Ghoulish Gadgets and Gifts for a hair-raising Halloween
Halloween is a time for spooking your friends, tricking family members and overindulging in tasty sweets. Whether you’re planning to carve a pumpkin, watch a scary film, go to a party or dress up for some ‘trick-or-treating’, the 31st of October is all about taking part in some fright-filled fun. To get you in the mischievous mood and turn your home into a real ‘house of horrors’, here are some must-have gadgets, apps and ‘boy toys’ for Halloween 2016!
Frightening fake blood
Fake blood is a great way to turn that old white t-shirt into a gruesome blood-soaked zombie outfit: simply tear or cut a few rips into the material, pale your face with white face paint (or flour) and drench yourself in fake blood. Then step back and admire!
All you need now is to practice your best ‘zombie walk’ (and obligatory groans) to send everyone running away in fear! The best thing about fake blood is that it’s one of the easiest ways to turn any outfit into an instant Halloween hit.
You can even splash it over an old school uniform to be a zombie kid, or put on an oversized white shirt and mess up your hair for a ‘living-dead’ mad scientist effect.
If you always have trouble carving a real pumpkin, and want to come up with a really cool design to impress your mates with, then the Carve-A-Pumpkin app lets you choose a stencil and create a virtual one. You can then either use this for your own pumpkin-carving ideas, or simply add a message and share it on social media.
This is also a great app for parents, as it takes away the stress of using sharp knives on slippery pumpkin flesh. Staying in the spooky spirit, Halloween Card Creator is also a fun app for creating ghostly (and mess-free) greetings cards to share with friends.
Spooky scene projectors
DIY Halloween decorations are a great way to spend time together as a family. To spook up your house using everyday items, start by stretching a few torn black bin liners and cotton-wool cobwebs across your curtain rail to create an eerie window display.
If you want to take your window display to the next level, digital projects are a great way to scare the neighbours! For those of you who know your way around a computer, you can even create the scene yourself, developing a loop of flying ghosts, silhouetted zombies shuffling around your home or skeletons tapping at your window.
Fearsome face paints
If you’re eager to impress this Halloween, a good set of face paints from Hawkin’s Bazaar should definitely be on the shopping list. There are loads of online tutorials to show you how to create some spectacularly scary face paint effects, and this has prompted a new high standard at fancy-dress parties.
Whether you’re looking for a quick-fix zombie effect or are planning on spending hours creating a hair-raising skeleton, clown or monster design, basic face paints can do the lot. You won’t even need an expensive costume: the face paints are impressive enough!
Keen gardener? You can create a garden of horrors just by making a few subtle changes. If you’ve got gnomes in your garden, why not freak everyone out by swapping them for zombie gnomes? Either keep them in their original positions for a really uncanny effect, or place them at the door and on the roof of your garden shed for a zombie apocalypse!
Spine-tingling voice recorders
There’s nothing more unnerving than hearing unexpected sounds or voices, and not being able to work out where they’re coming from. This is why a simple voice recorder is one of the most under-used (and seriously frightening) Halloween gadgets out there.
You can use it in a number of wicked ways: to play tricks on your family members by recording ghostly sounds and hiding the device somewhere in the house (preferably in a spot where they’re likely to be alone).
Another great trick is to add a ghoulish backing track to your Halloween party or even record a medley of nightmarish noises and hide the recorder outside your home. So when trick-or-treaters come knocking, they’re the ones who get a real fright!
Ghostly glow-in-the-dark games
An easy way to give your favourite ‘boy toys’ a Halloween twist is to buy (or make) glow-in-the-dark versions. You’d be amazed at how easy it is to turn your home into a house of horrors.
For example, drop some glow sticks in a few water bottles and you’ve got instant spooky Halloween lamps. Why not line these up at the end of the hallway for glow-in-the-dark skittles, or make a glowing grid on the floor for ghostly tic-tac-toe (using different colours for the noughts and crosses)?
If you want to play some games or want to have some family fun, get everyone together for the ultimate marble challenge with this glow-in-the-dark marble racing set – it’s harder than it looks!
With the amount of cool technology, gadgets and ‘boy toys’ there really is no excuse not to make an effort this year and take part in a spectacularly scare-inducing event!