Countdown to Christmas? Pssshhh, yeah, right—you’d rather count the days ’til Halloween! If the spooky season is your favorite time of the year, you need to make the most of October. Ready to get a jump start on your list of things to do for Halloween? Read on for 7 ideas you HAVE to add to your October checklist!
1. Host an all-things-pumpkin party.
When it’s time to brainstorm things to do in October, most of them involve pumpkins — and rightfully so! Invite a friend or two to accompany you to a nearby pumpkin patch or local farm stand, then take your creations home and carve them into jack-o-lantern masterpieces.
2. Enjoy a scary movie marathon.
Invite all your neighborhood witches — or, you know, girlfriends — over to watch your favorite Halloween flicks together. If you have a hard time choosing between thrillers or lighter Halloween movies, check out this list of Halloween classics that’s sure to have something for everyone. Don’t forget to whip up some smokey witches’ brew for your gals to enjoy!
3. Come up with the best couples’ costumes ever.
Coming up with a killer Halloween costume for yourself is cool, but going all out on a couples’ costume idea is double trouble! Dress up with your S.O. and head out to find spooky things to do around town. Check out a haunted house, go for a hayride, or channel your creative side with a Halloween-themed date night painting event!
4. Tell ghost stories around a bonfire.
If telling ghost stories isn’t on your list of things to do for Halloween, can you even call yourself a true Halloween enthusiast?! Gather ‘round a backyard fire pit and tell your best terrifying tales. Bring marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, because let’s be honest: everything’s better with s’mores.
5. Bust out your amazing apple recipes.
Pumpkins are the most obvious ingredient for fall vibes, but don’t forget about apples! Find spooky things to do with apples, like coating them in gooey black caramel or “mummifying” them in the form of delicious hand pies. Or, keep it simple and walk around to admire your neighborhood’s Halloween décor with a mug full of homemade apple cider.
6. Have a costume photoshoot with friends.
You spent time, money, and effort putting together an epic Halloween costume this year. Whether you’re headed to a gathering or choosing to stay home for Halloween, make sure your costume gets the attention it deserves! Grab your family or a few friends and have a photoshoot in your costumes. Bring props to use, or just let everyone’s personality go wild to capture some spooky — and goofy — memories.
7. Get creative at a Halloween-themed paint party.
Want to branch out from the “typical” things to do in October? What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a themed spooky painting event at Painting with a Twist? Bring your favorite wine — or spooky spirits — and celebrate October at a studio near you!