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Ways to celebrate this Halloween with loved ones


While Halloween is usually thought of as a holiday for kids, there are plenty of activities for the post-teens to enjoy. Whether you’re celebrating this Halloween with friends, a significant other, or your family, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Here are just a few to consider.

  • Carve some pumpkins! Part of the fun of this process is picking out the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern. If you live near a pumpkin patch, head there. If not, head to your local grocery store or favorite farmers market venue. Once you’ve got your pumpkin, decide what you want to carve into it. For carving templates, click here. Next, clean out all the seeds and gunk; be sure to save the seeds for toasting later! Then, get to work creating your masterpiece. Note:This should be a fun activity; if it stresses you out, you’re taking the wrong approach.
  • Join the maze craze! If you live in an area that offers a corn maze, check it out. You can go with one person or you can go as a group. If going as a group, split up and make it a race to see which of you can get to the end first. If you’re going as a couple, make it a point to get lost once-in-awhile and enjoy being out beneath the stars.
  • Get your scare on! Visit a haunted house/haunted forest/haunted barn/haunted field, whatever haunt is in your area. Local newspapers and weekly periodicals usually advertise the “scariest haunted houses,” so do your research. Go to one or go to all.
  • Celebrate! Attend a costume party. One of the greatest things about a costume party is deciding on your costume. Try doing something creative this year—something you normally wouldn’t do. And enjoy yourself! You could also throw your own party if you have the resources to do so.
  • Get a clue! Host a murder mystery party. This can be as simple or complex as you’d like to make it. It’s a slight deviation from the basic costume party, but is an excellent opportunity to try something new. To generate some ideas and for basic how-to instructions, click here. Remember, this should be fun!
  • Keep it low key. If you feel like staying in this year, don’t feel bad about it. You can hand out candy to all the trick-or-treaters, then settle in for a movie night. Some ideas: It; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Amityville Horror; The Ring; and Wrong Turn. If you feel like a classics marathon, try: The Exorcist, Invasion of the Body Snatchers; Night of the Living Dead; Poltergeist; Psycho; and The Shining. If you don’t feel like watching movies, you can always tell ghost stories. You get a similar spooky feeling without the hassle of rental fees!


This is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully it gets you thinking about all the different ways you can take part in and enjoy the festivities this Halloween. If you have a Halloween idea you would like to share, please post it in the “comments” section below. Happy Haunting!