Halloween party

Back in the mists of time, Halloween was a sideshow to the Big Autumn Event that is Bonfire Night. Now, the annual horror-fest gears up the minute the summer holidays are over.

Mumsnetters are nothing if not resigned pragmatic, so we've garnered your tips to get us all through the ghastly ghostly goings-on.

Costume inspiration

mummy costume

Halloween is one of the few times of the year you can wear fancy dress whether you're four or 40. Grab your sewing kit, face paints (or nip to the costume shop) and get involved.

Party games and things to do

Halloween party

Spooky party games and days out are a great way to get in to the spirit (pun intended) of Halloween. Click the links, if you dare…

Simple spooky crafts

Ghostly Garland

We've got your Halloween party sorted with three easy-to-make crafts. Whip up a last-minute mask, ghostly decorations and spooky spiders to hide around the house. 

Halloween party food

spider muffins

What food makes the best eyeball substitute? And what do you do with all that left over pumpkin after you've carved your creepy creation? Answers this way.

Halloween films and books

If trick-or-treating's not your thing, why not curl up on the sofa (or hide behind it) with a suitably spooky film or book? We've got you sorted – from bewitching tales for children to scarier stuff for grown-ups.

Real-life parenting nightmares

scared woman face

Sometimes it's the everyday stuff which is scariest… As parents know only too well, it only takes a few words to strike fear into a grown adult. Prepare to be TRULY terrified.

Surviving Halloween

halloween party

Love it or hate it, it's that time of year again! Whether you want to shut the curtains and ignore the trick-or-treaters or welcome them into a haunted house, we've got tips to help you get through Halloween.

All things pumpkin

pumpkin risotto

Looking for carving inspiration or a way to cut your Jack O'Lantern waste? Have no fear – we've got the solution.