12 Fun Things To Do This Halloween

Fun things to do this Halloween

Trick-or-treating is central to the tradition, but sometimes the best Halloween’s are those where you do something different, tailored especially to YOU. So what are you planning for this 31 October? There are dozens of potential Halloween activities to choose from.

For those who like their fun with a twist of scares, we present 11 spooky fun things to do this Halloween – including energetic games, scary movies, haunted castle adventures, and a themed party.

1. Halloween Games Evening

Embrace the Halloween spirit with a game night. There are tons of enjoyable games you can play, many suitable for the whole family.

Toilet paper mummies

Divide into teams and designate one player the ‘mummy’. The rest of the team must wrap their mummy from head to toe in toilet paper. The first team to completely wrap their mummy wins.

Monster freeze dance

Play Halloween-themed music and have everyone dance. When the music stops players freeze like statues. Anyone caught moving after the music stops is out. The last person remaining wins. It’s one of the most energetic and fun of Halloween games!

Halloween Charades

Like Charades except with Halloween-themed clues. Players take turns picking a word or phrase from a hat and acting it out wordlessly while others try and guess what it is.

Pin the Wart on the Witch

Similar to ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’, this is one that the kids can get into happily.

2. Visit a Haunted House

If there’s a haunted house in your neighbourhood, and you haven’t visited it yet, it’s a no-brainer. All Hallows’ Eve is the absolute best time to visit your local haunted abode.

If you have visited and know the ghostly tales and scary parts of the house then you’re the designated tour guide! Take your friends or kids along and make it a memorable, fun and frightening outing.

3. Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Halloween lends itself to an epic scavenger hunt. Here’s how to go about it.

  • Draw up a list of haunted locations in your neighbourhood or the area you choose for your hunt. Think of unsettling old buildings, cemeteries, haunted mansions, and other sites associated with a scary story. Just stay off private property!
  • Create clues, cryptic riddles, or trivia that will lead players to the various locations.
  • Form teams, provide each with their clue sheet and rules, and let the hunt begin.
  • Players should take photos or videos as evidence that they found the spots.
  • Once the agreed game time is over, everyone re-gathers and shares their experience including any strange encounters they had along the way. Wicked fun.

4. Ghost Movie Night

A movie night with good friends is always a winner. If you haven’t watched a creepy film in a while, Halloween night is the perfect excuse. The only question is how scary do you want to go? Black popcorn will add to the scare!

The scare meter goes from frothy to terrifying. From Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, and Hotel Transylvania to Halloween for the younger crowd.

Or all kinds of Conjuring and Doll movies… Insidious and Ringu and May (as RogerEbert.com says of May, “I’ll never forget showing it to a friend, a hardened horror fan who introduced me to George Romero, only to have him recoil in terror and beg me to turn it off.”)

Snack on Halloween treats and sip warm apple cider, pumpkin-spiced cocktails, or mulled wine.

5. Share Ghost Stories

If you have friends who tell terrifying ghost stories you may find yourself in the same position as that guy watching May– recoiling and begging them to stop as you cover your ears. Hopefully, your Halloween ghost story night won’t be as traumatic.

Gather around with friends or family and enjoy storytelling by candlelight. Share your own eerie encounters or take turns reading ghost stories. Dim the lights and let your imagination run wild in a nerve-jangling but safe environment.

6. Take a Ghost Walking Tour

Join a guided ghost walk in your local area or city. Many cities around the UK offer these tours which provide a fascinating look into the misfortunes, crimes, horrors, loves, and tragedies of times past (many stories date back centuries). History buffs usually enjoy these walks as much as supernatural enthusiasts.

Besides local history, you will learn about hauntings, ghost sightings, and paranormal phenomena. Doing the walk at night is a must.

7. Haunted Castle Ghost Hunt

Halloween ghost hunts in haunted castles are terrific experiences (and tickets sell out fast). Many castles across the UK have a history of hauntings, and they offer tours where you can explore the locations and perhaps feel the supernatural auras yourself.

These investigations are led by expert paranormal detectives, and you will have access to up-to-date equipment as you venture through the scariest parts of the castle: dungeons, jails, bell towers, gallows, scary staircases, and chilling kitchens.

You can even arrange a sleepover in some castles.

