7 Tips to Sydney's Best Halloween Party | Pillingers Hire

October 14, 2013

Sure, Halloween isn’t an Australian holiday – we’re not that likely to send our kids out trick-or-treating because we’re greedy with our lollies – but in spite of that everyone loves to dress up and everyone loves a party. Halloween is the perfect marriage of those two passions. Here’s our guide on how to make yours the best party ever.

1.

Make a Watermelon Brain

These are great, tasty, and surprisingly easy to make. Simply get your melon, peel the green skin off with a vegetable peeler then carve into it with a paring knife. It’s the kind of zombie feast even vegetarians can enjoy! Infuse with your favourite clear spirits for added Halloween cheer.

2.

Make some Bloody Cocktails

Our favourite is the Vampire Kiss Martini, which we found on The Food Network. To make it, you’ll need equal parts vodka, Champagne and Chambord. Pour the vodka into a martini glass, top it up with Champagne and float the Chambord on the top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Garnish with a set of wax teeth. Creepily tasty.

3.

Have Some Spine-Tingling Shots

Buying some reusable syringes with your red beverage of choice is a fun way to get your guests into the Halloween spirit. Once they’re filled, place them in a large beaker for the most effective look!

4.

Eat Some Worms

You can make tasty worms pretty easily with some jelly, gelatin, straws, a container and some patience. Simply follow these instructions:

  • Get a lot of straws and put them in a tall, narrow container. You’ll want them to be packed in enough so that the bottom of each straw touches the bottom of the container and they don’t move around.

  • Prepare your jelly and gelatin mixture in a bowl, then pour the contents into the straw-filled container.

  • Allow to set, then remove the “worms” by running the straws under warm water then coaxing them out with a rolling pin or by using the air from a hand bike pump.

5.

When in Doubt, Use Pumpkins

First and foremost, you’ll want to make a Jack-o-Lantern, of course. Carving a face out of a tasty vegetable is a Halloween necessity, but there’s more you can do with these orange globes of joy once they’re hollowed out – use one as a receptacle for dips, fill a big one up with ice and turn it into a drink cooler, drill some finger-sized holes in a round one and make a Halloween-themed game of bowling! The opportunities to be had with pumpkins are endless!

6.

Use a Projector to Screen Your Favourite Horror Films on the Wall

Place it in the living room, on one of the outside walls – wherever you want, really. Program one of your favourite horror films – older is best – and leave it to play with or without sound (best without, if you’re going to be dancing). It’s a subtle, non-intrusive way to add an extra level of creep to your party without being trite. However, buying a projector just for one night is probably not worth it – you’d be better off hiring one for the night, unless you’re planning on having outdoor cinema nights in the near future!

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Make the Perfect Halloween Playlist

You’ll need to set the mood with music, obviously. Here’s a few songs to get your playlist started:

The Cranberries – Zombie

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Halloween

Michael Jackson – Thriller

The Ramones – Pet Sematary

Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders in the Sky

Kanye West – Monster

The Flaming Lips – Halloween on the Barbary Coast

Talking Heads – Psycho Killer

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers: The Monster Mash

Gorillaz – Dracula

Li’l Wayne – Every Day is Halloween

Radiohead – A Wolf at the Door

Joy Division – Dead Souls

Marilyn Manson – This is Halloween

Stevie Wonder – Superstition