Terrifying table setting ideas

If you’re throwing a devilishly delicious dinner party this Halloween, come and find decorations to die for, scarily good centerpieces and table treats – all with savings up to 60% every day. To help you get started, we’ve put together some fun themes and ideas that will bring your dinner party to life (or should we say, after-life).

Gothic glam
Bring some spooky sophistication to the table with a more elegant take on Halloween. Combine dark purple with deep red and black to create a super stylish table top. Come and find black vases and blood red faux flowers to dot around the table, as well as church candles, plates and gothic silverware – just be sure to pop in store and get them before they’re gone. For a finishing touch, try painting a couple of pumpkins black – they make surprisingly gourde-gous centerpieces!

‘Day of the Dead’
For a more colourful twist on the creepiest day of the year, take inspiration from the Mexican festival. Hot pink, vibrant blue and bright yellow are all invited. Pop down to your local store for Day of the dead inspired candelabras, decorative skulls and even face masks. You could also paint a pumpkin, Mexican style, and fill it with a colourful punch.

A happy Halloween
For a more light-hearted, fun-filled dinner – then why not embrace the playful side of Halloween with lots of bright orange, vivid green and quality props you’ll want to use every year. Find cauldrons, Frankenstein cups, ‘Happy Halloween’ signs and claw tea light holders right now in store. Why not buy some black napkins and fold some origami bat-shapes for your guests, too.

How to make Halloween cookies…

- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, then line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

- In a large bowl, add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and sugar. Then add the butter, and mix it until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs.

- In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together. Then add the mixture into the other bowl and stir until the mixture clumps together.

- Once you’ve got a dough consistency, tip it out and knead it for a few minutes until smooth. Then wrap it in cling film and pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes.

- Finally, roll out your dough to 0.5cm/¼in thickness on to a lightly floured surface, grab your cookie cutter and start making lots of spooky shapes – like pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts and bats. Then place them on the baking tray, leaving a gap between each one.

- Bake for 12-15 minutes (until lightly golden-brown). Once they’ve cooled, whip up your icing and start drawing on your spooktacular skeletons!

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