The arrival of October ushers in a magical time when the air turns crisp, leaves transform into vibrant hues, and the spirit of Halloween begins to stir. It’s a month filled with spooky delights, eerie decorations, and the excitement of costume planning. Whether you’re a longtime Halloween enthusiast or someone looking to infuse a bit of the October spirit into your life, these tips are going to fill you with October spirit and have you ready for all the fun fall activities.
1. Clear Out Old Decorations
As October rolls around, it’s time to bid farewell to the cobweb-covered relics of Halloweens and harvests past. Take inventory of your old decorations and be willing to part ways with items that no longer spark joy or have seen better days. Getting rid of all the old fall decorations will ensure you have plenty of room to add some new decorations.
If you’ve accumulated a graveyard of Halloween decorations over the years, consider enlisting the services of junk haulers to help clear the clutter. This allows you to start fresh with a clean canvas for your new fun fall decorations. Fall decorations were not built to last a lifetime. Besides, fall decorations change styles every year as well.
If you want to get into the October spirit, there is no better way than to invest in some new decor. Decorating both inside and outside your home is a great way to ramp up those fall vibes. Clear out the old decorations and buy something new.
2. Create a Spooky Playlist
Music sets the tone for any spooky celebration. Curate a playlist filled with haunting tunes, eerie soundscapes, and classic Halloween hits. Don’t forget to include favorites like ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson and ‘Monster Mash’ by Bobby Pickett. A great playlist will heighten your October spirit and motivate everyone for the upcoming fun.
Take your auditory experience up a notch or two by upgrading your car audio system. Imagine the fun of driving around with the windows down to enjoy the cool fall air while listening to classic Halloween music. A new audio system will ensure you keep your October spirit, whether you are home or on the road.
A great playlist will provide you with a soundtrack for your fall decorating, family gatherings, and the fall holidays. Why not get in the mood by creating a playlist that keeps you on track with the fun to come? Fill your home and your car with music, and you are sure to keep that October spirit high.
3. Get Out the Ouija Board
If you are committed to making October a spooky time, there is no better way than to dip your toes into the occult. For those who seek a taste of the supernatural, dust off the Ouija board and gather some brave friends. Whether you believe in its mystic powers or not, it’s bound to add an extra layer of spookiness to your October spirit.
Set the scene for your Ouija board sessions by dimming the lights and creating an eerie ambiance. Roll-back area rugs and the creaking of the wood floor underfoot will add an unsettling touch that complements the paranormal experience. Light some fall-scented candles and turn on your playlist for background music.
A spooky time with friends is a great way to get into the October spirit. Make an evening of it by serving fun finger foods that are on theme with the season. Gathering with friends is always a great way to elevate your spirit. Of course, with friends and an Ouija board, you are guaranteed a great time.
4. Set Up Creepy Lighting
Lighting is key to creating the right atmosphere to feed your October spirit. Consult with an electrician to ensure safety and achieve the desired lighting effects. You never want to dabble in electrical issues if you are untrained. Safety should always be a priority.
Transform your home into a haunted mansion with the right lighting. Dimly lit spaces, flickering candles, and strategically placed black lights can create an atmosphere that sends shivers down your spine. If spooky isn’t your thing, then consider warm lighting options that will give your home a fall glow.
Perhaps upgrading your lighting to get ready for the winter holidays is on your agenda for October. In any event, lighting can set the mood and improve your October spirit. Consider making some lighting changes for the fall.
5. Decorate Your Home
We talked about how getting rid of old decorations and incorporating new ones will put you in the October spirit. Now, we are going to talk about how you can create the perfect atmosphere for October with new decorations. Decorate indoors and outside to create an October party atmosphere and raise your spirits.
Whether you prefer a gothic aesthetic or a whimsical approach, let your creativity run wild as you decorate the halls with Halloween decor. DIY projects like crafting paper bats or carving menacing pumpkins can add a personal touch. You don’t have to invest a fortune to create fun, visually stunning decorations. You can create a lot of the decorations you want inside your home and outside as a DIY project.
Gather friends and family members for a crafting session to make October spirit-inspiring decorations. Draw inspiration from the eerie elegance of funerary service to craft decorative elements like faux tombstones. Use draped fabrics and dark floral arrangements to create a one-of-a-kind October atmosphere in your home.
6. Buy Halloween Candy
Can you really call October the month of Halloween without the candy? Stock up on Halloween candy to be ready for the trick-or-treaters. Of course, you should also incorporate candy in your October decorations. A few candy dishes with classic treats like candy corn add a decorative touch a a sweet reminder that Halloween is just around the corner.
