It’s that time of year – FALL, more specifically –
I love Halloween. I have a sneaking suspicion that my love for this holiday coincides with my love of candy (this can be confirmed by the ample amounts of chocolate in every crevice of my home). But aside from the candy aspect, I love baking anything Halloween related – cute cupcakes, spooky cookies and devilish brownies – all of it: sign me up.
So, Gina, is there anything you love about Halloween that isn’t food related?
Valid question! I mean, yeah, not much, it’s mostly a food related love.
For the past several years, I have spent Halloween in Washington D.C. with my best friend. Her and I accidentally dress up as cats each year, despite our best efforts to put together an incredibly unique costume. This year, I am spending Halloween at home, which makes me sad because, not only am I missing out on time with my best friend, but I am also missing out on a fun filled Halloween yearly getaway to one of my fave places.
Because of this, I have challenged myself to figure out ways to enjoy this Halloween.
I don’t have children, no young family nearby and am not in an environment surrounded by kids – that being said: the whole Trick-or-Treating thing can be done, but it will likely make me look extremely creepy.
So, what do you do when you do not have kids in your life but still want to embrace the Halloween spirit? It can be tough, but I am here to help with my list:
4 Ways an Adult with No Kids Can Enjoy Halloween!
Number 1: Get in the Spirit!
Just because you are an adult with no kids does not mean that you cannot deck the spooky halls with boughs of cobwebs. If you have a home with a front yard, make it scary! Or at least throw a pumpkin on your front porch. Let the people (like, your neighbors?) know that Halloween is nearing and you are here for it. Decorate something at work, put some Halloween themed items inside of your home, throw a Halloween bowl on your desk at work – fill it up with candy and eat it all yourself.
What? There aren’t kids around to eat it…
Number 2: Engage in some Halloween-esque Activities!
If you search specific Halloween activities in your area on the internet, odds are, you will find plenty of cool stuff to do. Don’t feel like searching? Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Farms, Apple Picking, Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Painting – essentially anything involving pumpkins. Do the stuff that would seem really odd to do at any other time of year, such as carving a scary design or face into a fruit and displaying it proudly for all to see!
Side Note: how many of you know that pumpkins are fruits? I definitely did not know this until about 3 minutes ago.
Number 3: Throw or attend a Halloween Party!
Number 3 on the list is way more fun without kids around (says a 30-something, unmarried, kidless, dog-mom, wine enthusiast). If you have the means and/or space, throw a Halloween Party! There are so many fun games, contests and treats to be had at a Halloween themed event! You and your friends, loved ones and/or people you invite simply so you are not sitting by yourself at your own Halloween Party, will all dress up and enjoy spooky festivities. Don’t feel like throwing a party or don’t have the space to? Start being likeable around mid-September and there’s a pretty decent chance you will be invited to a party hosted by someone else!
Number 4: Relax!
Relax: you’re an adult on Halloween who doesn’t have to take anyone Trick-or-Treating. Enjoy this! Grab a friend, significant other, pet and/or a cozy pair of PJ’s and settle in. Throw on a scary movie, turn down the lights, get comfy, make sure there is ample wine and candy surrounding you and CHILL! What a fun excuse to do nothing but enjoy the evening, scare yourself with something other than your student loan statement and indulge in some fun sized candy bars and (not so fun sized) glasses of wine.
BONUS: Halloween Reminder…
Halloween is whatever you want it to be. Some people don’t celebrate or are just not into it and that is okay. But if you have a former, present or hidden love of Halloween – have fun with it! There’s only so many occasions where you can consume your weight in chocolate while dressed up as a pirate, so happy hallowSCREAM! (hehe)