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10 Fun Halloween Activities for Grown Ups
Why Celebrate Halloween?
Halloween is for kids, right? They get to dress up and stuff their faces with chocolate, and that's about it. Why would any adult bother with it?
Well, for starters, any holiday is a chance to have fun. By 'fun' I don't just mean getting under-the-table drunk. It's an opportunity to have a good time with friends, eat some tasty food, have a few beers and traumatise the neighbourhood children. Forget I said that last part.
Traditions are fun - everybody loves the silly things we do every year, and reliving your childhood is always a nostalgic experience. So embrace Halloween as an adult with some of these twists on the tradition.
Make A Pumpkin Keg
1: Make A Pumpkin Keg
This is one thing that you couldn't do as a child - but you can do it now! Drinking beer out of a pumpkin is something you can do as a centrepiece at a party, or simply for an evening in with a couple of good friends and a scary movie.
This is a great Halloween activity to add a little grown up glamour to the evening. It's also incredibly easy. Take one pumpkin and a case of beer, and you're halfway there. All you need to do is:
- Cut off the top of the pumpkin
- Hollow it out
- Thin the wall where you want to place the spicket (spigot)
- Make a hole for the spicket
- Push in the spicket
- Secure inside and out with washers
- Fill with beer!
2: Costume Competion
This is a fun activity to do with friends, and it doesn't have to be childish. If you are a creative bunch, get together a few times to make your own costumes from scratch, and it can be a Halloween activity which lasts all month.
To make it more interesting, there should be a rule of no pre-bought costumes. Themes (sexy, spooky, TV character etc.) are completely optional - I like to just sit back and see what people come up with by themselves.
This is a great activity to incorporate into a Halloween party because it brings back the fun of childhood. Planning a costume and keeping it a secret, seeing what your friends have come up with and laughing at the one guy who always goes way overboard is a great way to enjoy yourself on Halloween.
The bonus? You'll be the most popular house on the street if you open the door to kids in fancy dress.
3: Scary Movie Fest
It might be a cliché, but isn't that part of the fun. This is the ideal Halloween activity to do indoors - if the weather is bad or you have to work the next day. It's also a good way to spend Halloween on your own - although it's guaranteed to be far more fun with friends.
Pick a few choice movies (I hate scary movies so my movie of choice is The Nightmare Before Christmas), get some snacks together (extra points for themed snacks) and you're good to go. I like to pick at least a few really trashy movies to make fun of.
4: Halloween Bake-Off
Too old for parties? Too mature for silly games and crappy movies? No worries, there are still some great Halloween activities which don't involve drinking or messing around.
If you love baking, then a Halloween bake-off is the ideal activity. Go head to head with a few friends to decide whose treat is the most delicious/ creative/ scary. There are literally thousands of great Halloween recipes to pick from online.
My friends and I have a weekly themed cooking party - you bet pumpkin is going to be one of them! You can pick a key ingredient like this, or plan a Halloween dinner party - someone for sides, snacks, main and dessert. There are many variations on this theme - but it's a fun way to celebrate Halloween.
Ideas for a Haunted House
- Clowns: Everyone is scared of clowns. Enlist a friend to jump out from a cupboard/ behind the sofa to give people the chills, or simply use a creepy clown theme in a room.
- Creepy Soundtrack: Don't forget the spine-tingling music, preferably playing throughout the house.
- Fog: If possible, get a fog machine for an extra mysterious feeling.
- Lighting: Candles are obviously a fire hazard, but you can cover lamps with red cloth for a dim, spooky effect or use smaller lights dotted around the room - even fairy lights can be great.
- Props: You can make your own props or pick them up cheaply at a thrift store or on eBay. Dot them around the house for an overall creepy atmosphere.
These are just a few pointers to get you started. Do some research and you'll have the most haunted house in the country!
5: Haunted House
There are many different twists on this childhood favourite, and it is 100% guaranteed that any adult can enjoy this Halloween activity just as much as children.
Of course, the most common way to do this is visit a haunted house with friends - there is sure to be one in your area. It might be childish, but it's a blast from the past.
