Halloween is the best holiday. Don’t believe all the Christmas Hype or the St. Patricks day propaganda, Halloween is where it’s at. It can, however, be a stressful time for introverts if you don’t have the right strategy. Parties, trick or treating, and pumpkin patches can all cause an unhealthy dose of social anxiety. That doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate in style. That’s why I’ve put together these 13 ideas for how to enjoy Halloween as an Introvert.
13 Ways to Enjoy Halloween as an Introvert
1. Stay Home and Hand Out Candy
Handing out candy is one of my favorite Halloween traditions. There’s no need to socialize for long periods of time, and let’s face it, kids in costumes are adorable. You also get to binge eat candy and relax for the evening.
2. Have a Horror Movie Marathon
I’ll admit, I love horror movies year-round, but Halloween is the most fun time to watch them. Something about the already spooky atmosphere makes watching scary movies so much more fun. You can watch alone, or host a small gathering with a few close friends, either way, horror movie marathons are a great Halloween Tradition.
3. Have a Harry Potter Marathon
While we’re on the subject of movie marathons, what better time to watch movies about the Wizarding World? I’m happy to watch Harry Potter any time of year, but if you’re looking for a fun Halloween movie marathon, and you’re not into Horror flicks, then Harry Potter is always a top choice. If you’re into having a few friends over, you can even have a themed party, there are a ton of great recipes for Potter-themed cocktails and foods. Dressing up in your house colors is a ton of fun as well.
4. Make popcorn balls
Snacks and candy are essential for your Halloween festivities, and popcorn balls are something I fondly remember eating as a child. This is a great option if you have kiddos because popcorn balls are easy to make and they will love helping you. If you really want to get into it, you can dress up in aprons and chefs has as well!
5. Make Candy Apples
Another Halloween staple is candy apples. When I was very young, when it was still acceptable to give out homemade treats, I remember being so excited to get Candy and Carmel apples when I was out trick or treating. The practice of handing them out has obviously gone by the wayside, but making them for your friends and family is still a fun tradition!
6. Host a Seance
If you’re a bit of a paranormal/metaphysical junkie like myself this is a great option. It’s great for introverts because you only need a small group of people, and you’re not tied down to an all-night affair. You can have a full-blown seance with a crystal ball, or a more light-hearted affair with an Ouija board. Either way, you’re sure to have a fun night with friends.
7. Host a Small Themed Party
Invite over a few friends for a costume party, a witches brew, or a murder mystery dinner. A small themed gathering is a perfect alternative to a large party for those who have social anxiety or just want a more relaxed evening.
8. Read a Steven King Novel
If you’re wanting to avoid the public altogether, you can always turn out your porch light and hop into bed with a good spooky novel. Now, of course, there is a multitude of authors that fit the bill, but I find none quite match the quality of Steven King. This is a wonderful way to celebrate Halloween as an Introvert.
9. Carve Pumpkins at Home
Another good option for those with families is carving pumpkins. Kids love to help pull out the seeds and get a little messy, at least mine does. There are a ton of fun patterns available for those who want to get a little artistic. Pumpkins are reasonably priced and this activity can lead to hours of fun for the whole family. If you’re not excited about the carving, you can always paint your pumpkins as well!
10. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
The second best part of carving the pumpkins is roasting the seeds! When you’re finished you can admire your pumpkin art and snack on some tasty pumpkin seeds. Not only do they taste good, but they’re a healthy alternative to all that Halloween candy.
11. Tell Ghost Stories
This is a great opportunity to spend some time with your family or have a small get together with friends. And a great way to enjoy Halloween as an introvert. If you’re able, I suggest doing it around a campfire. And, while they’re not required, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this would be a great time to make s’mores as well!
12. Decorate your house
Halloween shopping is my weakness. I love all things that are a little spooky, and there is nothing more fun than decorating for Halloween. I like to decorate indoors, with spooky table runners, skulls on the mantle, and fake spider webs. Outside I like to leave out carved pumpkins, a Halloween wreath, and a graveyard in the front yard. Inflatables are a great option as well, but they can sometimes be pricey.
13. Visit a Cemetery
They say this time of year the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest. This makes it the perfect time to visit your loved ones at the cemetery. I always find the cemetery to be a peaceful place to reflect and share my life with my loved ones past. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy Halloween as an introvert.