Pumpkins, freaky costumes, colorful candies, and scary movies — Halloween is, with no shadow of a doubt, one of the most exciting times of the year. The weather is chill, and fall’s color explosion starts to rise, making this season truly irresistible.
Whether you’re planning on spending Halloween at home or experience this exciting holiday outside, we’ve gathered some ideas that will make your October 31st even more thrilling this year — from visiting pumpkin farms to binge-watching your favorite scary movies.
Ready to enjoy Halloween like never before? Then read the post to discover the best ideas for celebrating this spooky day in 2021!
Fun Facts About Halloween
- On October 21st of 2020, there was a rare Halloween blue moon that appeared in the sky for the first time since 2001;
- “Jack o’lantern” comes from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a mythical character that invited the Devil to have a drink with him;
- Trick-or-treating has existed since medieval times, but become a widespread practice until in the United States in the 1930s;
- The annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan is the world’s largest Halloween parade.
- Skittles is the most consumed Halloween candy.
All You Need To Know About Halloween
The History Of Halloween
Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a Gaelic festival that marks the end of the harvest season and welcomes the winter, or “the dark half of the year.” Ancient Celts believed that, during Samhain, the doorways between the physical world and the spirit world would open, allowing more interaction between humans and the souls of the dead.
Taking place between the fall equinox and the winter solstice, Samhain was one of the four main festivals of the Gaelic calendar and celebrated with people lighting bonfires and wear costumes typically consisting of animal heads and skins to ward off evil spirits.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints, a celebration that became known as All Saints Day and incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The night before, October 31, is Halloween, which comes from the Scottish term for Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day).
Over time, All Hallows Eve evolved into Hallowe’en, and thanks to the mass Irish and Scottish immigration in the 19th century, Halloween became a major holiday in the United States.
Which Countries Celebrate Halloween?
While nowadays there are Halloween festivities widely happening across the globe, the celebration is more popular in the North American Countries of the United States, and Canada, and in Ireland and the UK.
Halloween is also becoming more popular in other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, France, Poland, and China.
When Is Halloween Celebrated?
Halloween is a holiday observed each year on October 31. Halloween 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31.
What Are The Most Common Halloween Traditions?
Some of the most popular Halloween activities and traditions include carving jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, festive gatherings, donning costumes, and scary stories.
How To Celebrate Halloween In 2021: Quarantine Halloween Ideas
Decorate Your House
First things first. If you decide to stay at home on October 31st, make sure to set up the mood by embellishing your house with some spooky Halloween decorations. To dial up the devilish factor to a ten, dress up your home inside and out with plastic spiders, led candles, witch brooms, bubbling cauldrons, fake spiderwebs, and wind strips of toilet paper on your front door.
You can even go the extra mile by throwing a contest with your neighbors to see who nailed the Halloween aesthetic the most!
Binge Watch Your Favorite Horror Movies
Just because you’re celebrating Halloween at home, does not mean you have to stay bored. Spice your holiday up by making a selection of scary movies, from all-time classics like “The Exorcist”, to trashy, like Piranha 3D, and newer releases such as The Conjuring.
Are you at home with the kids? No worries! There are some lighter family-friendly Halloween movies you can watch with the little ones. Go-to classics include Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and The Adams Family.
Don’t forget to light some candles to set up the mood, and grab some Halloween-themed snacks like candy corn cobs and caramel apple s’mores to binge-eat while watching the movies!
Wear Halloween Costumes And Throw A Theme Dinner
A fun Halloween party or dinner can go a long way. So put on your scariest costume, fully decorate your house, and organize some fun-filled activities for the evening. You can dive into your favorite ghost stories, watch your favorite Halloween-themed movie together, or play games like trivia and treasure hunting.
For a truly epic night, put on some Halloween music, make your favorite festive drink and host a dance party with your friends and family. Make sure to have plenty of lip-smacking treats like gummy worms, and candy corn cobs on offer!
There’s no more classic Halloween activity than carving pumpkins. From picking out the perfect pumpkin to putting your artistic skills to test, this is one of the most enjoyable traditions of the season.
So gather your pumpkin carving tools, set up your workspace, and create the jack o lantern of your dreams.
Tip: don’t throw away the seeds. Season them with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper, roast them in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have a mouthwatering Halloween snack!
How To Celebrate Halloween In 2021: Top Halloween Experiences
Go On A Halloween Trip
Since November 1 (All Saints’ Day) is a national holiday in some countries, traveling might be the perfect way of having a one-of-a-kind Halloween.
So whether you’re thinking of going away just for the weekend or for a couple of days, going for a trip is a great opportunity to awaken your wanderlust while experiencing the magic of Halloween.
You can even choose a destination that has some kind of connection with Halloween, witches, witchcraft, haunted attractions, and the supernatural world, like Salem, in Massachusetts, Sleepy Hollow, New York, Ireland Transylvania, Romania, or Mexico.
Go Pumpkin Picking In An Farm
In late September the radiance of autumn starts to rise, bringing with it a stunning color explosion, a pleasant brisk air, and a variety of irresistible seasonal treats. One of the best ways of taking advantage of the season and celebrate Hallowing is visiting a local farm to pick your pumpkin.
There are several pumpkin farms across the United States, with the picking season usually beginning in mid-September, and ending on Halloween Day. Aside from choosing the perfect pumpkin to create your jack o lantern while visiting the farm, you can indulge in a variety of themed activities and events.
Take a Nigh Tour At A City Of Choice
There’s something different, and almost eerie, about exploring a city at nighttime. So, this Halloween, don’t pass up the chance to go for a walking tour on a destination of choice — it can even be the city where you live in.
There are several Halloween-themed walking tours around the world, where participants are taken to wander the streets under the stars and the moonlight while hearing spooky stories and supernatural tales.
Visit A Hunted Location
Wanna take your Halloween tour to the extra level? Then sure to add a hunted location to your itinerary. And there are several of them around the world! The Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, the Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, and the Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy, are some of the spookiest — yet beautiful — locations on Earth.
Wear Costumes And Go Trick Or Treating With The Kids
Last but not least, the ultimate activity for Halloween night: the famous trick or treat. Whether you’re with your kids or a group of friends, embrace this fun tradition by dressing up in your scariest outfit and go from door to door in search of some delicious Halloween candies!
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