Can someone please explain to me how we’re already half way through October?! This year has just flown by. However, as we approach the last few months of the year we have so much to look forward to. Fireworks night, Christmas, New Year’s Eve; but first of all, Halloween! Trick or treating and Halloween parties may be off the table this year; but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a wicked time. In this post I’ll be sharing some Halloween bucket list activities that I think anyone could enjoy.
Pumpkin Picking/Pumpkin Carving
Let’s kick this list off with a classic Halloween bucket list activity. The idea of carving first originated during Celtic times, and became quite the Irish staple. You’ll probably be surprised to find out that it wasn’t always pumpkins that were used. There is an old Irish folk tale which tells the story of ‘Stingy Jack’. Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him, and managed to trick him into paying the tab.
As punishment when he died, Jack was not able to pass over into the afterlife. Instead, he’d walk the streets at night for all eternity, with only an ember of coal to guide him. According to the story, Jack would place his singular ember into a hollowed-out turnip. From then on, he was known as ‘Jack of the Lantern’ or ‘Jack-o’-Lantern’. Carving out vegetables became something people did to keep Jack away, whilst also lighting the way for good spirits.
Horror Movie Marathon
Who doesn’t love a good movie night? The next Halloween bucket list activity I have for you is to watch all your favourite spooky films. Don’t forget the abundance of snacks to go along with it. The top Halloween Movies I’d recommend for you this year would have to be:
- Hocus Pocus
- Monster House
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Sixth Sense
- Silence of the Lambs
- The Others
- Nightmare on Elm Street
Create Your Own DIY Halloween Costumes
Growing up we never really celebrated Halloween. However, when I got to university it was a completely different story! Another great activity for your Halloween bucket list has got to be creating your own DIY costumes.
These can be as easy or difficult as you like. I would say some of the simplest and most fun outfits to put together would probably be; Wednesday Adaams; a vampire; any Harry Potter character; or Where’s Wally. Whereas if you wanted to challenge yourself a bit more, you could go for; Harley Quinn; Minions; or a specific Disney character or Superhero.
Toast Marshmallows On A Bonfire
As far as autumn/winter activities go, it doesn’t get much greater than this. I remember when I was small my Grandparents lived in this amazing house in the countryside. The biggest selling point had to be the massive garden, and all the character it had. One in particular being the bonfire area. As children we’d put on our wellies and spend time outside, keeping warm and chatting around the fire.
Bonfires make such a beautiful and cosy set-up, despite being outdoors after dark in the colder months. You can enjoy each other’s company without distraction, whilst accompanied by the ambient sounds of the crackling fire.
My last experience around a bonfire was such a gorgeous setting. It was on our family holiday to Saint Lucia in 2019, and the hotel was having a beach party. There was a live band, Caribbean-style BBQ, and a bonfire on the sand.
Enjoy a Seasonal Beverage From Your Favourite Cafe
What better way to spice up your regular coffee or hot chocolate then by adding autumnal flavourings? When September/October rolls around, everyone’s favourite coffee shop chains release their seasonal menus. This year, Costa have brought out a honeycomb range of hot drinks; Pret a Manger’s and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice range have made comebacks; and Caffe Nero have introduced a chai latte (blending cinnamon, black tea, sugar, and spices), and a new hot chocolate Milano.
Nature Walks and Conker-Collecting
This isn’t the first time I’ve shared my love of autumnal nature colours, however we only get a few precious months to enjoy them before winter comes and they disappear. Taking the time to get out for walks during this time of year will not only be pleasing to the eye, but will also do wonders for your wellbeing.
Something else we used to love doing was collecting conkers. It can make for a nice game to play with children (e.g. first time collect 10), and also if you bring them home with you then it should help keep spiders out!
Decorate Your Home For The Season
Creating an autumnal and Halloween-y home environment is such a fun task! Using candles to fill your home with scents like cinnamon, apple, or pumpkin spice; and introducing autumn-coloured soft furnishings like throw blankets and cushions can really make your house cosy and festive.
If you have children, you can do some craft activities with them to get them involved in the decorative process. Some examples could include handprint bats, pumpkin paper strips, and making spiders from pipe cleaners. Another great way to get your home smelling of Halloween would be to do some baking. You could make gingerbread men, or eyeball cake pops.
To read Hannah Kay’s guest post on preparing your home for the autumn/winter months, click here: https://www.emgoingplaces.com/2020/09/how-to-make-an-autumnal-home-for-the-colder-months/
I hope this post has given you some inspiration for your Halloween bucket list 2020. Feel free to share you own ideas in the comment section below!