No Halloween Plans? Here Are 10 Spooky-Themed Things You Can Do at Home

Year after year, Halloween proves to be one of my favorite holidays of all time. From running around my neighborhood during my prime trick-or-treating years 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 all Halloween activities.

Clearly, my idea of a good spooky time has transformed a bit over the years. This year, going out in a skimpy costume doesn’t sound nearly as good as staying in and partaking in some at-home spooky fun. If you don’t have plans this Halloween (or if your inner introvert is avoiding them at all costs), fear not. These Halloween activities will make celebrating at home that much better.

1. Carve a pumpkin

Carving pumpkins might not be one of the most groundbreaking Halloween activities in the book, but year after year, it remains a tried-and-true fall tradition. Pick a fresh pumpkin, either from the patch or your local grocery store (we won’t judge), and gather your carving supplies to create your own spooky jack-o-lantern. Bonus points if you clean and roast your pumpkin seeds after carving. You can easily do this alone or up the ante with a little friendly competition. Either way, you’ll have bought yourself a one-way ticket to nostalgic Halloween bliss.

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2. Make Halloween-themed snacks and desserts

In a different era of my life, spooky season entailed binge-purchasing multiple costumes on Amazon to meet the needs of a college-fueled Halloween week. Now, Halloween simply serves as an excuse to indulge in spooky treats I make in the comfort of my own home. What can I say? Life comes at you fast. This year, I’m planning to tackle one of these equally cute and delicious Halloween recipes, snap a pic, and promptly eat it in one sitting.

3. Have a spooky movie marathon

I’m more of a Sanderson sister fan than a Freddy Krueger stan, and I’ll truly never understand why people enjoy being scared. But regardless, I can get down with a spooky movie to get me in the mood for the season. Opt for one that helps you re-create the sentimental joy of your childhood, or throw on a flick that will frighten you to your core. Whatever movie you choose, dim the lights, grab your popcorn, and prepare to be spooked.

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 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. I couldn’t possibly choose between the Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese or the Cinnamon Bun Spread, so I say get one of everything. Bring your goodies home, make a spread TJ himself would envy, and sample them until every item has been properly discussed and ranked.

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5. Dress up for a Halloween photoshoot

Who says you need a party to dress up for Halloween? Pull together a costume (you can do a lot with what’s already in your closet) and have your own Halloween-themed photoshoot. Dim the lights, get creative with whatever spooky decor you can find, and play around with poses and props until you capture the perfect shot. Whether you’re playing dress-up with your besties or flying solo with the timer function, let this be a sign to get down with your spooky self.

6. Watch a true-crime docuseries

As previously mentioned, I’m not a person who typically likes to lose sleep while fearing for my life post-horror movie. However, 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 to 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. Mix up some Halloween-themed cocktails

A festive excuse to make a fancy cocktail at home? You don’t have to tell me twice. This year, hunker down with a fun fall-inspired cocktail that’ll spice up your at-home Halloween plans. Call it a “best-season-of-the-year celebration” or a “holiday season pregame.” Regardless of what we’re cheers-ing to, I’ll drink to that.

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8. Make a DIY Halloween craft

If you’re anything like me, making DIY holiday crafts is a surefire way to mentally catapult yourself straight back to 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 sticks and pipe cleaners always sound like a good time, let these spooky setups be your inspiration to up your craft game.

9. Dive into the next thriller on your TBR list

It’s hard to believe I once thought I didn’t have the attention span for reading. Now, the world of thriller books truly has me in a chokehold. There’s something about a gripping, page-turning novel with high stakes that 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 on October 31.

10. Deliver treats to your neighbors

Trick-or-treating for adults is sadly not a thing, but you can still spread some spooky spirit this year by sharing treats with your neighbors. Whether you live in a city apartment or a neighborhood in the suburbs, consider dropping off some treats to those who live nearby this Halloween. Share some of your home-baked goodies or fill treat bags with candy for a simple gesture that’ll make someone else’s day.

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