October is notoriously a month where we embrace the spooky, the weird and the down right devilishly good ghoulish craziness. Whilst it tends to be our cousins over the pond who immerse themselves in the traditions of Halloween whole heartedly, that doesn’t mean that we do not want to get in on the action.
So, when your fiendish friends descend upon you this year, we ant to make sure you are prepared
Crucial to a smooth sailing month of magical mayhem is the ability to ensure that all witches, wizards and creatures from beyond have all of the information that they need. Clear, concise information is called for, let’s face it, they may be witches and wizards, but that doesn’t automatically make them psychics!
For example, there may be some areas of your
hovel home that you wish to remain off limits to say vampires and werewolves, an area only suitable for wizarding folk. In this case, to avoid embarrassment to fanged friends and whinny sensitive wolves, or any other creature, clear signs should be placed.
Signs such as this one pictured to the left are available from All Posters for just £3.99, ensuring that your guests are aware of any restrictions placed upon certain rooms. Not only does it feature a bold print making the words clear, but for those who have yet to master reading and writing, it even has some little pictures to get the message across.
Who wants an ogre breathing in their cauldron? Am I right?
Of course, there is a good possibility that you now nothing of magical beings and such, so it is only right you would want to do a little research and find out who you will be dealing with and just what their traditions might be. A fantastic book for this is The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic & Spells.
Published by Pavilion, The Magpie and the Wardrobe is an incredibly beautiful book to look through. The illustrated pages give so much atmosphere to the words upon them, a real sense of history and passion is gleamed from every single turn.
The book is all about the traditions and customs that are part of our long history, where they came from, how they were thought to work, as well as recipes, magic and fairy tales. It is simply enchanting in every way possible and would make a wonderful present for anyone this year.
Learn about the origins of Punch and Judy, pressing flowers, a traditional trifle recipe or even candle wish magic. The book is set out in months, meaning the right time to present this to your loved one is Christmas as they can explore the wonders of its content throughout the following year. It even comes with a gorgeous Four Leaf Clover charm!
Available from Pavilion in hardback for £20
The next section can be used in two ways, either as a lovely gift for your friends or as something for yourself that you can use to keep your guests busy.
Sacred Sites Oracle Cards is a beautiful gift set that explores spiritual energy and the scared sites of our world. It includes a deck of oracle cards and a handbook that not only explains the set to you, but will help you to interpret each card and what it can mean for you, or the person you are reading for.
Barbara Meiklejohn-Free is a shamanic healer and has put together this stunning set using hand drawn images, by spiritual artist Yuri Leitch, of some of the worlds most incredible and historical sites, such as Giza, Stonehenge and Chitchen Itza.
The deck contains 52 cards and they will help you to address the three areas of your life – past, present and future. They can be used for more than just readings though and the step by step guidebook will help you with those, but each card has as mentioned above, a lovely picture that contains spiritual imagery. This depiction can be used for meditation as well.
Dubbed to connect you to the sites shown on each card and allow you to draw energy from, they are a great gift for anyone who loves tarot and are perfect for Halloween, should you be so inclined!
Available from Watkins Publishing for £14.99
The problem with having supernatural creatures visit, which is of course unavoidable at Halloween, is that to some, (we are naming names, but the vampires), will be instantly attracted to your blood pumping trough your veins. Whilst it is always nice to smell good for your guests, for these particular ones you might want to consider masking your scent or you might end up being the cocktail at your party.
We searched high and low for a suitable fragrance for All Hallows Eve and think we have found just the right one! The Library of Fragrance have released a spooky scent that will make you smell extremely festive, without leaving you in a compromising situation.
Pumpkin Pie is a wonderfully warm and spicy fragrance that is perfect for Halloween, it will leave you smelling like you have been in the kitchen baking this delicious dish all day and have brought the yummy aroma with you! It can also be layered, like any of The Library of Fragrance’s other scents allowing to to create an aroma that is completely unique to you. Maybe pair it with Thunderstorm or Bonfire, or both.
Available from The Library of Fragrance for £15
When it comes to setting the scene and creating a little atmosphere for your guests, there is no better way that using candles. Whether you go for the Gothic candelabra or something less traditional, candles add just the right amount of light and shadow to any room when it comes to Halloween.
When it comes to choosing your candles, you can of course pop down to your local supermarket and pick up some bog standard candles, but why settle for less when you can have so much more with Yankee Candles. The name is synonymous with high quality and they have released a special Halloween themed range that is terrifically terrifying.
This wicked concoction including Patchouli, creates a rich black candle that will give your home an exquisitely eerie environment, fit for even the most wayward witches and their familiars. It has a burn time of 65 to 90 hours meaning that you can be certain that the smell will envelope your
hovel home with this spellbinding sent, right the way through All Hallows Eve.
Available from Yankee Candles for £18.99
Spider Web Candle Holder
If you prefer to have a sprinkling of candle light dotted about your domain, then candle holders may be more suited to your needs. This frightfully fabulous Spider Web one comes with its own little spider and a glass to hold your candle.
Available from Yankee Candles for £11.99
No host is the one with the most unless they provide refreshments for guests. Now we don’t advocate supplying your more, picky (?) visitors with people or their chosen prey, no. Instead we think that suitably Halloween-ish treats are in order to make your party go with a bang.
Toffee Apple Fruit Infusion
Whittard of Chelsea have created an appealing fruit infusion that will have even the most hardened creatures from beyond salivating as the aroma hits their nostrils. Toffee Apple is a tea that is sweet and fruity, devilishly delicious served hot or cold. It is even presented in a gorgeous black and orange tin that is covered in sugar skulls!
Available at Whittard of Chelsea from £6.50
Haribo – Share The Fun
Yes, that is right, Haribo is the perfect addition to your putrid puss infested shindig, especially since they have a fabulous large tin containing 24 treat packs, making sharing easy and fun!
Containing all of your Haribo favourites, your guests will be able to thrill themselves with Tangfastics, Supermix and Starmix. Tasty treats for all your friends and most likely enough for any surprise Trick or Treaters that mysteriously appear a your door!