Last-minute Halloween ideas
Halloween may have been commercialised (and over-sexualised) over the years, but its ancient origins are steeped in celebration, superstition, and a reverence for the dearly departed.
Also known as All Hallows’ Eve, Halloween has been traced back roughly 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival called Samhain – pronounced “sah-win” – that literally means “summer’s end” in Gaelic. A period of connection, community and celebration, it was a time of the year when the veil between the living and the dead was felt to be at its thinnest.
In central and southern Mexico, indigenous people have long celebrated their deceased relatives in an elaborate and sacred festival known as the Day of the Dead, which this year featured giant skeleton marionettes and more than 1,000 costumed performers.
Closer to home, hundreds of school kids will be trick or treating this afternoon, so if you need a little last-minute inspiration, here are some ideas for skull face painting, tricks, treats and costumes.
This easy-to-follow video tutorial shows you how to paint the type of face skull popularised by Mexico’s Day of the Dead. It’s a great solution if you’re homemade costume needs a boost.
If you have time today and you like baking, these Halloween sugar cookies not only look the part but taste delicious too! There are a few different designs to inspire you here, while the recipe for the biscuit part is here.
However, if the thought of baking from scratch makes you break out in hives (like it does to me), you’ll find a few great savoury ideas here.
From a few fake spiders thrown in to the lolly container to wearing a scary mask when you open the door, it doesn’t take much to trick their kids while they’re treating.
One simple example is to cut out a hand-sized hole in the bottom of a large takeaway container or cardboard box. Cover it with tissue paper then fill it with chocolate or lollies. When a trick or treater reaches in to grab a few treats, pop your hand through the tissue paper to grab his or her hand.
Halloween costumes don’t have to be expensive – just spooky!
You don’t need to spend a fortune on buying or hiring a Halloween costume. Here’s a great example of one you can make from items you’re likely to have at home.
I’m not ashamed to say we regularly dress up our two dogs for our own enjoyment, with the kids just last week entering them in a community dog competition (one was dressed as a ballerina while the other wore a Harry Potter costume.) If you plan on taking pet trick or treating with the kids after school, or you just want to amuse yourself at home tonight, check out these cute costume ideas.
Top image courtesy of Veda Dante