Even when I was younger it was rare if I did anything for Halloween, my dad has worked away for the majority of my life so he often wasn’t home for Halloween. My mum didn’t like taking my brother and I out on our own as she didn’t like the dark nights so I hardly ever went trick or treating. Because of this we’d always celebrate Halloween in the house. I very rarely go out drinking so I don’t even go out on Halloween now. My best friend and I have always wanted to but Halloween has never landed on a convenient night, maybe one year I’ll finally get out! Anyway because of all of this I have perfected spending Halloween at home and I thought I’d share with you today some of my favourite things to do to celebrate without leaving the house!
1. Carve a pumpkin – Every year with out fail I carve a pumpkin, I think no matter how old I get I will always carve a pumpkin on Halloween, its one of my fave Halloween traditions. This year I went a bit over board with the pumpkins and bought 5! I bought two large orange ones, two ghost ones and one green one! I have carved 2 out of the 5 so far, so I will be carving the rest today!
2. Watch a Halloween themed movie – I really don’t like horror movies, they creep me out too much and I end up overthinking them for days. So I just don’t even attempt to watch them, I do however love watching halloween related movies. My favourites are of course The Addams Family, Hocus Pocus, Death Becomes Her, Hotel Transylvania, The Craft and so many more! I watch Halloween movies all throughout October but always choose a couple to watch on Halloween while I’m carving a pumpkin.
3. Bake Halloween treats – Baking is one of my favourite things to do no matter what time of year but it is especially fun at Halloween as you can create so many different cool bakes. I have a whole board on Pinterest for Halloween baking and I wish I had the time to bake them all! If you have seen my previous post you could bake some of those Halloween biscuits or you could bake some pumpkin flavoured gingerbread shaped men and decorate them to look like skeletons. If you cant get your hands on pumpkin spice as it is quite hard to come by in the UK, a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves will give you a very similar taste.
4. Play with Halloween makeup – You don’t have to be going anywhere to experiment with makeup, I’ve done this quite often on Halloween just sat in my room and applied makeup as if I was dressing up! My favourite look to create is a vampire as I’m obsessed with The Vampire Dairies and wouldn’t mind spending the rest of eternity with Damon Salvatore! I seem to always have a stash of fake blood in my makeup collection so creating a vampire look is easy for me, but if you don’t have any blood on hand there are so many more designs you could create out of your usual makeup collection. Searching Pinterest is always my favourite way to get inspiration.
5. Do some Halloween nail art – I used to do nail art all of the time but now I’ve not done it for years as I’m too much of a perfectionist and it just did my head in when my hands didn’t match! But you can do something as simple as painting your nails matte black (my favourite) to a really detailed design. A really easy Halloween nail art look is painting blood drips on your nails, this works on all nail lengths, if you’ve got long nails paint the drips coming up from the tips of your nails and if you’ve got short nails paint them dripping down from your cuticles.