A handful of candy corn will transport you back to when you were knocking on doors for sweet treats. It will feed your October spirit and make you feel nostalgic. While indulging in Halloween candy is all part of the fun, remember to schedule check-ups with the childrens dentists to ensure that the post-Halloween sugar rush doesn’t lead to cavities and dental woes.
You should also balance your sweet treats with healthy options. Apples are a great in-season fruit that is associated with fall. Give the kids and yourself some healthy alternatives to keep sugar consumption in check.
7. Tell Scary Stories
One of the most popular October family traditions is to gather around fireplaces and tell scary stories. There’s something captivating about sharing scary stories by the fireplace. Gather your friends and family, stoke the flames, and take turns sending shivers down each other’s spines with spine-chilling tales of the supernatural. That will get you into the October spirit.
Whether you’re a seasoned storyteller or a beginner, let your imagination run wild. Craft tales of ghosts, monsters, and things that go bump in the night. The key is to create an atmosphere of suspense and anticipation. Turn the lights down low and let the flames from the fireplace add to the ambiance.
Make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand to ensure that everyone is well-fed so they can focus on the stories. Consider setting up props that will add to the spooky feel. Of course, make sure that your stories are age-appropriate for the kids. It’s fun to tell scary stories, but not if they will keep the kids up all night with nightmares.
8. Get a Scary Tattoo
For many people, Halloween is their favorite time of year, so much so that they decide to commemorate the holiday with a tattoo. Before you head to the tattoo shop to establish your love for Halloween with a permanent reminder, be sure you are choosing the right shop. Also, you should have at least an idea of what type of tattoo you want before you head over to the shop.
Research local options and read reviews to find a reputable artist specializing in your desired style. Consult with them to bring your eerie tattoo vision to life. Consider colors, placement, and the message that your tattoo will send.
Remember that aftercare of your tattoo is very important. Speak to the tattoo artist to learn about the dos and don’ts of tattoo care. A new tattoo will certainly raise your October spirit, but remember that a tattoo is pretty much forever. Be sure that you are not just caught up in the October spirit and that a tattoo is what you really want.
9. Watch a Horror Movie
Watching a horror movie is sure to get you in the spooky October spirit. There are so many different genres of horror, from slash films where everyone dies to psychological thrillers where the mind games are enough to drive you mad. In other words, there is something for everyone when it comes to cinematic horror films.
Some great choices could be old-school flicks like Dracula or Frankenstein. Or maybe you want to watch some critically acclaimed films like The Shining or John Carpenter’s The Thing. On the other hand, if you want some campy cult films, look to the Evil Dead series or Stuart Gordon’s filmography, which includes some great B-movies based on H.P. Lovecraft stories.
You can make a day of it by spending some time at the gun shop (with a shooting range) and then coming home setting up for an evening of spooky fun. Choose one of your favorite go-to October movies or try something new. Don’t worry if you are not into the horror of it all; plenty of October spirit movies are fun to watch.
If you don’t want to make horror fun too scary, watch some of the great animations invoking the October spirit. There are a lot of light-hearted fun films available for this time of year as well. Have a cozy movie night with friends and family at home to kick off the October festivities.
10. Design a Great Costume
A great way to get into the October spirit is to start thinking about and designing your costume for Halloween. For many people, the best part of the season is dressing up. As you brainstorm costume ideas, explore local night time entertainment options like haunted houses, costume parties, and other events. These outings can provide inspiration.
Whether you choose to become a classic monster, a pop culture icon, or something entirely original, crafting a great costume allows you to step into a different world for a night. Embrace your alter ego and let your creativity shine. The beauty of designing a unique costume is that you get to choose exactly what you want to be.
Halloween is all about fun and fantasy. Design a costume that will bring you joy and get you some second looks. Most of all have fun with the process. Raising your October spirit to a level that is contagious requires that you enjoy what you are doing.
Embracing the October spirit doesn’t require grand gestures or spending money. It could be as simple as taking a walk through your local park to marvel at the changing leaves. Living in the moment and appreciating the changes around you can help to elevate your mood and your spirit. Simple things can trigger a load of joy and help you ease into the new season.
Surround yourself with the things that will bring you joy this season. Gather often with family and friends to ensure that you are feeding your spirit. Consider a fun family night of hayrides and corn mazes. Go to the farmers market and buy your pumpkins. Roast the pumpkin seeds while the kids carve Jack-O-Lanterns. You can adopt a positive October spirit by keeping all your activities simple and stress-free.
October is a great time of year. Do your best to enjoy every minute. Before you know it we will be moving on to the next season. Follow these tips and you will find your October joy and be immersed in the October spirit.