the shelves like Halloween bats this year, so it’s a good idea to order your fancy dress costume now.


3. Drink like a dream - or a nightmare!

  • Rim cocktail glasses with black sugar (make it yourself with granulated sugar and black food colouring left to dry out gently in a low oven for an hour)
  • Use tinned lychees and blackberries or blueberries to make amazing monster eye ice-cubes. Simply drain the lychees and stuff each one with a single blackberry or blueberry to make the pupil, then freeze. Drop one (or two) into every drink so people find their favourite tipple is giving them the eye!


Harvest hard apple cocktail


 This amazing cocktail has just three ingredients and tastes wonderful.


  1. 1 litre premium cider
  2. 1 tub soft scoop vanilla ice cream
  3. 500 grams pumpkin puree (tinned) or bake and puree your own with a little maple syrup to sweeten.


Give the ice cream 10 minutes out of the freezer and then stir the pumpkin puree through it. Refreeze. Warm cider gently in a saucepan until gently simmering. Half fill tall glasses with cider and then a scoop of the ice-cream. Delicious boozy floats!