With Halloween fast approaching, the mad dash to organise the best Halloween party for your little monsters has official begun! But fear not, if your young ones are big Marvel fans and love to hate those evil Marvel villains, why not follow our tips on how to throw the best Marvel Halloween party…
With the upcoming release of Thor: The Dark World (out October 30th), we’ve teamed up with Marvel and Disney to share some great Halloween party ideas.
To get the party started, the kids have to look the part… we suggest doing a Marvel villains theme. It makes a change from dressing as Spiderman and Superman and for one day of the year they get to play the evil character.
Our suggestions for Marvel villain costumes
Loki – Thor
There’s a choice to go as Loki from the first Thor film or the new upcoming film (out this October), the difference is all in the hair. For those wanting to be the current Loki you’ll need a long wig, whereas hair gel is all that’s needed for the slicked back look for Loki in the first instalment. The costume itself can again either be bought or made out of coats, sheets or your old shoulder padded jacket (see, you knew you kept them for a reason!).
Whiplash – Iron Man 2
This costume comes with a warning. Giving your child whips might end in tears so if anyone requests this costume then they would have to understand the consequences of swinging their ropey attachments around the room. Some orange/brown combat trousers will be needed for this costume, plus if you can get your hands on an LED light to strap to their chest it would complete the outfit.
Red Skull – Captain America
This villain is one red-faced angry guy! This costume idea is pretty easy, all you need is red paint, an angry face and black clothes. Red skull complete!
Marvel villain pumpkin carving competition
We put a spin on the traditional Halloween activity….by adding our own Marvel additions! Fun for all the family, get the party started with everyone picking their favourite super hero or villain to carve out into their pumpkin. It helps if you get a good picture of the character to copy from – there are plenty of free stencils to download if you type ‘marvel villain pumpkin stencil’ into a Google image search. The best way to keep your carving true to the design is to tape the paper stencil to the pumpkin and poke pins through it and into the pumpkin. Remove the paper, then rub your pumpkin with flour so that you can easily see the pinpricks and use them as a guide for your carving knife. We recommend rubbing the pumpkin down with a bit of diluted bleach when you’re done to keep it from going off.
WARNING: Supervision required as knives are in use!
Thor and Loki themed cupcakes
We’re not entirely convinced that Thor and Loki ate cupcakes when they were little, but we can tell you that these brightly coloured cupcakes are lots of fun to decorate and the kids will really enjoy it. Unless you want some serious over-stirring and a messy house, we’d recommend baking them in advance and letting them cool so they are ready to decorate.
The Loki / Thor cupcake decorating table gives the kids a really easy focal point – especially important while the first few children are arriving -and a great ice breaker for the kids who tend to be a bit more shy. Make sure you put out a selection of all the icing pens and edible decorations you can find so the kids can get stuck in without having to take turns.
What you’ll need:
For the cupcakes:
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 drops of red or green food colouring
¾ cup (185mL) milk
For the icing:
2 cups icing sugar
2 tsp green and red food colouring
a range of coloured icing pens
Preheat oven to 180°C. Place cupcake papers in two 12-hole cupcake trays.
In an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes until pale in colour and creamy. Add sugar one third at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about a minute between each addition. Add the vanilla essence and beat until combined.
Sift flour and baking powder and add half to butter mixture with half the milk, mix until well combined. Repeat with remaining flour and milk. Pour half the mixture into one bowl and the other into another. Add in your 3 drops of green food colouring into one bowl and 3 drops of red food colouring into the other. Mix both until mixture is sufficiently red/green.
Fill cupcake papers ¾ full. Bake small cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool completely.
For the icing, cream butter until pale and smooth. Add the icing sugar with a few tsp of water. The mixture shouldn’t drown itself in the water but should appear thick. Beat until well combined. The mixture should be a spreadable paste; if it is too dry, add some more water, if too wet add more icing sugar. Put half of the mixture into one bowl and add the green food colouring then add the red food colouring into the other mixture. Stir until completely covered. Smother icing over cupcake and leave to set for 40 mins.
Once the cupcakes are complete, you can let your little monsters decorate the cakes with icing pens where they can re-create Thor/Loki’s face or write some spooky messages to scare their friends!