It’s here again — the most spooktacular time of the year! Halloween time! Of all the holidays, Halloween is a favorite of many, children and adults alike.
When you’re a kid, you know exactly what to do for Halloween. You get dressed up, sometimes, even in school if it’s permitted, and then at night, you head out to trick or treat. But what to do for Halloween if you’re in your twenties? Oh, just plenty! Here are some fun and festive Halloween ideas for you, your friends or your significant other to help you make your Halloween one eerie blast to remember.
Go pumpkin picking
Going pumpkin picking can be a fun outing for the whole family — even if your family consists of your circle of friends! You likely won’t have to travel any further than your local farm to join in the pumpkin picking fun.
Make it a game! Have friendly competitions, such as seeing who can pick up the biggest pumpkin or who can find the pumpkin with the oddest or spookiest shape.
The fun only just begins at the pumpkin patch. When you get home, see who can carve the most creative Halloween Jack-O-Lantern from your pumpkin patch treasures.
And don’t forget about the joys pumpkins hold inside! Pumpkin seeds are a delicious, healthy treat packed with magnesium, potassium and protein. Just rinse the seeds, coat lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and pop them into a 325-degree oven until they turn golden brown. Enjoy!
Play in the leaves and make a fall scarecrow
Playing in the leaves either with your family or your friends can really make you feel like a kid again. If you’ve got a large wooded lot, make the chore fun by playing in the leaves as you rake. Have a leaf battle!
You can also gather some of the more interesting leads to collectively make a fun Halloween craft. All you’ll need is a steady pair of sticks nailed together at a 90-degree angle to make arms. Add some old clothes to make the scarecrow (perhaps using a scary mask as a head) and decorate it with the most brightly colored leaves you’ve found.
Craft some Halloween-themed food and drink and throw a killer party
Nothing makes for a great Halloween party with friends more than specially made foods. Try out some fun recipes, such as homemade strawberry ghosts or bloody s’mores. Your guests are sure to love the cute designs that are almost too cute to eat (but too good to pass up!) Fill up the punch bowl with your favorite eerie red beverage such as sangria, but in lieu of fruit, you can get plastic eyeballs, available at any dollar store, to add a bit of ghoulishness to your punch.
Plan a romantic dinner at a haunted restaurant
If it’s just going to be the two of you for Halloween, why not plan a romantic dinner out at a haunted restaurant? Just about every small to medium sized town in America has at least one eatery that is rumored to be haunted.
Couples visiting the historic mining town of Jerome, AZ, for example, would do well to make reservations at the Asylum restaurant, which is located inside an abandoned hospital once used by the miners.
You can also try looking for restaurants that perform murder mysteries and other fun spooky dinner theatre activities in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Your locale is sure to have other great haunts, so why not call for reservations and dine with the spirits?
Cuddle up close on a haunted hayride
Haunted hayrides, while scary, are also unfailingly romantic. There’s just something cozy about cuddling up under warm blankets on a bed of soft hay while costumed serial-killing maniacs chase you through a seemingly endless corn maze with machetes and chainsaws.
If nothing else, it will have you squeezing your sweetie’s hand tightly for the entire ride. Just about any town with a farm has a haunted hayride, even out west, so be sure to check one out on one of these crisp fall nights.
Take a couples photography road trip to capture the fall colors
Road trips can make or break a couple, but the good ones bring you closer together than ever. Why not venture out with your beau armed with cameras, or just your cell phones, on a mission to photograph the most spectacular fall colors out there? Depending on how close you are, you may even decide to have one or more of the pictures framed to decorate a wall of your home (or your future home) together.
Autumn is one of the best times of the year. Baseball, cool temps, pumpkin spice lattes and, of course, Halloween. What are you waiting for? Grab your friends or your sweetie and go and join in the fall fun!