Halloween, the beloved holiday of costumes, candy, and all things spooky, is just around the corner. Whether you're a fan of getting spooked by haunted houses, putting together the perfect costume, or baking pumpkin spice everything, Halloween has something for everyone. If you’re looking for some new traditions to add to your Halloween festivities, or just looking to enhance your old reliables, we’ve got you covered. To make this year's Halloween memorable, we've rounded up five spooktacular Halloween activities that will help you haunt your holiday, Living Juice style.
1. Throw a costume party.
Halloween costumes are a chance to unleash your inner creativity. Whether you prefer classic monsters, pop culture references, or original creations, dressing up is a Halloween essential. Host a costume party for your friends and family to showcase your outfits! To add an element of competitive fun, have people vote on different awards such as “most original,” “best costume on a budget” and “best couples costume.” Don't forget to add themed decorations, spooky snacks, and a playlist of eerie tunes to set the mood.
2. Have a halloween movie marathon.
For those who prefer a cozy night in, a Halloween movie marathon is the perfect way to celebrate. Curate a list of your favorite spooky films, from classics like "Hocus Pocus" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" to horror gems like "The Shining" and "Psycho." Don't forget the popcorn and blankets for a night of cinematic chills and thrills.
3. Host a haunted house.
For the ultimate Halloween experience, consider planning a haunted house or maze. Transform your backyard, garage, or basement into a spine-tingling adventure. Create a spooky storyline, complete with actors dressed as zombies, vampires, or ghosts. Don’t forget to set up some eerie lighting and sound effects to keep your guests on edge. Increase the fear level by adding a few jump scares, or keep it more mild for the younger guests. This DIY attraction is a great way to bring your whole community together to celebrate the holiday.
4. Try out some Halloween-themed crafts.
Get your creative juices flowing with Halloween-themed crafts. From DIY decorations to costume accessories, there are endless possibilities for crafting during this holiday. Try your hand at making spooky wreaths, eerie lanterns, or these adorable paper pumpkin decorations. Crafting can be a fun and relaxing way to celebrate Halloween, and you'll have unique decorations to show for it.
5. Make some healthier Halloween treats.
Get inventive in the kitchen by preparing healthy Halloween treats that are as delicious as they are nutritious. There are numerous recipes and ideas for guilt-free snacks and desserts that capture the essence of Halloween. These vegan candy corn parfaits are delicious while still being nutrient-packed, and these spooky eyeball caprese bites are a perfect appetizer for any Halloween party. Catering to kiddos? Try this monster frozen yogurt bark! You can also experiment with healthier versions of classic Halloween treats. Bake whole-grain cookies and use dark chocolate chips or raisins as a substitute for traditional candy. Create a trail mix with nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and a hint of dark chocolate for a satisfying and healthy snack. These alternatives allow you to enjoy the sweet flavors of Halloween without the excess sugar.
Halloween is a time to embrace the mysterious and playful side of the supernatural. Whether you’re a fan of scary movies, crafting, or whipping up your own themed treats, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate this holiday. With a little creativity and a lot of Halloween spirit, you can make this year's celebration one to remember. So, put on your costume, light your jack-o'-lanterns, and let the Halloween festivities begin!