How to Enjoy Halloween Even If It Scares You

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Halloween is Fun!

Halloween is a fun holiday anyone can enjoy. Yes, even the "scaredy cats" of the world don't have to fear Halloween. Many Halloween activities are especially created for timid folks or children that don't wish to have nightmares all night. No one should let fear prevent them from having a good time this Halloween.

Aside from Halloween itself, the entire month of October is an excellent time to enjoy cooler weather, watch the leaves change, and take part in fall activities. Even people like myself that can't stand cold weather can usually make the most out of the entire month of October. Let's discuss some of the many fun Halloween activities even timid people can enjoy this autumn.

Halloween Decorations

Not all Halloween decorations feature screaming motion-activated ghosts. Even the boldest fans of Halloween don't have a high tolerance for props that scream and yell all the time. No one wants to live that way in their home for weeks before Halloween... at least, not most people.

For people that would like a simple, peaceful Halloween, there are plenty of decoration options available. A simple pumpkin or Jack O' Lantern is a nice addition to any table in a household. If you are not interested in carving a real pumpkin (and yes, you can carve the face to be pleasant rather than evil!), you can always purchase a plastic pumpkin. They are relatively inexpensive and often have funny or cute faces.

You can also add some ghost or bat decorations. Not all ghost decorations are horrifying. You can actually find some "friendly" ghosts to hang all over your home or yard. There are many bats that look pretty cartoonish as well. Even if they look realistic, just remember that bats kill mosquitoes, so therefore, they are our friends.

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Pumpkin Picking

One of the most fun Halloween activities a family can enjoy is pumpkin picking. Many farms allow you to roam all over their farm to pick the perfect pumpkin from their pumpkin patch (try saying that five times in a row). This activity can be fun for anyone at any age. You can also create a fun game to see who can find the biggest pumpkin, the weirdest pumpkin, the smallest pumpkin, etc.

Even if you don't have a farm near you, you can still enjoy picking out a nice pumpkin at a store or a roadside stand. If you really do not want to decorate the pumpkin or carve it, that is fine. It is fun just finding a nice pumpkin and sitting it on your doorstep for neighbors to admire. Also, you might decide to use that pumpkin for something useful - like turning it into pumpkin pie!

Autumn Farm Activities

Many farmers find autumn to be the most profitable time of year now due to the popularity of Halloween. Some farmers go out of their way to create corn mazes, make scary Halloween displays, have haunted hayrides, and, as previously mentioned, sell pumpkins.

Since Halloween is so important to the livelihood of many farmers, some go all out and create macabre scenes for horror fans to enjoy. If you scare easily, I simply would recommend not going to a farm like that. Instead, research and find farms in your area with family friendly Halloween activities. You can often find hayrides that are not "haunted" and you can find corn mazes that do not have zombies waiting for you around the corner.

Halloween Parties

Not all Halloween parties are frightening, especially if you are giving one at your own house. You can give your Halloween party a certain theme that would encourage guests to keep their behavior pretty tame in your home. For instance, your party can have a "back to the 80s" theme or a fairy princess theme. You can decorate your home according to the theme rather than in a traditional scary Halloween style.

You can also opt to attend other Halloween parties with similar "mild" themes. Also, you will often find a community center or church in your area has Halloween or autumn festivities. Those parties tend to be family-oriented, and therefore, not very scary at all.

Amusement Parks

Farms are not the only places you can visit for Halloween fun. Amusement parks are also getting in on the Halloween action. In many areas, the weather is still warm enough to keep amusement parks open through most of the fall. Sure, depending on the region you may not be getting on any water rides, but you can enjoy a number of Halloween themed activities.

Many amusement parks offer Halloween or autumn events on weekends in October. At some amusement parks, you can even ride some of the attractions completely in the dark. You can also see some pretty realistic looking zombies, monsters, ghouls, and ghosts. If you scare easily, you probably do not want to go to an amusement park that features anything too intense. It helps to check out park websites, ask for recommendations from your friends, and look at online reviews to determine what type of adventure you may have if you attend one of these events.

For instance, many of the parks owned by movie production companies have fairly realistic monster roaming around the park, "rivers of blood" rides, and intensely frightening haunted attractions. Other more family friendly amusement parks feature hayrides, scare crow decorations, and trick or treat areas for the kids. That is probably the amusement park you should visit this Halloween if you think you'll get too scared. Hersheypark is one amusement park you may want to consider this Halloween if you prefer more treats than tricks.

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Halloween Candles

I am a big fan of candles, and I believe Halloween is the perfect time to bring out your best candles. Many stores sell Halloween and fall candle holders. Some can be a little creepy, but many are cute or even quite attractive.

Aside from Halloween candle holders, there are many scented candles available that "smell like fall" to most people. Some of the scents available are pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie or cupcake, maple pancakes, caramel apple, candy corn, and much more. A pumpkin scented candle in a pumpkin shaped candle holder adds a nice touch to any household. Not only does it make the area feel warmer, it makes the room smell much sweeter.

Hand Out Treats

Depending on the age of the Trick or Treaters in your neighborhood, you may find handing out treats for Halloween to be the most horrifying experience of the day. If you have a lot of kids that are simply out to scare everyone on Halloween night, handing out treats might not be your thing. However, if you have a lot of little munchkins coming to your door, then handing out treats can be fun for you.

If you do want to give treats, but don't feel like opening the door to strangers, you can put a bowl of candy out on a table by your door with a sign that says, "Take one treat only!" This is actually quite fun as long as you are monitoring the action by a window because many kids are tempted to take more than one treat. Often a debate unfolds at the candy bowl as children discuss the pros and cons of taking extra treats, which treat is best, or if they are going to get caught if they take more candy. It is actually hilarious as long as you don't put too much candy out at once. There is always that one kid that will take the whole bowl of candy no matter what.

Even Animals Enjoy Halloween Fun!

Enjoy Your Halloween!

I hope you enjoy Halloween this year even if you are not a fan of all things terrifying that go bump in the night. Autumn and Halloween offer many fun options for the whole family. Maybe you don't want to sit back and watch someone get butchered in a Halloween movie, but you would probably be OK watching Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Have fun this Halloween and don't get too scared!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

We have eight pumpkins growing on the vine as I write this, and corn stalks just waiting for me to cut....hay bales are ready....we are as ready for Halloween as we can be on September 12th. :)


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

That sounds so nice. You are going to be totally ready for Halloween. I would like to grow my own pumpkins one year, too. Thanks for checking out my hub!


sheilamyers 3 years ago

You've listed some great ideas for Halloween. I don't decorate or any of that stuff any more, but I love driving around to see how other people have decorated around their homes. When I was in high school, I loved the week before Halloween. Our marching band was one of three groups that ran the local haunted house to earn money for trips and such. It was so much fun dressing up and scaring people half to death.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Fun pictures and great ideas!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great idea for an article! There are so many ways to enjoy Halloween without focusing on the scary aspect of it. I'm sure that many people with young kids will appreciate these suggestions.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I always knew Halloween has something for everyone. :-)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, Jeannie, so many thanks for all your great Halloween suggestions. Especially the tip about not putting too much candy in the bowl that one puts outside the door for the kids.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks, drbj. I learned that tip the hard way one year for Halloween. I still enjoyed many priceless discussions and debates before the candy theft took place though. ;-)


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LKMore01 3 years ago

Thank you for reminding me how much I love this season. Autumn magic, fall colors, cooler temperatures, the holidays. Bring it on!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I like Halloween too, even if the cool weather is not my thing. I just wish I could have warm temperatures and Halloween at the same time. :-)

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