Halloween is a time of year filled with tricks, treats, and parties. There are expectations to get out and cut loose dressed in twin drag of your favorite superheroes. For those out there like me who don’t drink and aren’t into partying (like at all), there have to be other options for you and your other half.
Plenty of fun can be had this time of the year with no two-day hangover as a consequence. It just takes a little bit of effort and searching to find the perfect fall-themed activity that’s more than just matching costumes.
Some small towns across the country have reputations for being haunted or just having that spooky vibe. Savannah, Georgia. has several different tour companies offering jaunts through the city’s cemeteries and haunted mansions either by foot or by trolley. If you’re into the macabre and live close to Fall River, Massachusetts check out the Lizzie Borden house to find out if Lizzie really did give her father forty whacks with that axe. Maybe there is a landmark that’s the scene of a grizzly murder or an old civil war battlefield within an hour’s drive of where you live. These are worth going to for the history and the adventure even if you don’t buy into the whole spirit thing.
Haunted hay rides and houses
Local churches and schools tend to run these through the entire month of October. If you want, you could even pick a different one every weekend to go enjoy. Some states make month long attractions out of these like Haunted Scream Park in St. Louis, Missouri or Spooky World in New Hampshire or the penultimate haunted house destination (if you want to make a vacation out of your holiday) Universal Studios – Halloween Horror Nights. Events like these have several haunted houses in one centralized place for you and your spouse to have a scream filled evening.
Fall and harvest festivals
These events are more kid friendly than others so you don’t have to leave your children home to enjoy visiting a festival. Pick out pumpkins to carve, talk to local artists and farmers, enjoy face painting, and petting zoos. Some have vendor setups with season appropriate food and drink for sale. Have a hot cider to knock the chill from your bones. Festivals are tame so if you aren’t a thrill seeker and hate being scared, pumpkin picking may be the best choice.
Cities and towns with a dense German/Eastern European/Beer loving populations set up events at any time during the month of October to celebrate beer and brats. Take an afternoon with your honey to sample different German beer and food, then burn it off with some polka. Watch or participate in various drinking games. You may find a game of beer pong partnered with your spouse to be a unique bonding experience.
Perhaps the two of you like to be more active participants in your fall festivities rather than just watch. See if any haunted houses in your area need scare-actors. Pair up to scare the unsuspecting tour group for a fun rush. The heat of the summer has passed and winter is still weeks away yet, so enjoy the beautiful October weather together and experience what your town has to offer in the spirit of fall and Halloween.