Seven great Halloween party ideas for Grown ups

Why should Children have all the fun at Halloween? I must admit I do love Halloween. I find it a great excuse to have a party, dress up and eat some great food. Yet, all my parties these days are very Children focused. Now the boys are getting older, it might be the time to have a party just for the grown ups!Halloween party

7 great Halloween Party ideas for Grown ups

I’ve been inspired by the Halloween Pack provided by Festive Lights. To give you seven great ideas that will rock your grown ups Halloween party.


halloween party ideas1. There seems to be no pumpkin shortage this year. So go to town with pumpkins. Just having a big pile of them can be enough to create a great Halloween look. Or you could try a pumpkin carving competition. But perhaps that should happen before any drinking.Halloween party ideas

2. Candles add great atmosphere and look great when allowed to burn down awhile and leave dripping wax. Stick them in old wine bottles and burn for a few hours before the party to achieve this look.

Or if you want to avoid the hazard of open flames and drunk guests you can pick up some battery powered ones.


I’m sorry but you can’t have a Halloween party without dressing up. I have even managed to convince hubby to do this and he hates dressing up.

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3. A simple look is to be a corpse. All you need is black and white face paint and you can be the corpse of your choice. Office corpse, footballer corpse or my favourite a corpse bride.halloween party

4. You can even have a go at making your own mini corpse bride bouquet, with my handy tutorial. halloween party



5. Great drinks. Every grown ups Halloween party. Needs to have some great cocktails. Go to town and be creative with the theme. Check out my Pinterest board for some good starting points.

Halloween party food.

6. To soak up all the booooze you need some good food. I’ve previously posted some great ideas for Halloween Party food. Although for kids originally they could be updated for more grown up tastes. Jello shots with gummy worms. Booze in the graveyard trifle.halloween party


7. Finally once everyone has had admired each others costumes, had their fill of cake and cocktails. You need to entertain your guests. My favourite suggestion  from the party pack is to play the mummy game which involves wrapping someone in loo roll quickly. Inexpensive and great fun. The loo roll will probably come in handy later, for cleaning up too!

For other great Halloween party ideas check out this Halloween pack from Festive Lights.

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Free skull with flower head band cross stitch pattern PDF

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d share with you this delightful skull pattern. Isn’t she beautiful? She’s got flowers on her skull and she’s ready to party. Although the pattern is quite large at just under 100 x 100 it has a limited palette and I have not filled in the skull, preferring just to outline her in black on white cloth. You could however fill her head in, if you chose to stitch her on coloured cloth. I’d love to see pics of her and you can share them with me on Twitter and my Facebook page. Just click on the read more link to download the free pattern.

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Free cross stitch pattern, Halloween skull cat

I’ve got a thing for cats at the moment in my cross stitch work, I also love the filled in silhouette that is currently so popular. So I thought I’d combine cats and skulls for a cute Halloween design. Click on the read more link for the Free cross stitch pattern download.

free cross stitch pattern Halloween

 This is a great cross stitch pattern for beginners. It uses only full count stitches and only two colours, so it can be made quickly. It would look great in colour colour combinations as well. Green and black or red and black would also be good for Halloween. Don’t forget to check out all my other great Halloween free cross stitch patterns.


Free cross stitch pattern Halloween Skull Cat

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Halloween party decorations and food

I just thought I would do a quick round up of all the Halloween party food and decorations I made for last year’s celebrations. I quiet like Halloween as it’s a chance to get together with friends and family and celebrate but without the pressure of Christmas. Good food, fun and the chance to dress up! Halloween is a chance to go to town with the decorations and be playful with the food.Halloween party decorations and food
We don’t let our kids trick or treat around where we live, so I love to have as many kids over to party. With so many niece’s and nephew’s now we soon have a house full!
Halloween party decorations and food

I kept the colour scheme simple and went for purple and black as my main colours. I used a large piece of purple fabric for my table cloth and cut a black vinyl spider web to decorate it.

