Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and every year I don’t feel like I celebrate it to its fullest potential, so this year I’ve made out a plan for all 31 days, and it’s going to be spooktacular! Celebrate it with me and join along. Feel free to adjust it to your needs. Happy early Halloween!
Put up all your Halloween decorations, while drinking hot apple cider and listening to a Halloween station on Pandora (there’s a slight chance I may have already done this…).
Buy a new Halloween decoration that gets you in the holiday spirit.
Go to a local haunted place in your area. Surely you know of one from your wild teen years, but if you don’t know of any local lore this Haunted Places Index has an impressive knowledge of places according to each state. My town has a haunted bridge and a haunted road where some weird things go on (and not just by ghosts unfortunately).
Put up fake cobwebs in all the nooks and crannies of your house. You can usually find some pretty cheap ones at the Dollar Tree.
Watch Casper! I put this one on my list only because it’s been so long since I’ve seen it, and I wanted to relive my childhood a bit, but by all means change it to something that makes you feel more nostalgic.
Change your computer wallpaper to something spOooOoky. You can find some pretty good ones through Pinterest.
Create a playlist of Halloween music to listen to all month. Make sure it includes “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
Decide what costume you want to wear, and start working on it. You can check out my Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board if you need some ideas.
Tell creepy ghost stories around the fire. The scariest story I was ever told involved a centaur in a rundown cabin in the woods eating her babies. Not joking!
Go to a movie theater or a drive-in and see the latest scary movie.
Start reading Frankenstein. One of my favorite novels!
Watch Killer Klowns From Outer Space. This might not sound like something you would want to watch, but it’s 80s gold! It’s definitely one of my favorite scary movies.
Buy some funky new Halloween socks.
Pretend you are a zombie, and follow one of your friends around. Don’t break character until they seriously start to question whether you have joined the undead.
Go to a pumpkin patch, and pick out a bunch of cute little pumpkins to decorate your front porch and dining room table, as well as a nice big one for each family member to carve.
Carve the pumpkins you picked out from yesterday, and roast the seeds. The Kitchn has a good pumpkin seed recipe.
Get lost in a corn maze, and try to find your way out. If you are daring enough, find a haunted one. The last time I did that I peed on myself a bit. The guys with the chainsaws get me every time…
Color a Halloween coloring page, and proudly post it on your fridge. You can easily google some, or find a coloring book at your local Dollar Store. I personally like this one.
Watch old episodes of “Are You Afraid of the Dark.” If that’s not really your thing then watch “Goosebumps” or “The Twilight Zone.”
Get some vampire teeth, and tell people how much you vant to suck their blood. Just make sure you know whoever you are telling this to, as you are liable to really freak some people out.
Paint your nails orange or black. If you’re a dude I guess you could get a Halloween tie or something. I don’t know what you guys do.
Buy a plastic pumpkin and fill it with a bunch of candy and a sweet note, then leave it as a surprise for someone. If you are leaving it on their doorstep you might want to mention who it’s from, so they don’t think a random stranger is trying to poison them.
Go on a hay ride to enjoy the crisp Fall air, and snuggle up next to your loved one.
Go to a Haunted House with your friends. Make sure you bring a screamer with you, since most of the fun is laughing at them… unless you are the screamer.
Watch a classic horror movie such as Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Make a fun Halloween craft/decoration. You can check out my Halloween DIY Pinterest board for some ideas.
Dress up as a ghost and wait for your loved one to get home, then pop around a corner and yell “BOO!” Warning: you may get punched in the face, also please don’t do this to anyone with a weak heart.
Send someone a Halloween card in the mail. I personally prefer it to involve animals dressed up in costumes, but if you are into PETA or something, then maybe that’s not for you.
Watch Hocus Pocus. I don’t think any respectable Halloween lover could get by without including this into their ghoulish festivities.
Throw a costume party! You know all those Halloween decorations you will put up earlier in the month, and that nice playlist you will put together? Well you will pretty much be ready for a killer party (pun intended). Just figure out the food and some festivities (pin the flesh on the zombie anyone?), and you’re done! If you’re not really the party type, then maybe there’s a nice costumed Halloween parade you could attend.
Get a big bowl of candy ready to pass out to all the young ghouls that come to your door, and have a scary movie marathon! I will include a post later on this month for some marathon ideas, so stay tuned.
Alright, that’s it! I hope this has given you some fun ideas, and helps get you in the spirit. What do you have planned for this Halloween?
Photo background courtesy of Rich Tatum.