Now that the Christmas thing is over, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween again. After all, it’s only nine months away. So, here’s a little list of things to do all year to keep you excited about the upcoming holiday. It’s never too early to start working on next time. Who really wants to wait until the last five minutes anyway?
Work On A New Costume
There are so many ideas to choose from, that it’s best to start now. Just take a trip to the local craft store and find a pattern. Pick out a group theme for the family, if you’re so inclined. How are you going to choose? Spin a wheel. Throw a dart. Swing a cat. Whatever you choose, make it fun.
DIY Some Decorations
This is, pretty much, a catch all. There are so many things you could design and make for next Halloween that I would run out of web pages trying to list them all. May I suggest the glow in the dark eyes in the bushes? I would think having those around all year would keep uninvited guests to an all-time low. You could, also, make some papier-mache pumpkins, or anything, for that matter.
Keep The Halloween Playlist Handy
This is, probably, a “no-brainer”, (braaaaaiiiins), but music is a easy way to bring yourself back to those great moments you enjoyed. If you were listening to any of your favorite tunes during the Halloween season, then doing so again will rekindle those memories and feelings. Just shuffle the old playlist once in a while and you’re there, or listen to it everyday: who cares if your family wants to disown you?
Concoct A Recipe For This Year’s Treats
If you’re the type that’s into making your own things from scratch, then this is for you. I’ve often wondered how people know what ingredients to use or how much to add before they, magically, come up with some new dish. It doesn’t have to be all that difficult, either. Maybe it’s something as simple as making rice crispies into a new shape.
Now, I realize that some of you may live in areas that get really cold at this time of year. But if you’re a true Halloween-ophile, that won’t stop you. Stuff like that takes a while to grow. So, maybe, put a planter in your house and replant them when they get too big. You were probably thinking it was time to add a greenhouse to your place anyway. What? Do I have to think of everything?
Show Your Colors
You would probably do this even if I hadn’t said anything. Clothes are clothes and no one is going to bat an eye if you’re out in public wearing an orange, black, or purple sweatshirt while shopping for groceries, but the real reason for wearing the colors will be your little secret. Of course, you could always “up the ante” by wearing something distinctly Halloween related, like a shirt that says, “Just waiting for Halloween”.
Try A New Halloween Recipe Every Week
There are more than enough recipes on the internet to keep you busy for years. There are meal recipes, snacks, desserts, and special drinks all over Pinterest. If I were you, I would start with one of the cocktails. That way, you can try out a recipe while your looking for new recipes to try. Who says you only get to try food recipes…?
Host Some Costume Parties Or Murder Dinners
This is always super fun, and, by calling it something else, no one else needs to know that you’re secretly pining for Halloween. The best part here is that you’re spreading the Halloween fever around and infecting your friends. Everyone loves parties and dressing up, and EVERYONE loves solving a mystery.
Compose Your Own Music Or Sounds
As far as I’m concerned, there is a distinct lack of Halloween tunes, and it’s quite disturbing. So, if you’re musically inclined, please, consider it your duty to add to the tiny list of acceptable holiday scores. There really isn’t a shortage of sound effects, as they’re pretty easy to make, but its better than nothing. Plus, working on any of it will boost your spirits.
Make or Try New Halloween Games
My thought here was board games, but if you find it easier to do more physical-based games, then have at it. I find it more… convincing to play games like The Magic Labyrinth, Boooo-opoly, or Munchkin Quest, as they contain more of the role-playing type of stuff that is usually found hanging around at Halloween time.
Plan/Design A Haunted House Or Maze
I know. Technically, this could be considered part of the DIY decorations section, but you’re really only planning the maze or haunted house. The designing of it is what will keep your mind in Halloween mode. If you feel the need to move ahead and start building it, then you have my permission to think of it as part of the other section.
As I’ve said in previous posts, smell is the most powerful of the senses at recalling memories. This little recipe will bring all of the notions of Halloween to mind like they’re happening all around you. The best part of all is that you can create this potion any time the mood strikes you and be transported.
Replace Your Labels With Apothecary Labels
This may sound like a major pain, but it’s also lots of fun, as long as you can remember what you’ve changed the labels to. Granted, it will seem like you’ve forgotten to put some of your holiday decorations away, but every time you go for a bottle or jar of something, you’ll be brought back to the most wonderful time of the year.
What a list! Who said you can have too much of a good thing? It was, probably, the Dentists’ Association. Now, we’re one step, (or thirteen), closer to making Halloween happen every day. I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to let me know, in the comments, if there are any I should have added. Keep haunting!