An adult twist on this theme is to make your own haunted house. You can invite other friends to make their way through your haunted house to the party, or you can open your house to neighbourhood children (you might have to assure some parents you're not a weirdo first or just do it for children you know).
This is great fun because you can plan your own haunted house and really go overboard with decorations and creative ideas. It's the perfect Halloween activity for anyone creative and crafty.
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6: Make Your Own Halloween Candy Bar
Do you love candy? Oh, look at that, we have something in common! There's a lot to be said for the pre-bought Halloween treat bags - I love reece's peanut butter cups, and spent most of last Halloween happily consuming all the goodies meant for trick-or-treaters.
For a while now, though, my husband has been persuading me to make my own candy bar, and it struck me as an idea Halloween activity for grown ups. Forget the kids, I'm going to create my own masterpiece (I call it the pumpkin-mallow-toffee-apple-crunchy bar of bliss) this Halloween.
This can be a child friendly Halloween activity for parents - making Halloween chocolate bark with an assortment of toppings like mini marshmallows, reece's pieces, etc. I like to think of it as a husband-wife Halloween showdown, personally.
Make it super adult by adding booze in the mix. Haven't you always wanted to invent the first pumpkin beer truffle?
7: Pumpkin Carving
This is another classic which every adult should do. It was one of the first things me and my husband did together when we started dating.
You can make it an adult-friendly Halloween activity by stepping up your pumpkin carving ambitions. I saw a great suggestion for using a drill to carve a pumpkin - a definite must for anyone who wants to create a real work of art.
I think that pumpkin carving is a fun idea to do together with friends. The bonus is that at the end of the evening, you have a great decoration to put out in front of your house.
8: Murder Mystery
Fancy a more grown up take on Halloween? Invite your friends over for a murder mystery party. There are plenty you can download online, and it will give you a chance to dress up and throw a party - but with a sophisticated edge.
This website is the ideal place to get everything you need for a fantastic murder mystery night whether you plan in advance or decide last minute to make it happen. It's a great way to have a laugh as you can all try to stay in-character the whole night.
9: Halloween Drinking Games
I said adult, but I know that there are plenty of adults out there who still like to drink. Well, there are plenty of ways to booze it up on Halloween, and drinking games are one of the best ways to get everyone good and hammered.
Here are some great ideas for Halloween drinking games:
- Alcoholic Apple Bobbing: Each apple has a number carved in it - equal to the number of shots the player must take after getting the apple. Extra points for using a boozy bobbing bowl, but I understand if you don't fancy drinking it after having people's faces all over it.
- Movie Drinking Games: These are a classic. Watch a scary movie and drink every time someone says 'zombie' or 'murder' etc. You can find plenty of these online.
- How Many...: See how many alcoholic gummy bears you can fit in your mouth. Yep, that's the game.
- Halloween Trivia: Make a Halloween trivia quiz. Each wrong answer is a shot penalty.
Pretty much any Halloween-themed game can be turned into a drinking game if you put your mind to it. Be creative... and drink responsibly.
10: Halloween Tarot
Most kids don't care about the roots of Halloween, but as adults, many more of us can appreciate the history behind the festival. Halloween was the time when the wall between the spirit world and our world was supposed to be the thinnest. The scary costumes and masks were meant to either scare off evil spirits or make them feel at home.
Communicating with spirits of the dead won't appeal to many people - and I wouldn't suggest it. But Halloween can be a fun time to dabble a little in the mystical as long as it doesn't offend anyone's beliefs.
Some fun activities are to try your hand at tarot or reading someone's fortunes from their hand. There are many other types of fortune-telling which work well as a Halloween activity. When I was younger, we used to peel the skin from an apple and toss it over our shoulders. The letter it landed in would be the first name of the person we were going to marry. It's a fun activity - and when I did it, mine landed in the shape of a J (my husband's first initial). Spooky!
For a more Christian approach to the mystical aspect of Halloween, sitting around a campfire and telling spooky stories is a fun and harmless activity too.