October is a hauntingly beautiful month, and there are so many activities and events available to make amazing memories with your loved ones. As you and your family don your costumes and get into the Halloween spirit, keep these five activities in mind so you can get the most out of October before it ends.
Number Five: Pumpkin-Picking.
Halloween simply isn’t complete without the annual pumpkin carvings. To enjoy pumpkin carving, you have to get yourself a nice big pumpkin, right? Make a whole day out of this errand, and have fun with it! Take the family out to your local pumpkin patch and let everyone choose their favorites. Load your victims into the car, and head home for more quality family time to carve the most creative pumpkins your neighbors have ever seen. Make sure to whip up some hot cocoa and snacks to make this the perfect fall day.
Number Four: Scary Stories Around the Fire.
If you’ve been so busy with everyday life that you haven’t taken notice of the approaching holiday, there’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to scare yourself silly with some ghost stories. Light up that rusty old fire pit to set the ambiance, and invite your friends and neighbors. Find a token, say maybe a small pumpkin or plastic skeleton, and pass it among your guests. Whoever holds the token has to narrate the next scary story! This is a great way to get everyone in the spooky mood, and the token ensures that everyone gets to bring their own creative stories to the fire. What could make this night even better? Try out one of the Halloween-themed wines listed in our article about six Halloween-themed wines for bloodthirsty adults. They are sure to provide some interesting stories!
Number Three: Halloween Movie Marathon.
Everyone loves movie nights, and a marathon of scary or Halloween-oriented films is the perfect cure if you’re feeling not quite in that Halloween spirit. Pick up some caramel corn and some thrilling movies, and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect October evening. Maybe even throw some monstrous milkshakes into the equation. Also, this is a great way to tame the excitement of children who have been in their costumes since 1 p.m. waiting to go trick-or-treating. Keep them from bouncing off the walls with some classic holiday movies. Need some recommendations for your Halloween premiere? Check out this list.
Number Two: Bake Some Scary-Good Snacks.
One of my favorite parts about Halloween is the spooky snacks designed to both disgust and delight. There’s so much room for creativity during this time of year. Halloween is the one occasion to make your kitchen creations look as disgusting and gut-wrenching as possible, and taste fantastic at the same time. Don’t forget to get the kids involved- they will adore this fun activity! If you need some imaginative help with your ghoulish snacks, check out our Halloween treat ideas.
Number One: Cider and Light-Seeing.
This is my personal all-time favorite way to get into the Halloween spirit. As Halloween approaches, more and more decorations rise up. Take your family on a nice walk throughout the neighborhood just after the sun goes down to see all the creative decorations and scary houses that have popped up for the occasion. The best time to go see them is a day or two before All Hallows’ Eve; I try to head out on the Saturday before Halloween. Personally, I refuse to take this walk without a nice hot cup of apple cider or wassail in my hands. Kids will especially love this adventure, as they can set up the plan of attack for Halloween night. They will be able to map out the scariest of houses and know where to head on their special night.