8. Halloween Party

Throw yourself into the Halloween festivities by throwing a Halloween Party. Encourage everyone to dress up as their favourite ghosts, vampires, witches, zombies, or Wiccan Gods or Goddesses.

String up a few Halloween decorations. No need for a Halloween Crafts Diploma here. Carved pumpkins are a good start. Then add cobwebs, creepy crawlies, skeletons, broomsticks, whatever takes your dark fancy really…

Curate popular creepy songs into the playlist: “This is Halloween”, “Thriller”, “I Put a Spell on You”, “Monster Mash”, “Werewolves of London”, “Zombie”, “Time Warp”…

For food, ask your friends to bring platters for a Halloween pot luck. Fill the punch bowls generously with witches’ brew. Dim the lights, light the candles, and get down and Party.

9. Escape Room: Haunted Edition

Why not challenge yourself with an escape room experience with a haunted twist? Many escape room venues offer special Halloween-themed rooms where you’ll solve puzzles and unravel mysteries while trying not to be scared out of your wits.

Enter the room and try and escape from such horrors as Sweeney Todd or play nail-biting games with possessed dolls to help you survive their terrifying toy store!

10. Picnic in a Haunted Forest

If there is a haunted forest or park near you, pack a Halloween picnic hamper, some blankets, candles, and warm clothes, and venture forth on a paranormal picnic.

Depending on how brave you are you can picnic in the early evening or late into the bewitching hour. If you go before sunset, enjoy the walk in the woods, the fresh air, and autumn leaves.

After an early picnic, you can always join local trick-or-treaters.

If a late picnic is your choice, prepare for a dark, disturbing atmosphere and things that go bump, or shriek, in the night. Was that you shrieking!?

11. Celebrating Pumpkins

You can hardly celebrate Halloween without a trusty pumpkin or two. Here are 5 fun pumpkin ideas:

  1. Head to a local pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins for you.
  2. Pumpkin carving – carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns or any other design can be enjoyed as a family or hosted as a competition. Here are carving ideas.
  3. Pumpkin decorating – get creative and transform pumpkins into works of art with paint, scissors, glue, candles, stickers, and assorted accessories.
  4. Gather your cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and more to blend a lovely pumpkin spice to be enjoyed in your choice of pumpkin pie, muffins, bread, cocktails, or lattes.
  5. Roasting pumpkin seeds and making some delicious pumpkin soup after Halloween is a relaxing way to reminisce about the occasion.

12. Play Some Ghost-Hunting Games

One thrilling way to enjoy the eerie atmosphere is by playing ghost-hunting games. These games, such as the spine-chilling Phasmophobia, offer suspense, teamwork, and exploration. The thrill of gameplay complements perfectly the Halloween vibe.

Gather your friends online or in person, and prepare to investigate haunted locations. All from the safety of your home. Whether you’re communicating with spirits through a spirit box or catching ghostly orbs on camera, these games promise a heart-pounding adventure that’s both spooky and fun.

FAQs

What are good Halloween costumes for trick or treating?

A Halloween costume is a personal choice, but witches, fairies, Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Barbie, Wednesday Addams, The Joker, Harley Quinn, and Ninjas are some of the most popular recent costumes.

What are good haunted castles to visit on Halloween?

Chillingham Castle, Dover Castle, Dunster Castle, Glamis Castle, Craig y Nos Castle, and Berry Pomeroy are reportedly among the most frightening castles in the UK and terrific locations for Halloween visits.

What are fun games to play on Halloween?

Witch hat ring toss, spider web walk, pumpkin ten-pin bowling, and apple bobbing are some great games to play on Halloween.

When is Halloween?

Halloween falls on the same day every year, which is the 31st of October. Halloween originates from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to keep ghosts away, as it was considered the night of the year when the veil between the spiritual and physical world was most permeable.

Here’s To The Best Halloween

We’re sure you’re getting into the spooky spirit faster than a whizzing broomstick, readying yourself for serious Halloween fun. However, you decide to celebrate Halloween we wish you a happy, exciting, and safe All Hallows’ Eve.

In the season’s spirit, why not dive into some Halloween facts to impress your friends and family? For instance, did you know that the tradition of wearing costumes originated from the belief that disguises would ward off roaming spirits? Or that jack-o’-lanterns were initially carved out of turnips? These fascinating titbits add an extra layer of intrigue to your Halloween festivities.

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Sam Ashford
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Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!