Halloween is a time of magic, mystery, myths and mayhem so it’s little wonder that so many people love it so much!
Whatever your age, it’s hard not to feel a thrill at the thought of dressing up for a night of spooky fun.
And even if ghosts and ghouls aren’t necessarily your thing, it’s still easy to take part in some aspect of it – no matter how small.
Here are 8 simple things everyone should do at least once on Halloween night:
- Go trick-or-treating
Ok, well, hopefully you’ve knocked this off your list from when you were a child. But hey, if you haven’t, get cracking with that makeup, come up with a killer costume (pun intended) and get out there!
- Dress up
Even if you’re not going trick-or-treating, it’s always fun to dress up at Halloween. And the beauty of it is that it doesn’t even have to be scary! Random costumes range from an avocado to a ‘cereal’ killer to Nadine Coyle’s lost passport!!
Seriously, the sky’s the limit with this one…
- Go to a party
You might not do it every year but going to a Halloween party is definitely something everyone should experience at least once.
You’ll never be more at ease in your social circle than when you’re all dressed up in wigs, scary makeup and fantastical costumes. Make sure to take plenty of pics!
- Play Halloween games
Remember bobbing for apples as a child? Or searching for the ring in the Barm Brack?
They’re still a lot of fun today so whether you’ve got kids in the house or not, why not set it up for the craic? Another good one is the ‘Make a Mummy’ contest where each team is given one roll of toilet paper and only has 10 minutes to make the most realistic one they can!
- Carve a Jack-O-Lantern
It might seem like quite an American tradition but carving pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns has become very popular in Ireland.
And we can see why!
It’s simple, it looks amazing when it’s finished and it’s a fun activity you can do with your family or your pals. What’s not to love?
- Go to a bonfire
There’s nothing quite like standing around a bonfire on Halloween night to really get you into the spirit of the occasion.
The heat, the light, the sparks, the atmosphere – it’s the perfect place to remember the generations that went before us and the beliefs they held about fairies and the after life.
- Have a scary movie marathon
If you’ve decided that you’re not going out this Halloween and you don’t particularly want to dress up, there’s still a way to take part in the festivities.
Get into your PJs, make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand and invite over a group of your favourite people to watch some classic (or modern) Halloween movies. There are so many great ones to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
- Tell ghost stories
Nothing sets a spooky atmosphere better than a good ghost story. If you’re at a Halloween party, ask the host to dim the lights and get everyone to settle in for a hair-raising tale of horror.
Practice it a few times in the mirror to make sure you’ve got the delivery nailed!