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HOW TO
HAVE A HIP
HALLOWEEN

Fashion stylist Deborah Brett invites us into her home for a truly wicked party

Meet the Halloween hostess

No-one does the spooky season like fashion stylist, Instagram queen and self-confessed Halloween fiend Deborah Brett (@deborahbrett). The glamorous mother of Phin, nine, Mini, seven, and Ottilie, four, invited us into her west London home to show us how to throw a gorgeously ghoulish party with terrific sweet treats, fabulous fancy dress and all the creepy trimmings. Don’t do Halloween without her tips.

Devilishly good decorations

“My Halloween ethos is more is more. I fill the house with small decorative gourds and put pumpkins on bookshelves; it’s a nod to the whole season of autumn. When decorating pumpkins, think about what’s inspiring you – cover them in leaves or glitter or paint them in a colour to coordinate with your home. My favourite thing to do is spray-paint them in gold and bronze. Once painted, they last for weeks.”

Top tip: “When spray-painting pumpkins, do it outside with loads of newspaper and make sure you shake the can enough.”

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Tricks of the treats

“Halloween is all about the sweets. I tend to have some hero pieces. I’m a great fan of iced biscuits. They look amazing piled high on a plate as a centrepiece and they work well as a gift if you are going to someone else’s party too. Always add some edible glitter – it covers up a whole host of mistakes and makes everything look wonderful.”

“I’m the queen of excess. For me a great Halloween outfit is a combination of fancy dress shop finds and mixing them with clothes that you own and maybe other bits and bobs from your home. It’s the small details that make the whole look. Take a bit from here, a bit from there and make it your own.”

Top tip: “For ghoulish cupcakes, top them with little ready-made mini meringues from M&S and dab on black icing for the eyes and mouths.”

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Terrifyingly good trimmings

“When it comes to the Halloween table, I keep it simple. Go for a pumpkin, a ghost, a bat and then you’ve got three colours – orange, black and white – that will root your theme. Adding accents of those colours, whether in a tablecloths or napkins, can make it look decorative.”

“We always love getting dressed up as a family. We tend to think about what kind of films are inspiring us and give everything a zombie slant. I start by thinking, ‘what do I have in my house that I can make into a costume?’ Here Phin has a women’s M&S blouse with frilly cuffs, a boys’ M&S suit, one of my silk scarves, an old hat and a clown’s wig that I’ve chopped in half.”

Top tip: “Look around your house and see what you’ve got in the Halloween colour palette that will fit in the theme.”

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Photographer: Emma Tunbridge / Stylist: Julie Vianey / Hair stylist: Rose Angus
Food stylist: Iona Blackshaw / Set stylist: Twig Hutchinson / Kidswear editor: Maggie Davis

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