Treat your little monsters and their friends to a spook-tacular afternoon of ghoulish entertainment...
Make eerie invitations
Get into the spirit by making invitations a week or two ahead of the party. Tear plain white paper roughly into strips – the kids will love helping you with this bit – then crumple them up tightly into balls. Flatten out the pieces and soak them in cold tea for about five minutes, for a centuries-old look. When the paper is dry, you can write your invitations in "blood" (red ink), adding extra splashes for creepy effect. Challenge your guests to come to your haunted house… if they dare!
Conjure up creepy costumes
Ready-made Halloween costumes are a ghoul’s best friend, and Tesco has a to-die-for range of outfits and accessories. Check out our pick or the best costumes here. If you don’t want to go all-out, give the kids a pile of paper plates, some poster paints and elastic and make your own. Paint the plates orange and cut jagged eye and mouth holes to create petrifying pumpkin faces, or colour them green and glue on strands of black crepe paper "hair" for a witchy look.
Pick a theme to make them scream
Turn your living room into a dead zone with a scattering of spooky accessories. Go for a spider theme, by draping cobwebs made from string over doorways, and scattering plastic insects on tables. See how to make your own lollipop spiders and ghosts here. For a haunting atmosphere, hang sheets over furniture, draw ghostly faces on white balloons with marker pen, and prop gravestones made from grey cardboard in the front garden.
Play ghoulish games
Send your guests on a torch-lit treasure hunt, in search of chocolaty goodies you've hidden around the house. Why not try our new augmented reality game The Great Ghost Hunt? All you have to do is print the clues, have a selection of prizes and a mobile at the ready, think about your hiding places and you’ll be good to go! When the little ones find a clue, they will need to scan it with the Tesco Discover App to reveal a special spooky animations.
Or how about "Unlucky dip"? Wrap sweets or small toys in cling film to prevent them getting soggy, then hide them in a big tub of worms (cold cooked spaghetti) or slime (green jelly). Throw in some eyeballs made from peeled cherry tomatoes or grapes, and bits of brain made from cooked cauliflower, then dim the lights and let the children get stuck in.
For younger children who are easily spooked, lay on some art-and-craft activities. Have a batch of orange Play Doh to hand, to turn into pumpkins, or buy some Halloween-themed stickers or foam shapes that little ones can use to decorate paper loot bags.
Serve spooky snacks
Several hours before the party, fill a pair of brand-new, rinsed-out rubber gloves with water, secure with an elastic band or clip, and put in the freezer. Just before your guests arrive, carefully cut the gloves off with scissors and float your disembodied hands in jugs of blood-coloured squash or juice.
Serve with Monster Munch and dead men's fingers (sticks of cheese, with flaked almonds for nails) and round off your feast with Halloween-themed sweet treats like pumpkin cake and jelly snakes – they’re all scarily good!
For more Halloween recipe inspiration head to tesco.com/food
Now switch off the light...
…and prepare for a fright! Settle down in front of the telly with Halloween-themed cartoons or let the children each read a chapter from a frightful book!
Or how about a game of ‘pass the petrifying parcel’? Fill each layer with plastic spiders or Halloween-themed sweets and choose spooky music for extra scare-factor…