For most students, October holds a certain defeated element to it: we associate it with sliding on newly fallen leaves on the beautifully crisp morning walk to our lectures, trying desperately to avoid spilling our pumpkin spiced lattes over our new winter coats, and partially damaging our phone screens by stabbing gloved fingers into the screen.
It’s the month of post-freshers blues and pre-winter exam stress, new jumpers, and fluffy socks — and the biggest event in the student calendar: Halloween. The 31 October is the student night of the year, and if waiting in long queues and paying entry fees for clubs is not for you, then throwing your own party is the next best thing!
However, here at TSA we appreciate that throwing a party can be quite daunting and expensive, especially for students. So, here’s our guide to throwing the most spook-tacular Halloween party without the frightful costs.
THEME IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT
The last thing you want whilst your trying to raise hell at your party is guests murdering the old by not dressing up. Some people get stressed at the thought of having to dress up when there’s so many options for costumes out there and opt for a stress-free casual option. Try and encourage your guests to dress up by giving them a theme to adhere to. Here are some suggestions:
- Horror movies from the 90’s
- Boy Band and Girl Band members from the noughties
- Things with the word Mary in them (you’d be surprised at how many costumes you can make out of this theme)
- Sci-fi characters
HAUNT-UP YOUR HOUSE
Face your fears and brave emptying the milk cartons that have been souring in your fridge since fresher’s week. Once washed out, draw ghoulish faces on them with a black marker pen and cut out a medium sized hold from the back. Feed in some fairy lights and line these little creations up against your stairs or wall to give your guests a supernatural entrance.
If you’re exactly the best pumpkin carver in the world then save yourself the time and money by buying a pack of tangerines and drawing on creepy pumpkin faces with a marker again. Dot them about the room to add to your spooky ambiance or hide them for a scavenger hunt.
While it’s customary that student parties are run on a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle), it’s a seasonal tradition to provide a killer punch bowl.
Bloody Banshee Recipe
- 1/2 cup of white rum
- 1/2 cup of vodka
- 2 teaspoons of orange food colouring
- 1 cup of Tropical Sourz
- 2 cups of pineapple juice
- 2 cups of cranberry juice
- 1 bottle of sparkling white wine
- Fill to the brim with energy juice
TIP: Mix 250ml of water with three drops of black food colouring, pour into ice cube trays and freeze for wo hours. Add these to your punch bowl for a chilling effect!
TRICK OR TREAT? TREAT, DEFINITELY TREAT
Save money by making your own Halloween themed nibbles.
Sweet Spirits: Cover marshmallows in melted white chocolate and leave to dry on a cocktail stick. Use milk chocolate to give your squiggly ghosts their eyes.
Chip and die: Cut tortillas into spooky shapes and toast in the oven. Serve with witch blood and ghost plasma (salsa and chive).
Crime Scene Delights: Mix red food colouring with icing sugar and water, splash over Oreos to create blood splattered cookies!