So my favourite day of the year, Halloween, has been and gone and, man, was this year’s celebration a real scary treat. I was invited to attend a spooktacular make up class organised by JoeBlogs and Thistle Holborn, The Kingsbury Hotel, headed up by Naz from MidasTouch. The hotel staff really went to town on the decorations in one of the seven conference rooms where we were based, with a variety of delicious and spooktacular treats on offer; my personal favourite being the bloody fingers and Morgue Margaritas.

Halloween treats

Ghoulish bananas

Bloody fingers

Wine & cocktails


The event started with a tour of the hotel and its facilities, including one of the 129 spacious rooms, modern bar and trendy restaurant. The hotel is situated on Bloomsbury Way, in between the Holborn and Tottenham Court Road tube stations and a stone throw away from tourist attractions, such as Covent Garden. I was very impressed by the clean, airy rooms well equipped with complimentary toiletries and a huge bath. The bar is impressive and beautifully displayed and the restaurant area provides an inviting, chic way to dine. The hotel is a perfect blend of history and style with its Edwardian exterior and contemporary interior and I loved the purple theme throughout.

Kingsbury reception

Kingsbury bathroom

Kingsbury bar

Kingsbury stairwell

Then it was time to get down to the make up class. We were told to partner up and given a photo as a guide. I was partnered with the lovely ErinNiimi and was tasked with giving her a creepy clown make over. I really enjoyed it and surprised myself with artistic skills I didn’t know I possessed.

Make up accessories

Cat painting Erin

Erin painted

When the first round of faces were painted, we were treated to a scrumptious buffet, including spring rolls, tempura prawns and not a bloody finger in sight. Next it was my turn to don my face paint with Erin transforming me into a scary skeleton.

Cat before

Cat as skeleton

Cat & Erin

Overall, the day was hugely entertaining. I got to meet a bunch of wonderful bloggers, tour a lovely hotel, eat and drink Halloween deliciousness and experience a truly horrific make up class. We were sent home with #ThistleHalloween goody bags, including a mini Rugby World Cup ball (which my boyfriend promptly stole) and some creamy shortbread. I enjoyed scaring people on the tube ride home, including one poor fellow who jumped out of his skin yelling “Oh my God!”

Cat on tube

How did you spend your Halloween?

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