It was the night before Halloween, and all throughout your house, nothing was scary. Boo! It’s funny because scaring people is one of the things that makes Halloween so special. Hear ye, it’s the spooky season! Well, almost.
Don’t get scared, though. We’re here to help you prepare for the season with these top tips for celebrating everything about Halloween, no matter how scary your holiday gets.
So, if you’re in the mood for preparing for the most frightful time of the year, read on. We’re about to dish out six ways to get those goosebumps and standing hairs on a roll! Let’s begin!
1. Make Your Own Haunted House
One of the best spooky season activities you can have is making your own haunted house. This can be done by turning your home into a spooky environment with Halloween decorations, creaky sounds, and scary music.
You can also invite friends over to help make things more authentic. To take your fright up a notch, play some scary movies in one corner of your ghoul house. Or, for a nice twist, make it happy movies instead with your scary decor giving a clever contrast.
In any case, make sure you have popcorn and candy on hand. You can also take turns picking out the movies to watch. And, yes, don’t forget the smoke bomb for a more dramatic impact.
2. Create a Monster Mash Playlist
You may not have to look further than your own playlist when trying to have a spooky holiday. Create a monster mash playlist with all your favorite Halloween songs. Add in some spooky sound effects, and you’re sure to get everyone in the mood for an eerie night.
You won’t believe how many songs out there can make such great picks for your Halloween playlist. So, put on your costume, turn off the lights, and get ready to dance the night away!
3. Have a Pumpkin Carving Party
One fun way to celebrate the spooky season is to have a pumpkin carving party. You can invite your friends and family and have a contest to see who can carve the best pumpkin. You can also make pumpkin pies and other treats.
You and your family or friends can even go to a Halloween party with your finished pumpkins as part of your spooky season outfits. This is a perfect time to be with them and create memories!
4. Go on a Ghost Hunt
If you’re looking for a really creepy way to celebrate the season, why not go on a ghost hunt? Visit some of the most haunted places in your area and see if you can spot any ghosts.
You may even want to take some pictures or recordings to see if you can capture anything paranormal. Just be sure to stay safe, and don’t go alone!
5. Make a Witch’s Brew
Witch’s brew is a classic spooky drink that makes a perfect treat during Halloween. This easy-to-make recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, and it’s sure to be a hit with all your guests.
To make this recipe, you’ll need the following:
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup Halloween candy (optional)
Combine the boiling water, sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
Remove from the heat and stir in the heavy cream. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or container and add the candy. Seal the container and store it in the fridge for at least 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve, pour the brew into glasses and enjoy!
6. Bake Some Spooky Halloween Treats
Halloween is the perfect time to try out some spooky recipes! Get in the spirit of the season with treats like “mummy” hot dogs wrapped in pre-made croissant dough or ghosts made out of melted marshmallows on top of graham crackers.
If you’re feeling ambitious, try your hand at a gingerbread haunted house with edible ghosts, spiders, and cobwebs. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp powdered cinnamon
- 2 tsp powdered ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup (225 grams) of butter
- 3/4 – 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup mild molasses
- 2 medium eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon flavoring (chocolate, vanilla, etc.)
Just mix everything until you form a dough, then divide it into two. Put each half into two separate trays with parchment paper as lining. Flatten the dough until it’s about a fourth of an inch thick, and then chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
After that, you can transfer the formed dough into two baking trays. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the dough for about 15 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges.
When it’s done, remove the bread and build your haunted gingerbread house using wafers, gumballs, cookies, or anything that suits your fancy!
Try These Ways to Get Spooked This Spooky Season
Whether you’re looking for a fun activity with friends or family or just trying to get into the spooky spirit, the above are six of the best ways to celebrate the spooky season.
From decorating your home with Halloween-themed decorations to watching scary movies and making Halloween-themed treats, there are plenty of ways to get into the spine-chilling spirit. So, get creative and have some fun this ghastly season!
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