Halloween

  • Our pick of the best Halloween Trick or Treat Sweets!

    One of our favourite Halloween traditions is trick or treating. It’s great to get all dressed up in fabulous Halloween costumes and head around the neighbourhood on the hunt for delicious tasty treats.

    It’s also great to see a whole host of zombies, skeletons, witches, and warlocks haunting the streets as kids get into the Halloween spirit.

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to enjoy Halloween 2018 and ensure you and your family have a night you won’t forget in a hurry.

    Included in our range are a whole host of perfect trick or treat sweets and items that can be given to any terrifying visitor to your door this Halloween, or just eaten as a delicious snack yourself!

    Where does Trick or Treating come from?

    One interesting question is why do we go Trick or Treating at Halloween? You might not have thought about it before, but it’s all a little bit strange, isn’t it!?

    It goes back to the origins of Halloween itself. Though nobody seems to be 100% certain of where Halloween originates from, the dressing up as ghosts and ghouls that you see with modern Halloween might well be linked to the Gaelic festival of Samhain.

    This is when the Celts believed the world of ghosts and ghouls was at its closest, so people would dress up in terrifying outfits to ward them off.

    Fast forward to 2018 and that’s why you see children and big kids alike sporting spooky costumes. But why do they go from door to door trick or treating?

    It all seems to stem back to the Middle Ages, where children would dress up in costumes and beg for food and money in exchange for prayers or songs around Halloween. These offerings were often made on behalf of the dead, all adding to the spookiness.

    This is the beginnings of what trick or treat has come to be today, and we’re delighted that we have an excuse to celebrate Halloween in style.

    Buy Spooky Sweets and Treats from Poundstretcher

    We have a host of excellent cheap sweets and confectionary available at Poundstretcher for you, your family, and any trick or treaters that visit your home this Halloween.

    We have exceptional Party Mix Sweets Tubs, as well as chocolate pumpkins and chocolate eyeballs to get your teeth into.

    Or why not try these Halloween gummy body parts or Halloween cyclops eyeballs? They may sound gross, but they taste delicious.

    You can also buy Drumstick Squashies in a host of flavours, as well as lollipops, Parma Violets and Refresher sweets for you to get your teeth into.

    And if you and the family are heading out trick or treating, you can also buy great items in which to keep your Halloween treats this year. Take a look at our spooky holographic trick or treat bags for example, or our skeleton trick or treat bags.

    We also stock pumpkin sweet buckets that are great for collecting goodies in, as well as trick or treat bowls and witches cauldrons.

    So be sure to start planning your visit to your nearest Poundstretcher store before this Halloween and pick up some tasty treats. Use our Find a Store tool today.

  • Why do we dress up and decorate at Halloween?

    At Poundstretcher, Halloween is one of our favourite nights of the year. We love having an excuse to dress up as a scary character and kit out rooms with fabulous ghoulish items.

    But when all is said and done, it’s a bit of a strange thing, isn’t it? Why, one night every year, do we celebrate all things scary and spooky?

    Like most events that take place annually, there’s a fair bit of history and tradition that contributes to how we celebrate it today.

    So with Halloween fast approaching, we’ve taken a look at what lies behind the event to give you a better idea of why your Halloween decorations and Halloween costumes are as they are.

    Halloween’s Roots

    You may know that there’s a religious element to Halloween. In most Christian Churches, the 1st of November is All Saint’s Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day. So the 31st of October is All Hallows’ Eve or Evening, which over time has become ‘Halloween’ as we know it today.

    So that’s where the name comes from, but there’s some debate as to whether the traditions and celebrations associated with Halloween come from Pagan or Christian beginnings.

    One of the most popular theories is that many of the traditions stem from the Gaelic festival Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the transition to the darker time of year.

    This was the time of year when the Celtic people of Ireland and Scotland, in particular, believed the world of ghosts and ghouls was at its closest. So it was at Samhain that these people looked to scare away these ghosts and ghouls and keep them in their own world using all many of spooky techniques, such as lighting bonfires and wearing costumes for example.

