Our Halloween traditions aren’t necessarily as set-in-stone as our Christmas ones are, but there are a few things I have to do every year, or it just doesn’t feel like the spookiest time of the year.
Watch Halloween movies
I have a list (and you can see them in this post) of movies that I love watching every year, and every year it grows. If I haven’t watched them, it just doesn’t feel right. This year I think it’s a tie between Hocus Pocus and Nightmare Before Christmas for the movie I’ve watched the most, thanks to Freeform’s 31 Days of Halloween – I recorded them and watch them when I’m crafting.
Notice I didn’t say carve pumpkins – sometimes I just don’t feel like dealing with the guts. But if there is not a real pumpkin decorated some way on my front porch, it might as well be summer. And I hate summer. This year I opted to paint them instead of carve them, but I’m still really happy with how they turned out.
Whether I’m going out trick-or-treating with my family, or just celebrating my birthday, there are always costumes involved. Sometimes it’s a repeat from years past, and sometimes it’s something totally new, but there will never be a year that I don’t dress up for something.
I start putting up my Halloween decorations in my apartment mid-September, and October is when the outdoor ones make their appearance. For a while, depending on the weather, you’re likely to only see a wreath on the front door and Mr. Jimmy, our skull-faced demon that hangs out on the back patio greeting people. Inside depends on what all I’ve accumulated in after-Halloween sales the year before and the stuff I already have, but it’s always fun and exciting.
Like my movies and decorating, I start listening to my Halloween Spotify playlist in September. I have a mix of fun party songs (Thriller and Monster Mash), classics (O Fortuna and Ride of the Valkyrie), and scary movie themes (Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and so many more. You can follow my playlist here.
Whether it’s caramel apples, pumpkin cupcakes, or sugar cookies with cute Halloween characters on them, there’s got to be some festive desserts around my apartment. I got a spooky cookie jar from Yankee Candle on clearance over the summer and I put my Pillsbury pumpkin sugar cookies in them. It’s super cute, but I feel like I’m going to forget them. HA!
All the Seasonal Apparel
I’ve got a handful of fall and Halloween clothes that I bring out every year because they’re so cute and they make me so happy. A few of them can be worn in September and November, but I have an October one and a Halloween one, along with my other garments that I have to wear as many times as I can before the season is up. And since I got my Silhouette, I plan on making even more.
That’s it, my spooky babes. I obviously do other things, but those are the things I have to do every year or it just doesn’t feel right. What are your Halloween traditions? Do we have any similar? I’d love to know, so leave a comment.