Halloween is quickly approaching! With Halloween being the official kick-off to the holiday season, many individuals in recovery are faced with figuring out how to celebrate in sobriety.
As kids, Halloween night was all about dressing up knocking on neighborhood doors and trick-or-treating. But, as adults, Halloween is more about parties- usually brimming with alcohol. Whether you are newly sober or you have been in recovery for years, Halloween parties can be difficult to navigate. We’ve put together five tips for celebrating Halloween while staying safe and sober.
Have a Scary Movie Night
Holding your own Halloween movie marathon is one of the most festive ways to celebrate the holiday. Invite your group of friends to come over and enjoy some horror classics. You can make it even more fun by adding some spooky decor to your house and making Halloween themed snacks! If you’d prefer to get out of the house, you can always go see a scary movie in theaters. Every year around October, new horror films are released for audiences. Of course, if scary movies aren’t your thing, you can always watch Halloween themed classics like Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, or Casper the Friendly Ghost. Either way, holding a themed movie night is a great way to have fun and stay sober while celebrating Halloween.
Pass Out Candy
Take the time to prioritize your children and young family members by passing out candy or taking them trick-or-treating. You can even get in on the Halloween fun by dressing up and acting in character as you pass out candy. Either way, you’ll be able to see everyone’s creative costumes and socialize with your neighbors. Halloween is a great time to socialize and create a sense of community within your neighborhood.
Throw a Halloween Potluck
While in recovery, it may seem impossible to celebrate Halloween with a party. However, this is not the case! A sober Halloween gives you a great opportunity to make it all about the food. Invite your friends over and have each person bring a Halloween themed dishes like spooky spider deviled eggs, witch fingers, and pumpkin dip. A spooky Halloween themed potluck is a great way to spend Halloween in recovery with friends.
Get Crafty with Pumpkin Carving
It’s Halloween time and pumpkins are everywhere. Get in on the fun by creating all sorts of pumpkin crafts like carving and painting. Grab markers, paint, rhinestones, or a carving knife and decorate your pumpkins however you’d like. It’s even more fun when you get a group to decorate with you. You can even make it a competition by voting and handing out prizes to the winners. Pumpkin crafts are a great sober and fun Halloween group activity.
Volunteer for the Night
Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help others. Many churches and children’s shelters will host Halloween parties, trick-or-treating events, or dinners for less fortunate families within the community. Volunteering at these events is a great way to get involved in your area, participate in the holiday festivities, and give back. Not only will you enjoy Halloween time sober, you’ll also end the night knowing you did something good for others.
Facing Halloween in recovery can feel like an uphill battle. But just because you aren’t drinking alcohol or using substances this Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Whatever you do this Halloween, make sure to surround yourself with the people closest to you that support your recovery journey. With your support system by your side, you can have a safe and sober Halloween.