How To Have A Sober Halloween
Stay Sober This October
Halloween is a celebration of all things spooky, pumpkin, and ghostly. When we're children the plan for Halloween is easy. A Halloween night for children is knocking on all the doors in the neighborhood and saying “Trick or Treat!”. But, as an adult Halloween becomes harder because trick or treating is only for the children. Most adults go to a Halloween party that is brimming with alcohol usually in the form of a punch concoction called Witch’s Brew or Frankenpunch. Whether newly sober or sober for years these parties are hard to navigate since a majority involve alcohol. Below, we have a small little guide with activities for enjoying a sober Halloween.
Scary Movie Marathon
Grab some horror classics and get a group of friends together for a scary movie marathon. Spend the night munching on popcorn with the lights off while films like The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, and Halloween strike fear into your core. If you want to get out of the house you can see a scary movie in theaters instead. Every October there are new scary movies released. Some scary movies released this October are Happy Death Day, The Snowman, and Jigsaw (another movie from the SAW series). If horror films aren’t up your alley then watch Halloween themed movies like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, or Casper the Friendly Ghost. Horror or not these movie marathons are a great way to have a fun and sober Halloween.
Every local community has at least one haunted house in the neighborhood. Sometimes a couple of neighbors go all out by turning their home into a spooky spectacular event. But, even if none of your neighbors get haunted this year, most cities have a haunted house event. For example, the city of Miami has a yearly Haunted House carnival. If there isn’t a place with haunted houses in your area it would be a fun idea to take a mini vacation and travel to a place full of them. A haunted house Halloween adventure is a great way to make staying sober easier.
A sober Halloween means the party is all about the food. Grab some friends together for a Halloween Potluck filled with spooky treats. Each person brings a Halloween themed food like mummy dogs (pigs in a blanket), spider web dip (top the dip with cheese as spider-web), witch fingers (carrots or celery with a dab of cheese or ranch), and other spooky named foods. A Halloween potluck can still have Witch’s Brew or Frakenpunch just made without alcohol. This potluck is a great way to spend Halloween sober with friends.
Hand Out Candy
There is nothing better than seeing the joy candy brings to the faces children. Stay inside and wait for the doorbell to ring or sit outside and people watch. Either way, you get to see all the clever costumes created by children for Halloween. Be part of the Halloween fun by dressing up and acting in character as the trick-or-treaters come to collect their candy. Halloween is the perfect holiday to people watch because everyone is dressed up in costumes which are a great conversation starter too. Don’t be afraid to have a short conversation with children and their parents (especially when it’s complimenting their costumes). This way Halloween night will speed by while you hand out candy.
Whether it’s a 5k or a marathon a run on Halloween is great for sobriety. Running is known to relieve anxiety and depression which many people living the sober lifestyle may experience during this holiday. Some Halloween themed runs occur earlier in the month of October rather than the actual date of Halloween. There’s always a zombie run going on which is lots of fun as you get to run from zombies or dress up like them. Other runs may not be for costumes but they’re great for your body and soul. Check your local area for different runs throughout the month of October.
Carve a pumpkin. Paint a pumpkin. Do all sorts of pumpkin crafts. Halloween is a time when pumpkins are everywhere. So, it’s easy to find a plethora of pumpkins to use for crafts. Pumpkin crafts are a great sober Halloween activity to do with a group. Grab markers, paint, a carving knife, or whatever you need for your pumpkin craft. If you carve your pumpkins don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds. The seeds are great to use as a Halloween snack which is essentially a pumpkin food craft. Roast the pumpkin seeds into a salty, sweet, or even spicy flavor and viola a Halloween snack is complete.
Above is a picture of Meridian clients getting into the Halloween spirit with painted pumpkins. We always make sure our clients have a fun and healthy sober lifestyle. Our clients have just as much fun as anyone else does on Halloween. Meridian is here for you or your loved one. All you have to do is contact us now.