Money Matters Team

How to have a spook-tacular Halloween

By Money Matters Team 06/10/2021

Have a spook-tacular Halloween

The spooky season is winging its way to us faster than a speeding bat. But don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to get ready. And as Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, you’ve got the whole weekend to get your house ready for all of your ghoulish guests.

Frighteningly handy tips

Garlic is great for protecting yourself against vampires – although we’d also highly recommend stakes. Witches don’t like being hit with their broomsticks and keeping a priest handy can usually ward off evil spirts. But on a more practical note, read on for some terror-ific Halloween tips for fantastic family fun. And we promise to keep the scary puns to a minimum.

Decorating your garden

Make your outside space a place of magic, mystery and music. Hang fairy lights from trees – or pop them in plant pots. Old sheets over bushes – with a couple holes for eyes – make ghostly shapes in the dark. And Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without carved pumpkins, but if you’re putting tea lights inside them, take care around children and toddlers.

Treasure hunts

Pop glowing tubes in goody bags and hide them around the garden at dusk. Give each child a torch and send them off one at a time to hunt for the treasure. If there are chocolaty treats in the bags, make sure any dogs are kept well away from the hunt as we’re sure that a night at the vet’s isn’t the sort of scary evening you had planned.

Costume contests

As Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, you can build excitement over the weekend by helping your kids design and make their own costumes for the evening. Anything goes – so don’t worry about getting too creative.

Fun fact

Halloween is a time for scares and dares. But did you know there’s a word for the fear of Halloween? It’s samhainophobia. And if you think that’s a bit of a mouthful – hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the fear of long words.

And one last thing…

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for a Halloween to remember. But if you’re planning on being visited by the undead throughout the evening, check your home insurance policy covers contents in your front garden.


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