Halloween enthusiasts of all ages are getting ready to prepare for the spooky season upon us. This entertaining holiday is filled with the fun of costume parties and the allure of haunted houses. As much as we love doing the “Monster Mash” indoors or ducking our heads under cobwebs in a dark mansion, there’s something magical about taking your Halloween celebration outdoors. Grab your flashlight, put on your favorite costume and matching jewelry and get ready for a hauntingly good time as we look at seven fun ways to celebrate Halloween outdoors!
- Host a Pumpkin Carving Contest — To host this fun and creative way to celebrate the Halloween season, gather supplies like newspapers and templates to help carve your pumpkin. You can get specific carving tools to carve out your pumpkin. Choose a date that’s close to Halloween, and pick a venue like a local community center or your own backyard to host the contest. Invite the participants, decide on the judging criteria (like the most creative or most complex pumpkin) and offer prizes for each category.
- Take a Cemetery Tour — For a spooky and educational adventure this Halloween, consider taking a cemetery tour filled with stunning architectural detail. A guided excursion through a historic graveyard is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween outdoors this year. You can find a local cemetery near you that offers guided Halloween tours, often led by historians or enthusiasts looking to celebrate the spooky season. You can embrace the spirit of Halloween by dressing in dark attire or a costume. Make sure you check the schedule of the tour and make a reservation if needed.
- Walk a Haunted Trail — Go on a spine-tingling adventure by embarking on a haunted trail walk for Halloween. Check out guide tours and local haunted trail events in your area. You’ll embrace the eerie atmosphere of twisted pathways and dark forests. Be prepared to expect the unexpected as creatures of the night jump out at you. Don’t worry! They’re just actors in spooky costumes — or so we hope! Fear is part of the fun, as a haunted trail experience promises thrills and chills for an unforgettable Halloween night.
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- Play Glow-in-the-Dark Games — For games that people of all ages will love, try anything glow-in-the-dark involving glow sticks, glow-in-the-dark paint and other luminescent materials. Some popular options include glow stick ring toss and glow-in-the-dark frisbee. When playing outside, make sure you mark boundaries to create a safe play area. Turn off lights and wait until the sun sets to get that maximum glow effect. If you’re looking for prizes that go along with your glow-in-the-dark games, consider handing out glow-in-the-dark silicone rings!
- Create a Witches’ Brew Bar — Set the stage for a bewitching Halloween gathering by creating a DIY witches’ brew bar. Decorate your outdoor brew bar with eerie elements like flickering candles and cauldrons. Themed concoctions can include colored punch and mocktails served in spooky vessels. Provide an array of ingredients so guests can craft their own brews, including fun treats like fruit juices, gummy worms and dry ice to get that spooky, smoky effect. As guests craft their own witch elixir, they’ll love the creative fun of this spellbinding and delicious experience.
- Tell Ghost Stories Around a Campfire — Whether you’re celebrating Halloween with the kids or hanging out with a bunch of adults, everyone loves a good ghost story around a campfire. To set the mood, wait until it’s dark. Everyone can take turns telling their own spooky tales, whether true or totally made up! You can turn it into a contest and hand out prizes for the spookiest, silliest or most creative ghost story of the night.
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- Set Up an Outdoor Movie Night — Halloween and horror flicks go hand-in-hand. There are plenty of spooky films out there that can send a bone-tingling chill up your spine. Little ones who aren’t old enough for the spookier stuff can stick to family-friendly Halloween movies. Set up an outdoor movie night with a projector and screen. To add to the ambiance, have classic movie snacks like popcorn and soda available for your guests.
The moon is just starting to cast an eerie glow on our list of outdoor Halloween festivities. We may have come to a conclusion on our fun exploration, but your Halloween adventures are just beginning. These are just a few ideas to get started because there’s really no shortage of exhilarating and enchanting activities to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve. Whether you want to wear functional jewelry around the crackling bonfire to connect with the primal thrill of fire to light up the darkness or just take in the smell of fresh fallen leaves, the crispness of the air while you’re celebrating Halloween outdoors is sure to combine the joy of tradition and the excitement of the unknown.
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