    Interestingly, one of the reasons the pumpkin is so associated with Halloween is because Christians were encouraged to abstain from meat on All Hallows’ Day. So alternatives, such as pumpkins, were sought and thus became associated with Halloween as we know it.

    It seems that Halloween, as it’s celebrated in the modern age, takes inspiration from a number of historical traditions – all of which band together for the spooky fun we enjoy today.

    Halloween Today

    However, the traditions we today associate with Halloween came about, Halloween today is big business.

    With mass emigration from Europe to the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries, many traditions went with those people who moved across the Atlantic.

    This is why today there are huge festivals and celebrations around Halloween in the US, and the event has become a major part of popular culture both there and in the UK.

    You can get Halloween decoration ideas by taking a look through our superb selection of products. We also stock excellent Halloween partyware, as well as plenty of plenty of Halloween sweets and confectionary in our Trick and Treat range. We also host a wide selection of bargain Halloween decorations to get your homes or offices looking exactly as you wish.

    Be sure to head to your nearest Poundstretcher store before 31st October and get everything you need for Halloween 2018.

  • Get Ghoulishly Great Halloween Decorations at Poundstretcher

    Halloween is when all the spooky, ghoulish things come out to play. Not only does that make it a great excuse to get dressed up in fantastic Halloween costumes, but there’s also ample opportunity to decorate rooms, offices, and any space you fancy with Halloween decorations.

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to have a Halloween to remember! With a wide variety of bargain Halloween decorations to help set the mood, you can be sure everyone will get into the fright night feel.

     

     Spooky Lights

    Getting the right lights in place goes a long way when it comes to creating that creepy Halloween vibe. Poundstretcher is the place to head to in order to find themed lights that are the perfect addition to anywhere you want to give a frightening feel to.

    We stock a selection of spooky Halloween lights that come in a range of shapes such as bats, spiders, pumpkins and ghosts.

    There are also string lights with a Halloween style available. Take a look at our eyeball and pumpkin string lights. These are great items to hang to create a scary environment in which to celebrate this spooky day.

     

    Truly Ghoulish Products

    Here at Poundstretcher, we know exactly what will get those pulses racing and people jumping out of their skin this Halloween.

    For starters, we have scary spider webs and 4 packs of spider web decorations. These really give off that creepy vibe needed for a Halloween party, as do these fright tape products, which we have available with messages such as ‘Biohazard’ and ‘Enter if you dare’.

    We stock tinsel Halloween decorations too. Take a look at these pumpkin, black cat and spider web decorations – ideal items for creating a spooky vibe. If you want something even scarier, then why not grab these spooky rat and bird skeleton models, or these hanging caged skeletons, available in silver or gold.

    Why not think about a hanging bone angel skeleton or a creepy skull chain? Or for those people looking to create a really nightmarish vibe, we have hanging pirate skullscreepy rat decorations, and even a severed leg available! These are sure to give any guests to your Halloween party the heebie-jeebies!

     

    Family Fun Decorations

    We know these kinds of decorations aren’t for everybody, so our range of Halloween decorations at Poundstretcher caters to all the family.

    We offer glitter shapes of pumpkins and skulls, as well as glow in the dark googly eyes, spooky tea lights and Halloween character bunting.

    In fact, we have a variety of partyware available. We stock Halloween balloons, glow sticks, and Halloween garlands, so there’s no reason not to head to your nearest Poundstretcher store for all your Halloween 2018 needs!

  • Spookily Great Ideas for Your Halloween Costumes This Year

    Whether you’re going to a party or heading out Trick or Treating, dressing up for Halloween is a lot of fun. Getting your costume looking truly ghoulish and scary can really add to your Halloween experience, so don’t have a casual approach.

    Poundstretcher has a great Halloween range in store, allowing you to purchase exactly what you need to celebrate this spooky day in style.

    Included in our collection is a host of Halloween costumes for kids as well as Halloween fancy dress for adults. So there’s no excuse not to scare the living daylights out of your friends and family on 31st October.

    We’ve picked out some of our favourite costumes for Halloween to share with you and inspire you to visit our store. So why not pick up some great, cheap Halloween costumes from Poundstretcher today?

