No Halloween Plans? Here Are 8 Spooky-Themed Things You Can Do at Home

Year after year, Halloween has proven itself to be one of the most entertaining holidays of all time. From running around my neighborhood during my trick-or-treating prime to securing the title of fourth grade apple-bobbing champion to navigating my way out of a corn maze after a few too many hot toddies, I must say: I have a longstanding soft spot for spooky season.

Over time, my idea of fun has transformed a bit, and this year, nesting and partaking in at-home Halloween activities sounds ideal. If you don’t have Halloween plans (or if your inner introvert is avoiding them at all costs), fear not—these eight spooky activities will make celebrating at home that much better.


1. Make Halloween-themed snacks and desserts

There was a period in my life when my idea of a good time included binge-purchasing four costumes on Amazon to meet the needs of a college-fueled Halloween week. Now, I’ve crossed a threshold in my life where Halloween simply serves as an excuse to nest and bury myself in spooky-themed treats that I make in the comfort of my own home. What can I say? Life comes at you fast. This year, I’m going to tackle one of these equally cute and simple Halloween-themed treats to snap a pic of and promptly eat in one sitting.



2. Carve a pumpkin

Carving pumpkins might not be one of the most groundbreaking Halloween activities in the book, but year after year, it remains the most tried and true of them all. Pick a fresh pumpkin, opt for a design that’ll stop Michael Myers in his tracks, and award yourself some bonus points for cleaning and toasting your pumpkin seeds after. Whether you do this one by your lonesome or up the ante with a little friendly competition with a partner or roommate, you’ll have bought yourself a one-way ticket to nostalgic Halloween bliss.


3. Have a spooky movie marathon

Dim the lights, grab your popcorn, and prepare to be spooked. I can’t lie, my idea of spooked might just be a little different from yours (I’m more of a Sanderson Sister fan than a Freddy Krueger stan—I’ll truly never understand why people enjoy being scared), but regardless, I can get down with a spooky movie marathon that’ll get me in the mood for the season. Whether you prefer Halloween movies that help you recreate the sentimental joy of your childhood or the ones that frighten you to your core, it’ll be the at-home activity you look forward to checking off of your Halloween bucket list.


4. Buy and rank Trader Joe’s fall products

If there’s ever been an excuse to run to your nearest Trader Joe’s and absolutely clear out all of their seasonal items, Halloween is it. Trade in mediocre trick-or-treat Tootsie Rolls for a cart full of pumpkin-flavored goodness and thank us later. We can’t choose between the butternut squash mac and cheese or the cinnamon bun spread, so we say go to town—we won’t judge. Bring them home, make a spread TJ himself would envy, rank them until every item has been properly sampled and discussed, and promptly return to pick up more of your favs.



5. Make a D.I.Y. Halloween craft

If you’re anything like me, making D.I.Y. holiday crafts is a sure way to catapult yourself back into the blissful woes of the third grade. There was nothing quite like showing up to school in the costume you’d carefully selected from Party City, consuming record amounts of sugar, and focusing your sugar-induced high just long enough to assemble a popsicle stick spider web. While popsicle stick and pipe cleaner crafts always sound like a good time, these ones are sure to bring your craft game to the next level.


6. Watch a true-crime docuseries

As I previously mentioned, I’m not a person who typically likes to lose sleep fearing for my life post-horror movie, but for a good true-crime documentary or docuseries, I’ll make an exception. While true crime doesn’t really have a season, it only seems appropriate that we indulge in it a little more during the one time of year when being spooked to your core is considered commonplace. Lock your doors, grab your comfort blanket, and buckle up. These true crime documentaries will leave you feeling unsettled, to say the least.


7. Dive into the next thriller on your TBR list

There was a time in life when I really thought that I didn’t have the attention span for reading. Then, I fell into the world of thriller books that now has me in a chokehold. There’s something about a gripping, page-turning novel with high stakes that makes me teleport to another dimension and locks me in for hours on end. This Halloween, opt for one of these spooky thrillers that’ll keep you up far past the late-night hours of Oct. 31.



8. Indulge in some Halloween-themed cocktails

A festive excuse to make a not-so-average cocktail at home? You don’t have to tell us twice. This Halloween, bunker down at home with one of these boo-sy cocktails that’ll help spice up your at-home Halloween plans. Call it a “best-season-of-all-time celebration” or a “holiday season pregame.” Regardless of what we’re cheers-ing to, we’ll drink to that.



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