Halloween is the time of the year when people can let their imaginations run wild. The holiday date came from the Celtic tradition of Samhain, a time to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. People would dress up in costumes, light bonfires, and offer sacrifices to the gods to celebrate this holiday.
Nowadays, people celebrate Halloween by going to parties, trick-or-treating, and decorating their homes. These activities have become part of the tradition every year, and it will give you “FOMO” or fear of missing out if you’re not doing any of them.
But sometimes, something may get out of the way, and you won’t be able to celebrate Halloween on the day itself. It’s true, especially if you’re in the middle of a travel. However, there are still a few things that you can do to get into the spirit of the occasion. Here are five of them.
1. Hold a Halloween-themed party
The thing about parties is you can do it anywhere. You can ask your Airbnb host or the hotel staff if they could help you set up a small party in your room or the common area. This way, you still get to celebrate Halloween with your fellow travelers.
You can prepare some Halloween-themed games, or you can even do a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite Halloween dish. Make sure you also have some spooky decorations to add to the atmosphere. This will surely bring out the spooky spirit of Halloween, even if you’re just in your hotel room or a small rental property.
But since you’re not in your own home, ask your Airbnb host or the hotel staff before you do anything. Some properties have restrictions regarding parties, and you don’t want to get in trouble for something you’re not supposed to do. If they permit you, don’t forget to clean up after the party.
2. Go to a Halloween-themed attraction
If you want to do something different and are not really into the party scene, you can go to a Halloween-themed attraction. This is common in big cities where they have spooky attractions that are only open during the Halloween season.
Do some research on the place you’re visiting and see if there are any Halloween-themed attractions you can visit. It’s a great way to get into the spirit of Halloween, and it will also be a fun experience. You can visit a cemetery for a Halloween stroll if you’re out of options. Or perhaps, you can go to a known spooky place that’s known in the locality.
Most cities also have extreme haunted house attractions that you can go to. They offer a thrilling experience that you may not get anywhere else. You have to book your ticket in advance. It’s essential so you won’t deal with the hassle of going there while in the middle of your travel for another purpose.
3. Do a horror movie marathon
Halloween night may be jam-packed in the city you’re visiting. Or maybe you can’t go out because you must be up early the next day for something. If that’s the case, then you can just spend your time watching horror movies. You can either buy or rent some movies from the local store, or you can stream them online.
Invite your travel companions to watch with you, or you can just enjoy the marathon by yourself. It will be a fun and spooky experience that you’ll surely enjoy. Just don’t watch the movies with the sound too loud so you won’t bother your fellow travelers or your Airbnb host.
You can watch some horror classics that most people see during Halloween. Or you can go against the grain and see some films from the iceberg of disturbing movies list. Either way, you’ll have a good time without going outside.
4. Make Halloween-themed food
One of the best things about Halloween is the food. You can find a lot of recipes online that you can follow to make some Halloween-themed dishes. You can make them for yourself or share them with your fellow travelers.
You can prepare some common dishes during Halloween, such as pumpkin pies and roasted pumpkins. Or you can also be creative and make some dishes with a spooky twist. Whichever you want to prepare the food, you’ll surely enjoy making and feasting on Halloween-themed eats while on your trip.
5. Experience Halloween in the place you’re visiting
Maybe the most obvious thing you can do to celebrate Halloween is to experience it in the city you’re visiting. This is the best way to get into the spirit of Halloween while learning more about the culture and tradition of the place.
You can go trick or treating if you’re traveling with kids. Or you can join the locals in their Halloween festivities. You can also go to a Halloween parade or party to experience the holiday more festively.
Just make sure you’re respectful of the culture and tradition of the place. Don’t do anything that will offend the locals and just have fun while celebrating Halloween in a different place.
Doing any of these things will surely make you feel the spirit of Halloween, even if you’re not celebrating it in your hometown. Celebrating the occasion while you’re traveling can be challenging. But with a little planning and creativity, you can make it happen. Just have fun and enjoy the experience.