Spending Halloween indoors can be just as interesting and exciting as trick-or-treating or local parties – you just need to be creative. Here are several ways that you can get into the spirit of the annual holiday without having to venture beyond the confines of your own home.
Carving pumpkins is arguably the quintessential stay-at-home Halloween activity as it is simple, affordable and accessible for the whole family. All you have to do is grab a few pumpkins from a local grocery and then be creative with your own freehand designs using a knife or spoon. You can also download printed stencils if you want to come up with something more intricate and complex.
To finish, carve off the top of the pumpkin and add a small candle or tealight for your very own jack-o’-lantern, which can be placed on a window sill or somewhere outside to create a suitably spooky atmosphere.
Horror movie marathon
There have been thousands of horror movies released since the very first moving picture way back in 1895. With so many classics and so much depth to the genre, opting for a horror movie marathon this year could keep you entertained for literally days on end.
If you are overwhelmed with choice, you could limit your movie-watching to a particular decade such as the 1970s or 1980s. The latter would enable you to dig into popular titles such as The Shining, The Thing, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and a number of other memorable slasher films.
If you want to get kids involved, there are an abundance of PG-rated Halloween movies such as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Scooby Doo, The Addams Family and Hotel Transylvania.
Play scary video games
Like movies, there is a huge catalogue of scary video games to play in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Whether you have a PC, a console or a smartphone, you will be able to download free and paid games from respective app stores that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you navigate through unsettling worlds. Spending time at home in the run-up to Halloween will give you the perfect opportunity to play live dealer baccarat in New Jersey. You can start playing real-money casino games with just a $1 bet and then sit back and enjoy up to 55 hands or spins an hour. Casino games are available around the clock. You could also mix in some horror-themed slots to get into the Halloween mood.
Festive drinks and snacks
There’s still plenty of time for tasty treats and delicious drinks even if you are not planning a traditional trick-or-treat in your local neighborhood. Festive cocktails and mocktails are a great way to start the evening, and they can be followed with spooky snacks such as pumpkin sushi rice balls, white chocolate ghosts on pretzel broomsticks, and candy corn popcorn balls. There are a variety of recipes online for your Halloween snacking requirements.
Tarot card reading
Tarot cards have been used for divination – the practice of seeking knowledge about the future via supernatural sources – since the 18th century. Tarot reading will add a touch of the macabre and mystery to any Halloween-themed evening. If you want to do this yourself, you will find step-by-step guides on how to select decks, shuffle cards, and generally develop a familiarity and intuition of the symbols involved.
Go camping in your backyard
A simple tent in your backyard can set the stage for ghost stories and other outdoor games. Get your kids to huddle around an open fire and regale some creepy tales. You could also use this as an opportunity to cook campfire s’mores and sweet treats and then end the night with outdoor camping. Random animal noises and a full moon will add to the spookiness.
Make contact with ghosts
If you really want a scary evening, you could attempt to blur the line between the physical and spiritual worlds by trying to make contact with ghosts. For adults only, the home is the ideal location for a respectful and responsible séance. You can use a pendulum or similar object or apparatus that will allow you to try to communicate with spirits. Doing this in the day or early evening may be best if you just want to have some fun.
There are other ways that you can make Halloween more fun, including dressing up in a costume, decorating your house, playing Halloween-themed music, and hosting a virtual party. All of these ideas should help you to make this year’s October 31st more fun than ever before.