1. Pumpkin Carving
The icon of Halloween is a jack-o-lantern and few things are better than going to a pumpkin patch, picking out a pumpkin, going home with your friends or family or significant other, and carving the heck out of that thing. Then you get to bake the pumpkin seeds and light the lanterns and show off your creation for the whole neighborhood to see.
2. Apple Cider
Halloween is an odd time to go about drinking hot chocolate (debatable) since it's not really right for the tone of Halloween. But apple cider works. One of my favorite things is curling up with a good book on my porch as I drink a glass of hot apple cider and just take in the majesty of fall.
3. Hay Rides
If you take hay rides away from Halloween, they're kind of a weird event to go on. It's just sitting on bales of hay on a trailer going on a ride through a corn field or trees. But add Halloween and the hired actors who jump out and scare you, and hay rides are actually kind of perfect. And inspiring if you let your mind wander far enough...
4. Haunted Houses
Not everyone enjoys a good haunted house, but for those of us that do, this is one the best aspects of this holiday. Whether it's going to Halloween Horror Nights or your local haunted house, this is the best time of the year to get scared out of your mind by strangers who are getting paid to traumatize you.
5. Ghost Stories
As an avid reader, I love scary stories. And Halloween is the perfect time to get a copy of that newest scary book or one of the classics and read a story that will have you sleeping with the lights on.
6. The Fall Weather
As basic as this might sound, nothing beats fall weather. It's not cold and it's not hot. The options for clothes are perfect and the ambience of it all is absolutely perfect. It kind of transports you back in time to your favorite historical novel or into the dark crevices of your favorite horror story.
You are never too old to go trick or treating. Don't listen to what anybody says. It is amazing and so fun to dress up as always and run around your neighborhood or a friends and stuff pillow cases with whatever amount of candy you could manage. And then binge on it for the next week as candy becomes your only diet of importance.
8. The Costumes
Halloween is a day of dressing up in your favorite costume ever and showing it off. For some people that means going down to the local Halloween store and finding the most revealing out fit they can find. For others, this could mean creating your own costume based off your favorite protagonists from your favorite books (E.x. What I'm doing this year). And for the community of book nerds obsessing over the newest Sarah J. Maas, or whatever new book you're currently hooked on, this is the perfect time to bring those characters to life.
9. The Weather
Like I said more than once already, the weather around Halloween is almost guaranteed to be perfect. The cool air, sweaters, and your favorite things all wrapped up into one is perfection.
10. And, of course, The Fall Reads
And you can't forget your favorite books. There's nothing quite like a good fall read, or the new releases around this time.
So grab a book, get some cider and pumpkin seeds, and relax a bit before you go all out this Halloween. And make sure to get some good candy to last you a while!