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The creepiest night of the year is almost upon us, so we’ve been turning our minds to Halloween and investigating some of the top trends to look out for in 2019…

Move over, pumpkins
Pumpkin carving may well be the tradition, but expect to see slightly more unusual jack o’lanterns this year. Many people are predicting that pineapple and watermelon carving will go down a trick or treat, and it’s easy to see why. Hollowed out and with their scalp of spikes reattached, pineapples can start to look quite menacing, while the ghoulish green skin and red flesh of a watermelon definitely give us the creeps.

Movie inspiration
Expect to see costumes themed around some of the biggest movies of the year so far. Hitting the big screens in September was the second part of Stephen King’s IT, so Pennywise the clown might be hard to avoid this Halloween. On a lighter theme, the live-action Aladdin went down a storm and we can expect to see plenty of people kitted out as Princess Jasmine, Aladdin or the Genie.

Day of the Dead décor for your venue
If you really want to go wild this Halloween, then hiring a venue for a proper event means a bigger space to customise with some spooky décor. Over the past couple of years there has been growing interest in the South American tradition of the Day of the Dead, and this year it will be massive in terms of decorations. Think skull and rose cutouts suspended from the ceiling, alongside brightly patterned lanterns and bunting.

Say cheers!
No Halloween party is complete without some scary cocktails in the mix. If you’ve chosen to hire a space and have lots of people coming, then punch bowls are a great way to go and this year’s top recipe has to be the Vampire Punch. The UK has become gin-obsessed, and this recipe mixes gin with Campari, orange juice and pomegranate seeds for a seriously addictive party starter!

More treats than tricks
Sweet treats shouldn’t just be for the children. Perhaps it’s a ‘Great British Bake Off’ effect, but 2019 has to be the year of the elaborate Halloween cake. Time to flex those creative muscles by seeing who can create the scariest dessert, with graveyard themes and spiderwebs sure to feature highly at any Halloween party.

If you’re looking for the ideal place to celebrate, you can find a venue easily on Cajoot. Once you’ve booked your venue, you can style it to your heart’s content for a Halloween party with a difference!