Many people love Halloween. They love to dress up, get together with friends and visit haunted houses to have their socks scared off. I’m not one of those people and you may not be either. So how do you celebrate Halloween without all things creepy and ghoulish? I have a few Halloween party alternatives that I plan to do during the month of October.
Invite friends over for S’mores around the campfire.
I love the feel of the warmth from the fire on a crisp autumn evening and it seems as though the best stories and bonding are told around a campfire. Just make sure that your bonfire doesn’t include ghost stories.
1. Go on a wine and chocolate tasting tour.
Fall is a great time for a winery tour- especially one that includes tastings. Add chocolate to the mix and you have the fixings for an incredible tour. Learn how different chocolates pair with different wines to give them a completely new flavor. If you prefer to sip your wine at home, check out Wine Awesomeness, a wine club that carefully curates the best wines from around the globe, to be delivered directly to your door. Sign up for a new membership to receive your first month free. How’s that for some non-spooky fun?
2. Grab some friends and get lost in a corn maize.
Okay, the getting lost part isn’t the goal, but doesn’t it seem as though everyone always gets lost in a corn maize? I think you need to do it at least once in your life. And for some non-spooky thrills, visit the corn maize as it’s beginning to get dark. Just don’t forget your flashlight. Just don’t watch Children of the Corn before you go.
3. Go on a hayride.
Fall and hayrides go together with chocolate and wine. You really shouldn’t have one without the other. Orchards and farms often offer them during September and October, but you can check your local paper for fall events to see if any are offered near you.
4. Take a farm tour.
I’m always fascinated by the workings of a farm and many open their gates to the public for fall tours. Learn what it’s like to raise goats, alpacas or bison. Taste ice cream made from goat’s milk or try a bison burger.
5. Host a movie marathon and showcase your favorite chick flicks all day and night.
Stock up on the popcorn, pizza and soft drinks and get comfy in your favorite sweatshirt and slippers and bring on the belly laughs and tears. There’s no need to purchase all the DVD’s, you can order movies-on-demand with VUDU. Right now you can save 50% off your order on all your favorite fall TV shows and movies.
6. Invite your friends and neighbors over for a chili cook off.
People get creative with their chili recipes and can get a little competitive. Send invites with a small pack of chili powder or seasoning and invite friends over for a chili cook off and football game. Award prizes for most creative, the hottest chili and the best tasting. You can even print certificates or pick up cheap prizes for your guests as a party favor.
What ideas do you have for a Fright-Free Halloween Party?