Potted mums, vibrant colours, pumpkin spice lattes – it can only mean one thing: Halloween is coming! With the summer coming to an end, there’s no better way to show off your new apartment in Ottawa than by throwing a Halloween bash. If you’ve got Halloween prep on your mind, here are some handy tips to help inspire your imagination.

Décor

As much as we love to resort back to our 8-year old selves when it comes to the spooky magic of Halloween, that doesn’t mean your décor has to reflect that as well. If 90s décor vibe is your style, then by all means go for it. But if you’re looking to do something more age-appropriate, start thinking classy. That means forget about paper plates, cups, or hand-made paper rings that hang from your doorway.

If you’re looking to find that perfect balance between spooky and classy, focus on the ambience. Candles are one of the best ways for conveying that spooky, yet refined kind of atmosphere. But try to stick with fake candles to ensure safety. Alternatively, some other popular choices are utilizing white pumpkins, black lights, and even some dry ice to add that extra chill to the scene.

Healthy Snacks

When you’ve reached a certain age, indulging in bowls full of candy and junk food isn’t as appealing – or forgiving – as it used to be, so try to include some healthier snacks. Some great options that are perfect for a Halloween theme are devilled eggs, banana ghost pops, garlic chicken wings (to keep away those vampires), or stuffed pumpkins with roasted harvest veggies.

Costumes

When it comes to costumes, it doesn’t matter what age you are, everyone loves a night of masquerade! But instead of spending all that money on those expensive store-bought costumes, why not get creative? One of the best ways to do this is by upcycling your costumes from previous years. That way you’ve got a variety of stuff to work with, rearrange, and turn into something awesome.

But if you don’t have much to work with, try these simple ideas:

• Umbrella Bat

– All you need are black pants, a black hoodie, and wings fashioned from an old umbrella.

• Black and White Skeleton

– If you’ve got an old black T-shirt, along with black and white pants, you can cut out a stencil of skeleton bones on your black shirt and pants. Wear it over white clothing – et voila!

• Roll Paper Judge

– Get out your frilliest white shirt, save a handful of paper rolls, attach them along a narrow piece of paper for creating your wig and you’re ready to delve out some justice.

Embrace Halloween this year in your new apartment in Ottawa. Getting old doesn’t mean you can’t still make the most of this spooky occasion. And if you’re looking for ways to step slightly outside of the vintage 90s vibe, use these suggestions to help stir up some inspiration.