In case you couldn’t tell from my Autumn blog posts or Instagram… Fall is my favorite season, so you can probably take a stab at which holiday resonates with me most… Halloween, and here’s why. My childhood neighborhood was the spot for trick or treating throughout the East Bay Area. No exaggeration, the streets were flooded with families, friends, and trick or treaters, so much so that the police had to shut down traffic miles out from the festivities. If you wanted to trick or treat on our block, you had to walk it there. Now, what made this small community so special?
Each house had a special theme and because of this, it made Halloween a very unique experience those participating. My father had a great professional relationship with Ghirardelli, so we served their chocolate squares to trick or treaters year after year. Not only that, but when we ran out of thousands of candy bars (yes, you read that correctly… thousands) we would order pizza for the kids and invite families into our home for dessert after the festivities had finished.
We weren’t the only family on the block going full out with candy and ghoulish home decor, though. Our neighbor featured his son’s garage band for live music as spectators wandered the streets, my best friend and her family served king-sized candy bars galore, the Greek family that lived next door supplied all the alcohol for parents looking to get a little boo-zy, and the retired Universal Studios set designer who lived in at the end of the block created a haunted culdesac for all the houses at the end of street. Most popular of all was the M&M house… Again, no joke, the homeowners served a 1 lb bag of M&Ms per child. You even got your choice of plain or peanut M&Ms to avoid any food allergy issues.
I may be 28 years young, but Halloween is still a sacred holiday to my inner child. Unfortunately, I know that’s no longer the case for many, but that doesn’t mean the festivities need to come to an end. Reignite your youth with some of my favorite tricks, treats, & cheap thrills that will teach you “How to Adult Like a Kid on Halloween.”
Invite your friends over and bust out some board games or a ouija board if you dare to take the risk. Who needs Cards Against Humanity when you could be communicating with the dead? Nightmare before Christmas Yahtzee, Jenga, Tarot cards, and some good old ghost stories are a great way to get your guests in the holiday spirit. Combine your holiday tricks with treats and some boo-zy games to ensure a night to remember… who knows, this evening may be even better than trick or treating!
When you were a kid, you had limited in candy choices… You were at the mercy of each homeowner’s door you knocked on. As adults, we say, no more! No more gum, dental floss, or old people candies! Now, your treats can go above and beyond candy to include delicious homemade desserts such as Paleo Pumpkin Bread, Ghoulish Muddy Buddies, or Graveyard Dirt Cups. The possibilities are endless! To be a great host, you should probably still invest in some classic candies though… Just in case anyone’s inner child is calling to them. *Insert wink emoji*
Cheap Chills & Thrills
You thought trick or treating was fun? Try turning your favorite holiday movie(s) into a drinking game. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Hocus Pocus, The Vampire Diaries, or create a horror movie trivia game to play while watching your favorite scary movie(s). Each wrong answer results in a consequence… a sip of your drink! Study up and stay sober if you absolutely must adult the following day. If you need some inspiration, Pinterest is a lifesaver when it comes to homemade events, so start searching and get creative!
You may be grown, but you can still get down like a kid on Halloween.
In fact, being an adult can have its upside at times, but don’t take life too seriously. Reignite your youth and get in the spirit this holiday season with “How to Adult Like a Kid on Halloween.” What are some of your favorite Halloween holiday traditions? Share below, so readers can start planning their ghoulish festivities for the coming week!