Your Complete Halloween How To Guide From Cupcakes to Ghoul-a-tini’s to Pumpkin Serving Bowls

| 9 October , 2012 | Reply

The scariest night of the year always calls for some celebration. With ghouls and ghosts roaming the streets, Halloween is the perfect night to throw a spooky party for you and all your friends.

Halloween has been celebrated for centuries, as far back as the ancient Celtic festival, known as “Samhain”. It was believed that October 31st marked the day where the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life to wreak havoc for the day. This is where the tradition of costumes also hailed from, as people would wear masks to attempt to mimic or appease the evil spirits. While the holiday has since been adapted by the American tradition of trick or treating, Halloween used to be celebrated by giant bonfires, to attract all the insects and bats to the area.

But you don’t need bats, bugs and bonfires in your house to throw a spooky celebration. Instead, hosting a house of horrors only requires following a few simple steps and we’re getting in early so you can get your online order in and have everything arrive in time.

First, begin by thinking of a terrifying theme, to keep your guests on your toes. Pottery Barn have suggested a gothic literature theme, where you invite each guest to bring along a passage of their favourite creepy classic. If gothic themes aren’t your style, the internet also holds a treasure trove of exciting suggestions such as Haunted Carnival, Alice in Wonderland and Monster Bash.

Once your theme is set, decide on the decorations. With both Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn shipping to Australia now, so finding seasonally spooky decorations has never been easier. Set the tone from the front door with flickering candles and ghoulish pumpkin decorations and invite your guests into your haunted home. Twisted branches, broomsticks and bat decorations all make great options to hang from the ceiling to frighten guests as they walk by.
The extra little details add all the fun. For the adults, give them a fright with Skeleton and Bat stoppers in the bottles. Pottery Barn are selling a wide range of ghoulish tableware such as Skeleton Hand Drink Dispensers, or pumpkin serving bowls.

Once you have the place decorated, setting a spooky menu is next. The menu is the perfect place to have a bit of fun and search for some great themed recipes.

For the adults, the “Ghoul-a-tini” recipe is a perfect way to kick off the night.


  • 1 Tablespoon dry vermouth
  • 3 ounces gin
  • 2 cocktail onions


  • Pour the vermouth into a cocktail shaker, swirl it around to coat the sides of the shaker and pour it out.
  • Fill the cocktail shaker to two thirds with ice cubes. Pour in the gin and shake.
  • Strain the drink into a martini glass.
  • Piece two cocktail onions on a toothpick and place one whole black peppercorn on each of the onions, for a pair of spooky eyes to served.

To add a spooky touch to any drink, make ice cubes up and add in Halloween items such as plastic spiders or gummy worms, leaving a little of each item exposed. Add these to a blood red punch for a spine-tingling treat.

If you’re throwing a party that’s a little more kid friendly, look to recipes such as cupcakes with a spider’s web glaze or the classic favourite Caramel Apples:

  • 2 bags of caramels
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 8 small apples


  • Heat the caramels and the water on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Stir until smooth, then keep warm on a low heat.
  • Insert a Popsicle stick into the stem end of each apple. Line a baking tray with a sheet of waxed paper, then dip an apple into the caramel mixture. Place on the waxed paper.
  • Let the apples stand until the caramel has set.

Now that the food is out and the house is decorated, all you need is a finishing touch. Assemble a playlist of spooky songs to float ghoulishly through the house as the night goes on. Pottery Barn have suggested one for their gothic theme , available to download from iTunes.

Following all these steps making throwing a party so effortless allowing you to kick back and enjoy your spooky night in.

As reported earlier this year, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn are set to open their first Australian stores in early 2013 and we are so excited. But for now, you can order everything from their online stores and have them shipped to Australia while you wait for their opening, seriously we cannot wait and as soon as we can, we’ll be putting in our order of Peppermint Bark from Williams Sonoma, best Christmas chocolate ever, it’s a Family Tradition, and it’s only available straight after Halloween until Christmas!

You can check out the Halloween section at Williams Sonoma here and Pottery Barn here.

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