Fright night is all about the heady scent of caramelised toffee apples in crisp autumn air, glowing jack-o’-lanterns, and the sudden appearance of little witches and vampires in your neighbourhood. And, of course, the opportunity to eat, drink and be scary – so try our spellbinding Halloween food ideas and cocktails, plus dastardly decorations and haunting headbands, for an unforgettable All Hallows’ Eve celebration...

GET THE PARTY STARTED WITH HALLOWEEN COCKTAILS

DON’T FORGET THE PUMPKIN LANTERNS...

Of course, it isn’t Halloween without that final party ingredient: a carved pumpkin lit up from within. But why pumpkins? The original jack-o’-lanterns in Ireland were probably made of plainer turnips or swedes, but Irish immigrants to the US came to use the more easily available pumpkins instead – and the vivid orange squash quickly turned into the most recognisable symbol of Halloween. Not sure where to start with your jack-o’-lantern display? We think our four-step guide is the answer...