 Halloween party display ideas.

Halloween party decorations and food

I used some black sticker film and cut eyes and a mouth to decorate my fish bowl vase and then filled it with cheese puffs to make a pumpkin.

Halloween party decorations and food

I baked chocolate cupcakes and topped them with marshmallow teacakes and red laces to make spider cakes.

Halloween party decorations and food

I also decorated my paper plates with a sharpie to make spider webs.

Halloween party decorations and food

I made crepe paper purple roses and added fresh ivy to make tasteful table decorations.

Halloween party decorations and food

I also used purple feathers to continue to colour scheme.

Halloween party decorations and food

To make this spooky salad I used a bag of bistro salad that has shredded beetroot in it and then added slices of cucumber on the top. I made the faces in the cucumber by cutting them with the end of a drinking straw.


Halloween party decorations and food


For sweet treats I made this graveyard black forest trifle and worm jellies.

Halloween party decorations and food

Overall I was really pleased with the final spread and everyone had a great time. I hope this inspires you and that you have a Happy Halloween.

Halloween party decorations and food
Halloween party decorations and food

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

A great Spider web pattern to whip up for Halloween. Only one colour to use and would look great hung in it’s hoop. If you like my cross stitch patterns why not follow me on Instagram where you can see me stitching up my favourites of my designs. Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern
I’m hoping to stitch this one up in time for Halloween this year, I think it would look great in the hallway. Just click on the link to download your free Spider web pattern.

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

Don’t forget to check out all my other great Halloween cross stitch patterns.

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern


Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

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Great Halloween craft ideas

I do love crafting for Holidays and Halloween is becoming one occasion we celebrate more than we used to in the U.K. We have a lot of catching up, until we are anything like the USA for all things spooky, but with that in mind I thought I’d quickly share my Pinterest Halloween board as it has some great, quick and kid friendly ideas on it. Enjoy!

       Follow Ruth Cartwright’s board Halloween crafts on Pinterest.

Cartoon Spider Halloween counted cross stitch chart

How about this for a cute quick make for Halloween? It doesn’t all have to be gore and guts to get into the spooky Holiday, especially when you have little ones in the house or coming to visit. If you fancy stitching up this cute spider visit my Etsy store when you can purchase, download and get stitching as soon as you want. Just click on the link at the bottom of the post. Cartoon Spider Halloween counted cross stitch chart


Jammy eyeballs recipe

Who doesn’t love the combination of biscuit and jam? Even better when you can call them jammy eyeballs and be all gross at Halloween! If your kids are anything like mine this will be highly amusing. A great recipe to make with the kids, only a few basic ingredients and a whole lot of fun.


To make jammy eyeballs you will need:
  • 225g Gluten free self raising flour
  • 100g margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • mix to mix
  • jam
  1. Heat the oven to 200c gas mark 6.
  2. Grease a baking tray.
  3. Rub the margarine into the flour.
  4. Stir in the sugar.
  5. Mix to a stiff dough with the egg and the milk.
  6. Roll into walnut sized balls, place on the tray.
  7. Push your thumb into the centre of each ball.
  8. Fill each hole with a little jam.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.




Corpse bride mini bouquet.

I have decided to go as a corpse bride to my Halloween party this year. My costume is inspired a little by the movie but in no way is it a copy. I wanted to make a little bouquet to carry and whilst sat in my study my eyes landed on some artificial button holes I had kept from an earlier wedding we had attended. I grouped four of them together and bound them with florist tape.

I then stippled a base coat of light blue fabric paint on the edges of the rose petals.

Then using black fabric paint with a dry brush I dragged black from the base of the petals. I still wanted to keep some of the white and not obscure the blue.

Overall I am really pleased with the results and the photos don’t do the bouquet justice to how other worldly the flowers look.

I am now going to try the technique on a larger scale to make my costume. I have a very old lace dress that I am going to hand paint to match. I’ll post progress photos soon!