Westfield Miranda Halloween checklist
Halloween has really taken off in Australia over the past few years, and if you’re like many Aussies, it may feel like you’re not really sure how to prepare for it.
Well, we are here to break it down and help you get sorted - all you have to remember is; decorations, costumes and food! Simple.
Unlike other holidays, Halloween decorations go up and come down in a relatively short amount of time, so you want the process to be pretty painless. In most cases, people simply decorate the front deck to signal to the neighbourhood kids ‘this house is open for trick-or-treating.’
Presuming you don’t want to turn your front yard into a cemetery, a few of these effective basics can work wonders.
-A Jack-O-Lantern – You can always carve your own, but this light-up one from Target is a great cheat.
-Spiders in webs – These ones from Target are perfect.
-A large decoration – Not everyone is going to want a big decoration by the front door, but it is an effortless and effective way to pack a punch. This Halloween Skeleton Dog from Target is our fave.
Ghouls, Ghosts and Monsters
This year, in addition to the skeletons and witches there is a great range of zombie, werewolf, vampire and reaper costumes. If your kid is going for one of these looks, try adding some dark circles under their eyes with facepaint or make-up. Some of these costumes come with masks, but if your child isn’t a fan of having things on their face for an extended period, (most aren’t) you can just pop it on the back of their head.
If you would prefer to buy something that can be worn again and again, there are a lot of costume options you can create from regular clothing and PJ items.
With the resurgence of retro kids’ fashion, you can easily put together an '80s-inspired costume out of items from Cotton On Kids. All you need is runners, tube socks, some short shorts and a retro tee.
Head to Peter Alexanderwho have Halloween-inspired PJ sets for kids - perfect for a baby or toddler who is likely to spend the evening either in bed or in a pram. This can also be an alternative option for sensory kids of any age who are fussy with their fabrics but still want to rock a skeleton onesie!
Whether you’re hosting a party, preparing for trick-or-treaters or just adding something spooky to the lunchbox, there are lots of great options available. But make sure to be organised, as often the Halloween lollies sell out a day or two before!
- A mandarin can be turned into a tiny jack-O-lantern with a black marker.
- Make sure that the lollies you are handing out to trick-or-treaters are individually wrapped.
- Don’t forget to pick up some goodie baskets for your kids, these ones from <Kmart, Target, Big W> are super cute!
- If you’re hosting a party and want your food table to look amazing, you don’t have to prepare a crazy amount of novelty foods. Just choose orange or black colours where you can! You can also pop some eyeballs on regular treats and sprinkle the table with fake spiders.