     

    Great, Ghoulish Options for Kids

    Kids love to get into the spirit of things at Halloween and having a great children’s Halloween costume is the perfect way to do this.

    We stock brilliant Rainbow Witch, X-Ray Skeleton and Clown costumes that can help kids really get into the Halloween spirit and embrace the occasion.

    Poundstretcher is renowned as the perfect place to pick up great items at low prices. So ahead of this Halloween, we’ve got fantastic deals on these Witch, Grim Reaper and Ghost costumes for kids. Get your children into character and let them enjoy Halloween while looking great.

    Spooky Halloween Costumes for Adults

    Nobody’s too old to get into that spooky Halloween spirit. That’s why there is a superb range of Halloween fancy dress costumes for adults as well as children available at Poundstretcher.

    We stock streaked neon wigs in colours such as orange and purple that look fabulous and are a great way to get that bold, Halloween look going.

    Poundstretcher also stocks deluxe wicked witch hats, as well as spider web witch headbands and exciting Spider web-style hats too.

    Masks are a must-have when it comes to Halloween fancy dress, and we have a wide collection at Poundstretcher. Pick from our Shiny Sinister masks, available in red and blue options, as well as hockey horror masks and skull masks that are truly terrifying. These Frankenstein and Hooded masks are also particularly spooky.

     

    Terrifying Accessories

    To add the finishing touches to your Halloween outfit, Poundstretcher also stocks a wide range of accessories such as fake blood spray and fake clotting blood, makeup sets and glow in the dark bracelets.

    We also have a superb selection of Halloween decorations, sweets and partyware, so be sure to head to your nearest Poundstretcher to stock up on everything you need for Halloween 2018.

    You can find your nearest store here, so don’t delay!

  • Recipe: Devilicious Halloween Cookies

    These devilicious cookies are the perfect treat for your ghoulish guests this Halloween!  Use our cookie cutters to create spooky shapes then get creative with your icing to really make these cookies spooktacular!

    Preparation time: 1 to 2 hours

    Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins

    Serves: 20

    Ingredients

    • 250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened
    • 250g/9oz golden caster sugar
    • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour
    • red and black food colouring (optional)
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • Halloween-themed cookie cutters
    • red, white and black writing icing
    • 200g/7oz ready-to-roll fondant icing
    • 1 tbsp apricot jam, warmed with 1tsp water

    Method

    1. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl, preferably using an electric mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. (If the mixture looks a little curdled, add a spoonful of the flour.) If you’re using food colouring, add a few drops to the mixture.

    2. Sift together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir the flour into the butter mixture and work into a dough using floured hands. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead into a ball (the dough will be quite wet). Divide the dough into two portions, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least one hour.

    3. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

    4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on lightly floured work surface. (It’s best to roll out one portion of the dough at a time, leaving the remainder in the fridge.) Cut shapes out with the Halloween cutters. Take a few limbs and heads off the gingerbread man for added gore.

    5. Place the cookies onto the baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case they spread a little.

    6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

    7. Once cool, let your imagination run wild. Use the red writing icing along the edges of the missing limbs and heads as blood. For the skeletons and mummies, roll the fondant icing out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a work surface dusted with icing sugar and cut out shapes using the same cutters as the cookies. Brush the cookies with the warmed apricot jam and stick the icing onto the cookies. Decorate with the white and black writing icing.

    Recipe credit: BBC Food

  • 6 Easy DIY hacks for spooktacular Halloween decorations!

    Looking for an affordable way to turn your home into a devilishly sinister haunted house this Halloween? Look no further because we’ve put together 6 easy Halloween hacks for spooky decorations below! Scroll down if you dare to discover some amazing DIY decorations, from petrifying painted pumpkins to creepy candles!

