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Halloween-ify your home

Friday 23-10-2020 - 10:41

With Halloween just around the corner, we here at the Student’s Union have come up with a list of cheap ways to make your house look ghoulish in time for the witching season.

Read on to find quick and easy ways to bring the creepiness to your corner.


Get Batty.

No haunted mansion is complete without vampire bats. These can easily be made from cut out bits of card, or it you want to go for that extra look, how about stuffing black socks with newspaper and adding wings made of cardboard, now all you need is somewhere to hang them.

Cut out some monstrous shapes and place them in your window. The weirder the better. Think tentacles, horns and talons and you’re halfway there. This is a great way to recycle any cardboard you have lying around. Add an extra effect by shining a lamp onto them from inside. Anybody peering in from the outside will see these monstrosities and think twice before approaching.


Weird Witch’s Brew.

Another way to recycle everyday household items would be to create a witch’s brew of potions. Simply take some empty bottles, fill them with water and add food colouring. Then add home-made labels for that gruesome look. ‘Eye of Newt, Tail of Rat, Ear of Badger,’ and any other weird and wonderful concoctions you can think of.


Bob for Apples.

All you need is a bucket, some water, apples, and the ability to somehow clamp your gnashers around the wet, slippery fruit as they bob up and down in the water. It’s cheap, it’s hilarious and it brings out the most competitive in us.


Upcycled Costumes.

You don’t have to spend any money to create a fantastic Halloween costume. Dig around in your wardrobe and find those clothes you don’t wear anymore. I’m sure with a little tweaking, anything is possible. The only limit is your imagination.


Do The Headless Boogie.

Even a simple pack of balloons can be used to great effect. Blow them up and then either use a marker pen or some leftover card to create some sinister faces. Easy and incredibly cheap.


Decorate a Pumpkin.

There’s no excuse for not getting your hands on a pumpkin this October 31st, especially when the Student Union is handing out FREE pumpkins to students. Pop in from the 26th to get your hands on one.


Spider Webs.

Even the arachnophobes amongst us can create a simple spider-web. All you need is some cotton wool balls stretched out thinly to create the illusion of a web. Add some black paper/pipe cleaner spiders and you have your very own nest of arachnids.


Monstrous Jar

Add some spooky eyes and fangs to jars of sweets to create a spooky, but fun Halloween decoration. No guarantee they will keep prying hands away from the goodies inside though.


Horror Playlist.

Create a child-friendly Halloween horror playlist for all the family. We will start you off with a few suggestions, feel free to add your own:


  • The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley.
  • Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
  • Men in Black – Will Smith.
  • The Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett.
  • This is Halloween – From ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’
  • I Put a Spell on You (Hocus Pokus version) – Bette Midler
  • Magic Dance – David Bowie
  • The Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Season of The Witch – Donavan.
  • The Addams Family Theme.

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