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Halloween Horrors

TOAST'S Pick of the best Halloween decor

Halloween, that damp day at the end of October when you invariably forget to buy sweets on the way home from work, so when the ‘Trick or Treaters’ come calling ten minutes after daylight fades, you either sneak chocolate Hob Nobs into their goody bags and hope they won’t notice, or turn off all the lights and hide behind the sofa until the battery on the doorbell runs down.

The drawbacks of going into absent mode is you daren’t venture into the kitchen to make a cuppa because that entails turning on the light which risks you being seen by the little dears who immediately tell all their friends you are in. Nor can you go to the loo as total darkness means a possible toe fracture on the door post.

Familiar? Then how about a new kind of Halloween – make it more about you and yours and not placating the offspring of your entire neighbourhood. This year you could be the centre of attention with an amazing themed house that resembles Boris Karloff’s sitting room, the set of Phantom of The Opera or maybe even the Banqueting Hall at Hogwarts, to impress or scare the life out of - I mean impress, those doorbell fiends.

Halloween isn’t just for the kids, and you don’t have to spend a month’s salary either. Here TOAST shares our rundown of some of the best decorations to throw a party that will be talked about until Christmas.



Trick or Treat

If you can beat em…join em, grab these skeleton hand treat bags and wrap up some treats ready to hide away for party guests or perfect for handing to little monsters knocking at your door. Alternatively if you’re sending your little ones off trick-or-treating, get them their very own personalised spooky fabric halloween bags both from Postbox Party. They are just the right size for kiddies to store all their special Halloween goodies in and make the perfect addition to any spooky outfit customisable with a name/message for that special little someone so they can use it year after year.

Price £4.50 from Postbox Party

Trickortreat

Black Roses

Create a statement entrance with Tissue Blossoms’ dramatic black paper flowers. Designed and created by floral artist Susie Phillips, these stunning layered flowers of rich blacks, greys and purples will provide unique style to transform your venue into the eerie ruins of a gothic castle. Susie also creates giant spiders from her floral pom poms that can be placed in corners and lurking under stairs ready to scare your guests.

Black Roses Tissue Blossom

Tissue Blossom

For more details and a bespoke black floral order, contact Tissue Blossom via our Little Black Book. 

A Wicked Welcome

Welcome your guests into your home with this Halloween wreath from Dressing Room Corner. Made out of a black tinsel covered base and decorative floristry mesh and black fish net, with a Happy Halloween plaque in the centre, this unusual wreath will give your guests a hint of what’s behind the door.

Wreath

Price: £85.00 from Dressing Room Corner 

Boo Balloons

These brilliant balloons from Bubblegum Balloons are perfect for surrounding a food table display or at the entrance of your home and some foil bat balloons from Pipii will perfectly fill nooks and crannies or fly from the ceiling around your home.

Bubblegum And Pipii Balloons Copy

Priced £30.60 Bubblegum Balloons, Priced: £11.00 for a pack of 3 bats Pipii

Wicked Wall Art

Add a wow factor to your hallway with Nutmegs ghostly wall stickers. Quick and easy to apply you can turn your home into a spooky castle with bats flying all around and spiders climbing the walls. They are easy to stick and easy to remove and leave no marks or residue.  

Nutmeg Wallstickers

Price from £16 Available from Nutmeg Studios 

Spiders Webs

Hang these paper fans from the ceiling mixed in with some orange pom poms and black honeycomb diamonds with this foil ‘Trick or Treat’ garland to create a glamourous yet goulish look, from Candle and Cake and Pipii.

Hanging Decor

Spider Paper Fans Price: £5.99, Honeycomb Black Diamond Price: £2.49 Trick or Treat Garland Price: £4.99,  Neon orange Tissue Poms Price £8.99 for 5 

Candelabras

Layout some of these dramatic black candelabras from Pumpkin Events around the room to create a low- lit atmosphere. Surround them in ivy and red roses with some webbing from Party Delights to create the feel of a haunted house.

Candelabra Andcowebs

Candelabras Price: POA - Pumpkin Events Price: from £1.99 Party Delights 

The Showstopper 

Add a show-stopping centrepiece to your table with this Octopus stand and glass bowl, spectacularly held aloft by the Octopus' tentacles, just fill with ice and use to cool your beer or a bottle of wine or fill with a delicious salad or pasta dish to feed hungry guests.

Culinary Concepts

Price: £129.95 Culinary Concepts

Pumpkin Posies

For some designer style, enlist the services of expert florist Neill Strain to create some stunning couture pumpkin arrangements for your Halloween table.

Neil Strain

Price: Bespoke florals POA, Neill Strain  

Bone Tingling Barware

Create some scary cocktails with the help of Bespoke Barware and their extensive collection of scary skulls, Skeleton arm shot glasses, bug bottles and Anatomical heart drinking vessels. Yes that right, get your guests to drink the blood from a heart to get the gruesome night going.

Bespoke Barware

Prices from £19 for a Skelton arm shot glass, for £49.50 for a heart vessel. 

Edible Glitter 

To make those cocktails extra spooky, add a touch of this edible black glitter from Peach Blossom to your cocktails. All you need is a touch of lemon juice to apply the glitter to the rim of your glass, and then add your poison.

Peach Blossom Edible Glitter

Price £4.50 Peach Blossom.  

Devilish Desserts

Create a little corner at your party for your tricks and treats with Jenny Hodge of Mrs Myrtle Event styling. Jenny will create the perfect little zone for your deviant guests to delve into.

Dress your Halloween treats with this ghostly ‘BOO’ Cake Topper Decoration. It’s copper letters and paper tassels will add some style to any spooky themed party and sprinkle a mix of dried orange calendulas and black cornflowers on your cakes for the perfect topping.

Mrs Myrtle

Mrs Myrtle Event Styling Mrs Myrtle - price is bespoke to your requirements, price on application. Get in touch via our LBB, Edible flowers Price: £6.00 Maddocks Farm Organics, Boo Cake Topper Priced £7.50 from Pipii


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