    Creepy Candles

    These creepy candles are super easy and a great decoration to place anywhere around the home this Halloween! Simply take a permanent marker and draw on two eyes and a mouth to create ghastly faces! No matter how simple or complex your designs, these candles are bound to creep out your guests!

    via www.growingspaces.net

    Painted Pumpkins

    Want to create some petrifying pumpkins without the mess? Grab a paintbrush and get creative with some painted pumpkin designs! Take inspiration from these amazing creations and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. So easy but SO effective!

    via www.thismama.co.uk

    Mason Jar Mummies

    These mason jar mummies are a great way to create a spooktacular atmosphere this Halloween. Simply wrap bandages around your jar and secure with glue (or even tie in a knot!), then glue on some googly eyes and pop in a tea light! You can even place in our colour changing LED tea lights for a twist on the classic lantern! Browse our selection of mason jars here!

    via www.alittleclaireification.com

    Wall of Bats

    A simple yet fangtastically effective Halloween project is to create a terrifying wall of bats! Print out this bat stencil, then take some black card and fold in half. Place the edge of the stencil marked ‘FOLD’ along the fold in the black card and cut out your bat shape. Unfold and stick to the wall with blu tack! Create as many bats as you like in as many sizes as you want…the more the better!

    via www.madeeveryday.com

    Tangerine Pumpkins

    A cute and quirky alternative to the classic pumpkin, these tangerine pumpkins are perfect for Halloween! Simply take a black marker and draw on your scariest pumpkin design!

    via www.pinterest.com

    Lollypop Ghosts

    We love these cute lollypop ghost creations and they’re super easy to make! Take a lollypop, like one of these Swizzels fruity pop lickables, and wrap a tissue around. Secure with ribbon or an elastic band and draw on your spookiest face! The perfect Halloween treats for your party guests!

    via www.onelittleproject.com

     

     

  • 6 free Halloween pumpkin carving templates

    Carve a petrifying pumpkin with ease using our free downloadable pumpkin templates, just print off, stick to your pumpkin, and cut out the black shapes!

    Easy pumpkin templates

    Take the hassle out of carving with these easy but fun Halloween templates!

    Download the template here

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    Medium pumpkin templates

    For those pumpkin carvers ready to take it to the next level this Halloween, these designs are perfect for carving a terrifying creation!

    Download the template here

    Download the template here

    Difficult pumpkin templates

    Wow your guests with these intricate pumpkin designs this Halloween! These spooky templates are sure to be a fun challenge for the carving pros.

    Download the template here

    Download the template here

    Don't forget the tea lights! Available here

    Adult supervision required at all times

  • Trick or Treat? Get all the Halloween Sweets You Need from Poundstretcher

    Trick or treat! That's right, it's that time of the year once again; Halloween is almost upon us!

    What better way to celebrate this horrifying season than with mouth-watering Halloween sweets?! Whether you wish to hand them out to trick-or-treaters or use them during spooky-scary Halloween parties, Poundstretcher have you covered with a selection of deliciously terrifying Halloween sweets!

    Halloween, formerly known as All Hallows Eve, has been thought to have its beginnings in pagan festivals held around the end of October here in the UK. People originally believed that the spirits of the dead wandered amongst the living. To avoid any nasty confrontations, they dressed in costumes whenever they had t go outside.

    Trick-or-treating arose from these beliefs. The tradition of going from house-to-house 'trick-or-treating' in the UK goes as far back as the 16th century. Throughout the years these customs were outlawed, changed, and developed into the celebrations we see today.

    So, if you're seeking for more treats than tricks this year, why not celebrate this  Halloween in 2017 with Poundstretcher? Our range of affordable and fantastic Halloween sweets will surely be a pleasant shock.

    M-M-M-Murder Motel!

    Want a great mix of spooky Halloween sweets that are themed accordingly and absolutely amazing to sink your fangs into? Well then, our Murder Motel range is just what you're looking for!

    From cyclops eyeballs and gummy body parts to shrunken skull lollipops, you'll find a spine-chilling array of terrifying and gory delights that any little (or big) monster will love to snack on. Or maybe you prefer some brain food instead? Have a mind-tingling sensation with these brain rot sherbet bottles. They're all perfect for Halloween parties and are all just £1 each!

     

     

    Spooky Scary Swizzels

    Maybe you don't want to be feasting on body parts and eyeballs? Maybe you'd rather have a Halloween that's full of Swizzels sweets instead?!

