Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re like most families, you’ll be looking to do something to celebrate each and every holiday in a memorable way.
At this time of year, you’ll find many mothers buying bulk order glue sticks as they prepare for this sociable season where we have Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas all in the space of a few weeks – often requiring crafting skills to make costumes, decorations, and the like.
That said, not everything has to be just for the children, there are some ideas for the grown-ups too… for instance, watching a terrifying film in the dark, or even downloading it onto a mobile device and camping out in the woods to watch it; if you’re really brave. A fun alternative, is to camp in the back garden with the kids – requiring lots of duvets and warm treats, whilst watching a mild horror film such as Hocus Pocus that is scary enough to engage yet mild enough not to cause sleepless nights!
This is a great way to add an extra element of fear, yet warmth and cosiness, into your child-friendly halloween activities… especially, if you decide to spend the night in the tent together, though given the recent weather, it might be better to retreat indoors. An alternative, if the weather is particularly bad is to make a den in the living room to watch the film from.
That said, if you are a Halloween aficionado, you might be wanting something a little more terrifying or immersive, in which case, read on;
- HEAD TO IRELAND
If you’re looking to incorporate a little travel into your Halloween plans you could hop across to Ireland, which is the place where Halloween was first invented! In fact, Ireland was voted, by USA Today, as the best place to celebrate Halloween in the world – outranking popular spots such as Salem and Transylvania. In particular, you should check out the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival in Derry.
- STAY IN A HAUNTED HOTEL
You may have already stayed in one, accidentally, to your dismay – or you might have hunted a haunted hotel out specifically to experience what lurks within the walls of the building… but the option of staying in a haunted hotel is a great way to spend Halloween. Often, around this time of year there will be paranormal investigations taking place within popular hotels and other spooky places such as castles and psychiatric hospitals.
- SCARE PARK
A popular new trend is that of “scare parks” which are a bit like a theme park, but specifically designed to scare the wits out of visitors. They use live actors and a variety of special effects to create a very immersive scare experience that often leaves visitors laughing to the point of hysteria as men wielding chainsaws chase you through seemingly abandoned farm buildings.
*This is a collaborative post*