Darkness falls across the land, for the Halloween hours are close at hand! The entire month of October is full of spooky fun (and a few frights!), but if you’re not used to doing it sober, you may be afraid that it’s now time to hang up the cape and fangs. 

Fortunately, Halloween can still be a night of ghostly good fun while sober. For adults, there are many fun things to do on Halloween and many ways to celebrate the spooky season. So break out the sweets, turn up your favorite spooktacular tunes and enjoy these fall-time festivities while you celebrate a sober October.

1. Feast on the festive flavors of fall

Though it’s the season for pumpkin spice and everything nice, orange gourds and candies don’t have to steal the spotlight. There can be room for both sweet and savory fall food on your table this October. Check out the Food Network’s collection of Halloween food recipes, such as eyeball lava cake and hot dog mummies!

And don’t forget ghastly drinks, too! Break out your recipes for booze-free Halloween mocktails (there’s only room for “boos!”). Concoctions like “frankenpunch” and “witches brew” are a guaranteed hit at any gathering, and the simple goodness of spiced apple cider is also a classic.

2. Watch some spine-chilling films

For a few spooky souls, it’s never Halloween without hair-raising horror. Curling up with a good Halloween horror movie is a fantastic way to spend October nights, and it tops the list of things to do on Halloween at home. Whether you’re into found-footage or more cinematic-style scares, there are plenty of vintage films and new classics to give horror buffs all the thrills and chills they crave. 

Not into the morbid or macabre? You can never go wrong with classics like “Hocus Pocus” or “The Nightmare Before Christmas” for a comfy and cozy Halloween movie night. Whether you want something downright terrifying or just a little spooky, a scary movie marathon is bound to fill you with delight.

3. Host a pumpkin party

Make the most of the pumpkin season while it’s here! Grab your ghoul-friends and goblins and host a pumpkin carving party. If you want to save a little money, make sure everyone knows it’s a BYOP (bring your own pumpkin!). 

Find a playlist fit for a monster mash, gather your pals and get to carving. Pumpkin guts can get everywhere, so be sure to put down newspapers and have wet paper towels at the ready. For those who’d rather not carve a jack-o’-lantern, put out some markers, glue, sequins or spray paint for your guests to make their own frightfully fun designs. Bonus points if you eat pumpkin spice treats during or after carving!

4. Volunteer at a family-friendly Halloween event

Helping out at a local Halloween gathering is a great way to foster the Halloween spirit and also give something back to your community. Church Halloween events, haunted houses and similar October haunts can always use some help, and there’s typically no alcohol allowed. Check out what’s going on in your area and find out if there’s any way you can lend a hand!

5. Go to a haunted house or fall festival

You don’t have to attend a party, stay at home or invite people over to find scary things to do on Halloween. Haunted houses are chock-full of spooky scares and memorable ghouls, and they’re a perfect way to end a lovely fall day outdoors. Fall festivals and pumpkin patches celebrate all things related to autumn, making for a perfect start to a Halloween morning. Plan a day of candied apples and hayrack rides, and cap it off with a night of wholesome horror!

You don’t need drugs or alcohol to have a frightfully fun time with your loved ones this spooky season. If you’re worried that your substance use has gone too far, it’s never too late to get help (even on Halloween night). Contact The Recovery Village today to speak with someone who understands your struggle and can guide you toward the help you need.