When we think of the most unique holiday traditions we have, Halloween is one of the strangest. Think about it! One day a year we dress up in costumes, walk around all day like that, go to our neighbors houses asking for candy. We go into haunted houses and look forward to being scared.
Sometimes I want to see what would happen if we did this on any other day of the year and see how people would react.
This year if you need some ideas of how to spend the time, here you go.
1. Have a Campfire
Of course this will be our first recommendation, never miss an opportunity for campfires. You don’t have to be camping. Thankfully this autumn season has had a few warmer days throughout October. Make some s’mores, then when your neighbors and strangers come to your house they can just come join you around the fire. Then you can offer them marshmallows covered with various kinds of candy that everyone brings in from their trick or treat adventures. Roast some marshmallows and make traditional s’mores and whatever other creative food inventions you can dream up. For those of you in cities, you probably can’t have a fire in your front yard and definitely not in your apartment so just go to one of those fancy rooftop restaurants that has a fire pit. Those are amazing!
2.Play Capture the Flag
Since everyone is out acting crazy anyways, playing a ridiculous game would be fun for kids and adults. Whether you’re in cities, neighborhoods or farm fields this would be a great way to run off that energy from all the sugar.
3. Enter a Costume Contest
At some places they do costume contests where you can win money or prizes. One time I was walking with some friends (as Avatar, Ironman, Cleopatra, Lady Gaga) though a mall and one of the managers of a bar asked us to come in and enter the contest. Sure enough our good friend “Ironman” won a prize of $200. He had made his costume out of toys and moped parts, so who knows you could earn money back.
4. Go to Waikiki (or other boardwalks in cities)
I know that place might seem random. I am just using this city as an example since its one that I’ve seen in action. You’ll probably see the most beautiful chaos in the streets of the cities. Don’t go out too late, but in small doses it can be a very interesting experience to see everyones costumes.
5. Haunted Hay Rides and Carnivals
Community events can be a fun way to spend the evening. There are corn mazes, carnivals with face painting and games for the kids, and haunted hayrides where you might be able to see zombies come out of the woods and perform their version of “thriller,” if you’re lucky. Look up your local state park as they might be holding some events both at night and during the day.
6. Drink coffee (or tea)
For adults this caffeine essential. What other way are you going to keep up with all those sugar crazed kids, even if you don’t have kids just drink caffeine because you can. If you want to just spend some time at home with a small group of friends, learn to make a pumpkin spice latte and a chai tea latte from pinterest. Spend the time catching up with friends and playing games at home.
7. Don’t watch a scary movie
Go outside. Play a game. There are so many things you could be doing instead. It will be a much more memorable and you’ll be able to sleep at night.
8. Carve pumpkins
You can carve pumpkins in traditional style or you can find alternative ways, like in Idaho this is sometimes what we do, (see the image below).
Whatever you decide to do we hope you have a great and safe Halloween holiday this year.
Here is the color line up of Rolla Roasters. We are still running a sale which allows you to mix and match colors. This is a great way to do some early Christmas shopping and find some great affordable gifts that are able to be customized for your friends and family.