As much as I love Halloween, there are some years when I just can’t do the classic dress-up, dinner party, whole nine yards production. Especially now that I have August. Of course, we are planning to dress him up in something adorable, but part of me just wants to stay at home, warm my feet by the fire, and hand out candy to all the cute trick-or-treaters. And now that I’m nearly 7 months pregnant, this year is most definitely one of those years that I’m pining for a more laid-back Halloween. No costumes or parties—Joe and I just added a touch of Halloween decorations in and around the house to get us into the spirit.
For those of you who also want to partake in a more mellow Halloween, I’ve put together five different ways to have a chill Halloween this season! Let me know what you think, and I’d also love to hear what you are up to on All Hallows’ Eve!
1. Not in the mood to deal with a bunch of trick-or-treaters? We get it! But, don’t be the scrooge that doesn’t leave candy. You can quickly put together a cute sign and bowl of candy to leave out. Make sure there’s enough for the night, or refill a couple of times throughout the evening. If you are up for greeting dressed-up kiddos, plop yourself in a chair on your porch or nearby with the TV angled toward you, and hand out candy all night!
2. Put up some super simple decorations. Interior designer and all-around cool girl Emily Henderson decked out her house for Halloween but in the easiest way possible. Check out her post to get some inspiration and try your hand at a few near-effortless decorations.
3. Probably the most low-key Halloween option of them all—watch Halloween TV episodes (or anything Halloween, really). Brit + Co has a great round-up of their favorite Halloween TV show episodes. Cozy up on the couch and get watching!
4. Whip up some yummy treats for yourself! Halloween-themed or not, make some easy goodies for your eating pleasure. There are a ton of no-bake recipes out there, like pumpkin pretzels, pumpkin cheesecake truffles, or graveyard chocolate dirt cups. You’ve got the trick-or-treaters covered, now treat yourself!
5. Or go out! Escape the Halloween festivities by going out for the night. Choose your favorite casual restaurant or go see a movie in theaters. Bring a date or a bunch of girlfriends out for a low-key Halloween night—no costumes or candy necessary!
BY Kate Arends - October 30, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.