How to have an electric Halloween party!

It’s nearly that time of the year again, when witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls take to our streets in search of sweet treats.

If you’re planning to stay safely inside your home this Halloween while the gruesome ghastlies roam outside, why not host a spooktastic party of your own? Rustle up terrifying treats (think zombie fingers made from cocktail sausages), get Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ on your playlist, and hang cobwebs in every corner of every room. Oh, and don’t forget to let your friends know that it’s strictly fancy dress!

To make sure your guests are well and truly spooked, we’ve put together some ideas for frightening finishing touches:

Scary fairy lights

Have an old set of battery-powered fairy lights hanging around? If so, you can easily transform them into something terrifying using a set of ping pong balls and a black marker! Draw freakish faces, eyeballs and skulls on the balls before piercing a small hole in the bottom of each one and threading a light through it. Don’t forget to charge up your rechargeable batteries using one of GP’s chargers!

Pumpkin lantern

Ever tried crafting your own spooky pumpkin sculpture? It’s fun, often messy, and a great activity to do with the kids. Opt for a bigger pumpkin, using a serrated knife to cut a lid and a large spoon to scrape out the seeds and fibre (which makes a great soup, by the way). Use your marker pen to draw an outline of your design, grab the knife and get carving!

A glowing, carved pumpkin lantern looks pretty on a doorstep, but you can’t see it there and neither can your guests! So, bring it inside, but sub a tealight for a torch instead, which is far safer and will also make the pumpkin glow brighter. Try a torch from GP’s Discovery range, such as a long-lasting LED torch. As an extra bonus, it’s also rain-proof, if you were to put one outside.

Spooky silhouettes

Silhouettes are a simple way to spook your invitees. Cut a Halloween design out of an old piece of cardboard (a witch and cauldron, spider and cobweb, black cat or grim reaper, for example). Fix to a white sheet, shine one of GP’s Discovery Torches behind it and voila! An instant spooky shadow!

Lightning effect

Give your guests a welcome they won’t forget! Turn off all lights and switch a GP Discovery Torch off and on to mimic flashes of lightning. At the same time, play thunder noises on your speakers – as loud as you can (without disturbing the neighbours)!

Terrifying tales

Everyone loves gathering around to hear terrifying tales in the dark. To make the stories extra scary, light up your face whist narrating them using GP’s simple-to-use Discovery Torches. Blair Witch, eat your heart out!


With these freaky finishing touches, you can guarantee that your Halloween party is frighteningly fun for you and all of your guests. Just don’t be surprised if you get asked to host the next one, and the next one...

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