Halloween isn’t something I massively celebrated as a kid. We weren’t allowed to go Trick or Treating and it was only when I went to university that I even bothered with fancy dress. Sexy dead nurse. Sexy dead cheerleader. One year we even had sexy dead builder. Don’t ask.
But as Halloween has now become almost as big a holiday here as it is the US, I wanted to share 4 essentials to a grown-up Halloween, in partnership with Studio.co.uk. If it means getting wrapped up in a blanket, with scary films and a bucket load of chocolate, then this is an American tradition I can get fully on board with.
Let’s start by setting the scene. The wind’s howling outside, you’re pretty sure you’ve just heard a werewolf (or the neighbours dog), and there are ghosts and zombies walking the streets outside.
For added comfort, I threw in these pink metallic cushion covers to update my living room space. Priced at £9.99 for two, I’d have to be honest and say these weren’t the best quality. Perhaps it was a default pair that I received but the hole is so small to push the cushion filler in, that one ended up ripping down the side. I think the key might be to buy thin fillers or not be as heavy-handed as me. Anyway, nothing a needle and thread can’t sort out, but I did want to be completely transparent.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without chocolate, right? I live on the top floor of an apartment block so I have zero excuses as to why I’d need a basket full of delicious Green & Black’s chocolate but hey ho! I’m a
This Green & Blacks Chocolate Lovers Basket Hamper is the perfect gift for the chocoholic in your life, if you ask me. Priced at £29.99, you get a collection of G&B’s intense chocolate products, including Dark 85% and Roasted Almond bards, alongside the best-selling organic Tasting Collection box – all packaged beautifully in a black metal frame hamper with black faux leather fastening and silver metal clasp.
You know you’re mid-thirties when you start talking about getting the ambiance right for a night in. But what’s better on a cold, dark night than coming in and lighting a gorgeously smelling candle.
This Woodwick Fireside Hearthwick candle (£21.99) not only smells amazing – with natural scents of amber, vetiver, and musk combined – it looks beautiful too. With a horizontal wick (which sounds like a cracking log fire when lit), the dual-purpose lid acts as a heat resistant mat but also keeps the soy-based wax free from dust. A great gift idea closer to Christmas perhaps.
Another way of setting the scene was by adding these copper caged LED string lights (£2.99), which let’s be fair, don’t automatically have to be packed away once Halloween is over. I’ve now added these over my bed to give a soft light as I’m meditating on an evening, and honestly, I don’t think I’ll be taking them down any time soon. There’s something so relaxing about soft lighting.
OK, so finally we come the second best part of the evening – the chocolate was obviously the first – which scary films and TV shows to watch?
I’m currently watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix and even though the first three episodes weren’t as scary as I’d hoped, we’re now getting into the swing of things and the storyline is a little easier to follow. A definite recommendation if you’re looking for a new series to watch.
In terms of films, I like classics such as Halloween, IT, Friday the 13th and The Hills Have Eyes. Perhaps pick two films and have yourself a marathon for the night – if your heart can take it.
How do you plan on celebrating Halloween this season? If you don’t have children, or you’re not going out but still want to make an evening of it, why not invite some friends over for a grown-up Halloween of your own scare-fest and boxset binge.
*Post in partnership with Studio.co.uk as part of my ongoing brand ambassadorship.