Spookily stylish ideas to celebrate Halloween

Picture credit: Annabel Karmel’s mummy muffins on Sheerluxe.com Picture credit: Annabel Karmel’s mummy muffins on Sheerluxe.com

It’s that spookily stylish time of year again and here at BrandAlley HQ, we love any excuse to let our hair down.

So, we’ve been searching the blogosphere for clever ideas to vamp up 2013’s Halloween celebrations. Check out our devilishly-chic top picks…

Halloween nails

You’ve got your party outfit sorted but your nails look underdressed. Don’t fret, there’s loads of inspiration for gorgeous Halloween nails on iVillage.co.uk Beauty & Style. And if you’re a fan of video how-tos, head over to YouTube for elleandish//Janelle’s helpful Halloween Nail Tutorial.

Picture credit: Instagram/Deborah Lippman via iVillage.co.uk Beauty & Style

Smokey eyes

Smokey eyes are totally on-trend for the party season. If you’re not sure how to create this dramatic gothic-chic look, just follow the simple instructions from beauty expert, Julyne Derrick on About.com. She also includes really useful tips on how to pull off dramatic evening make-up, including the importance of focusing on either smokey eyes or red lips – but never ever both!

Picture credit: Cara Delavingne at The Met Ball 2013 from OK.co.uk

A wickedly warm welcome

Want to cast a spell on your Halloween guests to get them in the party spirit as they arrive? Try decorating your front door with cut-out-black-card spiders in string cobwebs and pumpkin lanterns. To find out how and to see more spookilicious DIY decorations, go to All About You.

Picture credit: All about you>Craft>No Knit no sew

Gruesome tea party

So, you’re throwing a Halloween party for your little ones and need suggestions for a ghoulish spread to make them giggle? Take a look at Annabel Karmel’s absolutely adorable Halloween bites for kids, featured on Sheerluxe.com. Can’t wait to bake the Mummy Muffins!

Picture credit: Annabel Karmel’s mummy muffins on Sheerluxe.com
Picture credit: Annabel Karmel’s mummy muffins on Sheerluxe.com

Devilishly good

If you’re planning a more grown-up Halloween feast, visit Jamie Oliver’s blog for fun dishes to cook. Plus, there’s a lovely collection of Halloween baking recipes and cocktail ideas on BBC Food. And don’t miss our talented Marketing Assistant, Bonnie’s homemade pumpkin pie recipe with a spicy chocolatey twist. Delish!

Picture credit: Halloween punch on BBC Food recipes

Make a pumpkin vase

To make your Halloween table to look extra spooky-chic, why not turn a pumpkin into a vase and fill it with flowers to create a stylish centrepiece? It’s really easy. Just choose a flowering plant in a plant pot and scoop out a plant-pot-sized hole in the pumpkin. Then simply place your pretty plant into the hole. Ta dah! Or how about putting a display of autumn foliage in it instead? For more tips on decorating pumpkins, visit relish.com.

Picture credit: Mini pumpkin vase – Natalie from I Heart This Blog

Happy Halloween

Jo x