Guest Post | Halloween is just around the corner, and it can be hard to know how to celebrate it. Not everyone loves the scares, and some want to have a cosy night. Whether you want thrills or DIYs, there is something for everyone to do on Halloween. Here’s the ultimate Halloween bucket list for how to spend your Halloween!
Create A Halloween Gingerbread House
Gingerbread is a tasty autumn treat, but it doesn’t have to be just for Christmas. Why not create a haunted gingerbread house with your family! You could either make the gingerbread panels yourself or purchase a gingerbread kit online. Creating gingerbread panels can be difficult, so I’d recommend using a kit if you don’t want to wait for the gingerbread to bake. When designing your Halloween house, you could use black, orange and purple icing. You could also use Halloween shaped sweets, candy corn and edible eyes. There are lots of treats in the baking aisle, or you can purchase spooky sprinkles online. See how scary you can turn your gingerbread house!
Try Some Spooky Halloween Recipes
I love baking and trying recipes. Why not create your favourite dessert as a Halloween design? You could make caramel apples or mummy brownies. If you’re not a fan of sweet treats, you could turn your meal into a Halloween feast. For example, spaghetti could be mud and worms, or you could wrap pastry around hot dogs to make mummies. If you have kids, it’s fun to create a spooky menu and turn normal food into something themed. I didn’t Trick or Treat as a child, but we always were allowed to play with our food. If you’d like to see some more Halloween recipes, I have a fun round-up of things to try!
Create Some Matching Halloween Costumes
Halloween costumes don’t have to be childish. As a fun activity, why not DIY your own Halloween costumes and match them with your family! You could become the Addams family or dress up as minions. I like to take old clothes or revamp costumes that you can purchase from supermarkets. You could even have a go at sewing your own. I find that there are only two types of Halloween costumes; the sexy kind and the ones for children. It’s not always what I want to wear to parties, so making my own is fun, and you can be as creative as you like!
Watch Your Favourite Horror Films
You can’t have Halloween without watching some horror films. There are so many classics to add to your Halloween bucket list, as well as some realistic modern ones. If you’re with young children, you could watch Casper, Coraline or even Frankenweenie. Tim Burton is the way to go for family-friendly Halloween movies. If you’re looking for some more scares, here’s a list of horror films you could watch this spooky season! What are your favourites?
- Paranormal Activity
- The Babadook
- The Haunting of Hill House
- The Autopsy of Jane Doe
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
Eat Some Tasty Halloween Candy
In the UK, I find that there aren’t as many Halloween sweets and treats as in the US. We don’t bring out fun Halloween and autumn flavours, but you can buy things online. To celebrate Halloween, you could try to make your own candy or purchase some fun treats online. There are lots of small businesses which sell unique sweets and American treats. See if you can find any good deals and treat yourself to a Halloween candy and movie night! You could always pour the sweets into pumpkin buckets and eat from them instead of bowls! I also love to put out Halloween sweets for the trick or treaters and eat whatever is leftover.
Visit A Corn Maze
Sadly, our local corn maize went out of business during the lockdown, but it’s a fun activity for those who still have one local to them! A corn maze is literally a maze made of corn. Our local one used to change the design each year, and they’d all be as different animals. During the Halloween period, you may find that there are moving scarecrows and other spooky beings in your corn maze. It’s thrilling to run around a maze while being chased with a fake chainsaw. If you don’t like getting lost, small spaces or things jumping out at you, this may not be the Halloween bucket list activity for you. Corn mazes usually have other activities and food stalls going on outside them, so it’s worth taking a look!
Drink A Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Pumpkin spiced lattes are back at your local Starbucks! It’s a classic autumn flavour, and you can’t celebrate the fall without it. While enjoying your Halloween, why not see if your local café has their version of pumpkin spice? We should all be supporting small businesses, and sometimes they make the best autumn flavours! I find that they have the best cakes too, full of flavour and moisture. If you can’t find a small business to support, you could try making the latte at home and creating your own warming flavour! I like adding pumpkin flavoured skinny syrups to my coffee to give it that Starbucks feel and autumn taste.
Do Some Spooky DIY Home Décor
Can you have Halloween without decorating your house? I think that all UK shops think Christmas comes first, but you’ll find the occasional skeleton, cobweb and ghost in between the Santas and snowmen. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, why not try a spooky DIY? Pinterest and blogs are filled with unique and creative DIYs to decorate your home. You could make cotton wool ghosts or spiderwebs with string, glue and a balloon. If you don’t like ghouls, you could make cute home decors such as pumpkin porches and autumn wreaths. Pinterest is full of amazing ideas, and I’d highly recommend you browse before you make it.
Visit A Pumpkin Picking Patch
Pumpkin patches are great for Instagram photos and picking your perfect pumpkin. I love strawberry patches in the summer and pumpkins in Autumn. If your family isn’t a fan of the scares, why not take them to a pumpkin patch instead of going trick or treating. They could choose their pumpkin to carve later on in the evening. You can also have a photo shoot and capture some cute and memorable moments. I know a few patches have hay bales and photo ops for those who’d like to update their Instagram feed with harvest photos! We have a competition on who can pick the biggest/smallest pumpkin, and it’s always good fun!
Make Some Scary Potion Cocktails
If you like to have a good cocktail, why not create your own for Halloween! You could play with different flavours and add gummy sweets to make the cocktails scary. If you’re hosting a party, you could drink from beakers or potion bottles to make it more fun. We like to use gummy worms and bears in our drink to add flavour. There are creative cocktail ideas on Pinterest, so see what you can find to suit your tastes. You could always host a competition to make the scariest potion cocktail!
Have A Pumpkin Carving Contest
A more family-friendly idea for this Halloween is pumpkin carving. If you’ve got a competitive streak, why not have a contest to make the best design. You could have categories such as best character, funniest design etc., and you’d vote on the best pumpkins. I think pumpkin carving can be really fun when you have a good design. I’d recommend looking at Pinterest to see what things look good, and you may find a tutorial on how to create your dream pumpkin. Once you’ve decorated your pumpkin, make sure you put it on display for your Trick or Treater’s to see. You could line the pumpkins up and put a sweetie bucket in front of them with a sign. People can pick candy from the bucket they think has the best design, so you can see which pumpkin is the winner!
Go On A Ghost Tour
In older villages, you might find ghost tours that take you around real places with spooky stories. We have a local tour which takes you through a cathedral and its grounds. While I have never seen a ghost, it’s interesting to hear the stories. We even had a lady dress up as a ghost to scare us at the end! If ghost tours aren’t for you, you could see if there are horror houses near you. Horror houses are usually part of a carnival and have more scares than a ghost tour. I’ve never been to a horror house, but I’m excited to add it to my Halloween bucket list!
The Ultimate Halloween Bucket List Summary
Halloween can be a fun and memorable time of year. Just because you don’t Trick or Treat doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holiday. See if your local town is doing any fun events over Halloween. You may find fireworks, bonfires and even market stalls that you can visit. Do you celebrate Halloween? I’d love to hear what you do to celebrate Halloween or make the day a little more special.
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