    We have a wide array from Squashies to traditional drumsticks, but why settle for the same old stuff? It's Halloween, try something themed for the occasion! Like this Swizzels Trick Or Treat Lolly Mix, or how about some Squashies with their special orange & blackcurrant flavours?

    Fancy something in higher quantity? We have you covered with these Swizzels Monster Treats of pure hair-raising delight!

     

    Gooey And Oh-So Sweet Marshmallow Cakes

    Maybe you don't want confectionery? Perhaps you'd rather have some delicious chocolate on Halloween instead? Well, if that's what you're after you can have that and so much more with these products from Mammoet Cakes!

    If you're in the mood for a chocolate coating that covers a soft centre of marshmallow filling, then why not give these Marshmallow Chocnight Cakes a try? Or better yet, try these that have been sprinkled with coconut!

     

    Chocolate in Nets!

    Or if you'd rather keep it on the small-scale, then these chocolate pumpkin balls (or eyeballs if you feel gruesome) are perfect as party favours or for giving out to trick-or-treaters.

    Want to find where your nearest Poundstretcher is so you can plan your horrifyingly great Halloween? For all your goodies (be they decorations, costumes, or sweets) then head on over to our Store Finder. You'll be able to find store locations, opening hours, and Google Map directions!

    Happy Halloween! Poundstretcher

  • Bargain Halloween Costumes For All The Family!

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    Looking for a truly 'spook-tacular' Halloween costume to wear this year?

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to transform into a vicious villain; from gruesome face-paints to 'stab-ulous' accessories, as well as our extensive range of 'splen-dead' Halloween costumes in a wide range of sizes.

    Have a SCREAM this Halloween!

    (...and not at the price tags!)

    Toddlers' Halloween Costumes

    At Poundstretcher, we have some adorable Halloween onesies to choose from for your girls and boys!

    There's a goofy spider, spooky skeleton and a cat onesie, all toddler Halloween costumes are only £6.99 EACH!

    So, make sure your little ones are kitted out for trick or treating this Halloween at Poundstretcher!

    Kids' Halloween Costumes

    For your slightly older kids, we have some 'fang-tastic' Halloween costumes for girls and boys!

    If your little Princess wants to trade in her crown for head-ware that's a little more pointy, we have some 'wand-erful' 'good' and 'evil' witch outfits!

    Hero Witch

    As well as witches, we have a spooky skeleton onesie and a charming vampire outfit, complete with a classic bat-winged collar and vintage waistcoat!

    All kids' costumes are only £7.99 EACH!

    Adult Costumes

    And why should the kids have all the fun? Check out our bargain outfits for those of us who are still kids at heart!

    This stylish witch costume is a bargain and great for Halloween parties or if you're taking your little ones trick or treating!

    Grim Reaper

    And if you really take Halloween 'dead' serious, this Grim Reaper costume is simple yet effective!

    In the adult range, you can also pick up a 'Bloody Bride'  costume, complete with a jagged trim and bloody stains or a very suave Dracula costume!

    All our adult Halloween costumes are only £12.99 EACH. Browse the Poundstretcher website to find your favourite!

    Costume Accessories

    No Halloween costume would be complete without authentic accessories! Whatever you decide to dress up as, if you're heading to a party or out trick or treating, make the full transformation with these bargain extras!

    Face Paint, Head-ware and Masks

    With our deluxe costume make-up kits, you get everything you need to transform your face!

    Complete your skeleton costume with this deluxe skull kit! Creepy teeth, face paint and a token skull and cross bones, you can take your halloween costume to the next level and are guaranteed to cause a scare!

    With other fun accessories too from only £1– like this Fangs & Blood Kit– you can become your character for a bargain!

    Check out our collection of face paints, masks and other accessories for your face or hair that will bring your Halloween costume to life!

    Accessories

    Whatever you're dressing as, make your Halloween costume authentic with a few bargain accessories!

    If you're going as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre murderer, you need  a bloody chainsaw if you want to be taken seriously!

    Only £1.49 EACH!

    We have a huge range of innovative accessories to choose from! From witches' brooms to zombie glasses, wacky wigs to bloody weapons– all for bargain prices!

    Make your Halloween costume 'DEAD' good this year at Poundstretcher!

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