DON'T waste your Hallowe'en sitting indoors and waiting for the trick or treaters to arrive, instead make the most of your garden all year round by throwing a spooky outdoor party.
Jayne Price at Calor provides some tips on how to throw a bewitching barbecue this Halloween. 1. Prepare to scare. Get into the spirit of Hallowe'en by transforming your outdoor space into a mystical maze of ghouls, ghosts and goblins, themed with classic decorations such as black bats, cats, spiders and broomsticks. 2. Forward planning is the key to a bewitching barbecue so plan your guest list well in advance. Make sure when you invite your family and friends that you don't forget to tell them to dress warmly. 3. Next, decide what's on the menu and what sort of barbecue you'll need. For the hubble and the bubble without the trouble, gas barbecues are easy to use, light at the touch of a button and reach the ideal cooking temperature in around ten minutes. 4. If using a gas barbecue, the next thing to do is to get your hands on a gas cylinder. Calor offers a home gas delivery service through its UK network of Calor Gas Direct outlets. Order by calling freephone 0800 662 663. 5. A barbecue is a great opportunity to get creative with drinks. So, as well as the usual wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks, perhaps you could make your own warming 'witches brew'. 6. For a party with panache, prepare an extravaganza of entertainment for the evening. You could have a firework dis-play, as well as sparklers and roasted marshmallows on sticks, or create a disco area where family and friends can turn up the heat on the dance floor to beat the chill. 7. As well as warming clothing, there are plenty of products available to help you keep warm. Many people, for instance, still think patio heaters are limited to summer use, when they can work just as well to warm up winter nights.
There is now an array of stylish and more energy-efficient patio heaters available, ideal for trend-setting homeowners who want to enjoy the outdoors all year round, even on chilly evenings. 8. Hallowe'en barbecues are very much a growing trend and for any further inspiration there are now lots of books you can buy and websites you can visit for recipes and ideas for entertainment,.