All Hallow’s Eve is nearly upon us and most of us are embracing our inner ghoul at this terrifying time of year in preparation for the spooky season. As the first trick-or-treaters start buzzing your doorbell, you will either be getting ready to attend, or to host, a fancy dress Halloween party.

If you are the host, how do you plan the perfect and scariest Halloween party of all time? Like the witches brew, you just need the right ingredients.

First and foremost, your home needs to be transformed into a terror cavern. Pay attention to detail and make sure the walls come in on you. Using black bin bags to line the walls is an inexpensive and very effective tip. Ensure everything is draped with fake cobwebs and spiders, bats and other creepy beasts line the walls and ceilings using wall stickers. Glow in the dark ones can be particularly effective. For the final touches, add a dry ice machine. These are very inexpensive, but will make the floor disappear in a thick white fog – adding to the scary atmosphere.

Once your surroundings are sorted, move on to the food and drink for the party. Forget all about e-numbers this season – you want everything to be neon green, cobalt blue and blood red. Reach for the food coloring and bright colored spirits to create some blood curdling drinks and tantalizing treats.

A party isn’t a party without music, and for your perfect Halloween party, you can use music to set the scene perfectly. It’s all about the music you choose and top tracks like Thriller, by Michael Jackson; Monster Mash, by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers; and Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jnr are sure to get those zombies moving.

Finally, as host, you are responsible for knocking them dead with your costume. Go with something original and never seen before. Combine characters to make them even more horrific and bring back scary celebs from their graves.

With all of the above ingredients, you are sure to pull off the perfect Halloween party and have your guests screaming in terror and running for their lives. No, wait…