If you aren't in the Halloween spirit yet then what are you waiting for? And another thing, please don't misconstrue our meaning of "Halloween spirit" as something evil. Some people can take the fun out of the season by labeling people who allow their children to go trick-or-treating as devil worshippers when most normal people don't even care to think of it that way. We're talking about the one holiday where you can dress up in silly costumes, eat sweets without feeling guilty, and go pay for someone to scare you.
October is my favorite month of the year because there is so much going on that it is simply fun. Don't you think that all adults should try to have more fun? It definitely relieves stress. Below you will find seven ways to have the best Halloween week ever. Even if you don't try all of them, do something to help yourself smile this week.
#1 CARVE A PUMPKIN
Who cares if you didn't take an art class in school? What other time of year would you carve a pumpkin? Exactly! Invite your favorite little person (aka kid/niece/nephew/etc.) to help you and get started. Pick a wide area, grab some newspapers, a scooper, trash bags, and other materials you may need. Just make sure you have a few hours to spare to carve, clean up the mess, and get cleaned up afterwards. You'll be surprised in how totally time consumingly awesome it can be.
This may be a little far fetched for some people but if you have small children, decorating is a must. Even if you can't, try to at least pick up a pumpkin and sit it out on the porch. Stores everywhere will be getting rid of everything the closer it gets to Halloween, so hurry and get to the stores and see if you can find a great deal. Not sure where to start? Use this link to get some Halloween spirit ideas.
#3 FIND A COSTUME
One of the best parts about Halloween is having a reason to dress up. Find the nearest Spirit store and pick out a cool costume. If you don't feel like making a purchase then go through your closest and get creative. You'd be surprised what a little bit of make-up, paint, poster board and markers can do. Really. Just remember that this is the one time of year that no one can truly judge you, so wear whatever the heck you want to.
Enjoying Halloween treats is a great way to kick off the holiday season. I can remember going trick-or-treating as a child and knowing that I could finally splurge on all the candy my parents would allow me to eat. Then, I would get to eat all the baked goods from the school carnival and class parties. "Oh how fun!" You can't beat childhood. I'm just glad that my metabolism still works. With all the parties going around, trust that you will be able to show off your baking skills to anyone willing to indulge. This website has a few recipes including the chocolate orange cake above. "Yummy!" Go for it.
#5 GO TO A HALLOWEEN PARTY
You absolutely can't go through the month of October without attending a party somewhere. Whether it's your church group, a family member, or a friend of a friend's get together; put on your new creative costume and strut your stuff into somebody's costume party. Just make sure you bring a bottle or something edible to contribute. However if you can't find a party to crash, then throw one yourself. Load up your iPod with some of the latest hits and get on Facebook and blast the news to all of your friends. If you don't do anything on this list, this is by far a must. If not, then you dear reader may be considered anti-social and probably a bore to be around. Not good.
#6 WATCH A SCARY MOVIE
I absolutely looooovvvveeee scary movies. I will watch them anytime of year. Halloween totally gives you one more excuse to invite friends over for a fright movie night or to simply get a little closer to the one you love. Maybe they scare you or they don't but if you're looking for a movie to really get under your skin I have a recommendation. Watch The Orphan. I am the biggest fan of horror movies but this one in particular scared the crap out of me. It wasn't so much the movie itself but more so the twisted secret revealed at the end. It seriously freaked me out and to this day I still refuse to watch it by myself. You can watch the trailer here.
#7 GO TO A HAUNTED HOUSE
|Visiting Netherworld in Atlanta on a Haunted House Crawl|
My absolute favorite Halloween tradition is to walk through a haunted house. Growing up in the state of Georgia Halloween meant all of the above and getting to experience some of the scariest haunted houses around. With endless backwoods, old plantations and the love of chainsaw scares, I can't get enough. Amongst my friends and associates they all know I'm the haunted house connoisseur. So when they're looking for a good place to get scared they call me. It is not uncommon for me to visit a haunted house every weekend in the month of October. Call me crazy but its the only month to see great acting and production design at its best.
It is such a huge industry in our state that the houses are getting even longer and extra competitive to see which house can scare the best. If you've never visited a haunted house before I highly advise you to gather a group of friends (who love to laugh) and make them come with you. Trust me that you don't want to go at it alone like the reporter Ellen featured. Paying to be scared is more about the experience of getting to laugh at yourself and your friends, especially after you realize how ridiculous you probably looked running through the attraction. If you are in the Atlanta area I suggest the following haunted houses. Click the images for more information.
|Now known as 13 Acres of Hell|
|Where you'll run for your life|
|The only adults only horror attraction in Atlanta. There is even a bar to help numb the pain.|