Halloween is one of England’s best-loved celebrations, but what are the best ways to enjoy this special spooky day? Follow Face 2 Face’s top ten tips for a terrifying Halloween, and we’ll have you screaming (with laughter)…
1) Make a Halloween pumpkin!
Halloween pumpkins, or ‘jack-o-lanterns’ are easy and fun to make!
Buy a round orange pumpkin, cut off the top and hollow out the flesh.
Then cut out a scary face design, place a candle or tea-light inside and put your Halloween pumpkin in the window to scare passers by!
Choose from these 12 spooky pumpkin head designs!
2) Cook some Halloween goodies
Traditionally, some people didn’t eat meat on All Hallow’s Eve. Instead, special Halloween foods were prepared, such as pumpkin pie, potato pancakes, treacle toffee and soul cakes.
Why not try a spot of scary cooking?
3) Dress up!
Whether you’re going to a Halloween party, out for a drink, or just want to scare your neighbours, dressing up is always fun! Character ideas include witches, wizards, zombies, mummies, devils, demons, ghost brides, gremlins, spiders, bats, cats, rats, ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, Harry Potter… even Dracula!
Now that you’re all dressed and ready to go, why not go trick or treating? Practice your scary tricks, grab a bag to collect your goodies and join your friends on a night of fun. And if you’re a grown up, this is easy… just open the door to the spooky beings who come knocking, then hand out sweets or prepare to be scared!
5) Have a Halloween party
What better way to celebrate Halloween than holding a Halloween party? Put up some Halloween decorations and invite your scariest friends! Traditional Halloween party games include apple bobbing, wink murder, pin the smile on the skeleton; dead zombies… your imagination is the limit!
6) Light a bonfire
Halloween falls less than a week before bonfire night. On the 5th of November 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested for putting explosives under the House of Lords in London, as part of the Gunpowder Plot. Traditionally the event is commemorated by lighting a bonfire and burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes, often accompanied by a firework display.
These days, bonfires have also become popular at Halloween. So wrap up warm, pass the toasted marshmallows, bake potatoes in the embers and sing your best spooky songs around the fire!
7) Listen to some scary music
Some of our favorite ghost-themed songs are ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson, the theme song to ‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker Jr, and ‘The Monster Mash’ by Bobby Pickett. Parents, you can print the words out (in English, of course) and help your family to sing along. Don’t forget to make up some scary dance moves!
8) Tell ghost stories
Turn off the lights, light some candles and sit up late scaring your friends and family with your best true (or almost true) ghost stories and horror stories. If you’re stuck for ideas, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen King, R.L. Stine, Mary Shelley and of course Bram Stoker are all good sources of inspiration.
9) Watch some scary films
Our personal favorites are ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Wallace andGromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit’…..
10) Come to the theatre to see Drockula!
Come to see Face 2 Face’s production of Drockula, at the Teatros Luchana!
Suitable for all the family, this popular Face 2 Face classic returns for one weekend only (29th, 30th and 31st of October).
Whether you’re shaking with laughter or with fear, you’ll be guaranteed a ‘bloody’ good time!
Don’t forget to share all of your Halloween preparations with us at #F2FHALLOWEEN
We can’t wait to see what devilish disguise you choose! Come and meet the stars of the show on Monday the 31st of October after the 19.00h performance at Teatros Luchana. Who knows, you could win the prize for the most frightful fancy dress! For more information, check out our FACEBOOK page.