Things to Do on Halloween – The Twisted List

There are plenty of things to do on Halloween, some are scary, but all of them are fun. Of course, there’s the usual trick or treating, but sometimes you want to do something different, something bigger. And sometimes you need a little help coming up with ideas.

If you like the subject of the paranormal, you most likely enjoy watching horror movies or checking out paranormal shows. You know scary and you love a scary Halloween.

If you’re one of those thrill-seekers and lovers of the paranormal (or just abnormal), read on. Because here’s a list of ideas to help you make this Halloween special.

#1 – The First Thing to Do on Halloween: Kick Off a Spooky Holiday with a Tribute to the Great Pumpkin

That’s right. Maybe you remember the Great Pumpkin from the Peanuts cartoon? If so, great! While it may sound silly, this is actually intended as a Halloween starter, to get you in the spirit of the season by following in Linus’ footsteps. This part of the evening can be done the weekend before or it can be done on Halloween night. The choice is yours.

Background for those of you who need it:

Linus was a friend of Charlie Brown’s. Each year, he was very devoted to the arrival of The Great Pumpkin. He would sit in the pumpkin patch, waiting for the Santa Claus of Halloween to arrive, often to exclusion of other Halloween activities like parties or trick or treating. While sitting in the pumpkin patch, Linus would say,

Tonight, the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.” – Linus

Well, the Great Pumpkin never did show up, although Linus was steadfast and waited for him every year. Of course, you don’t have to let disappointment ruin your Halloween. Instead, use the holiday to your advantage. Here are some ideas to pay homage to the big orange guy:

  • Carve some pumpkins.
  • Use the guts to make pumpkin treats.
  • Don’t forget to roast the seeds.
  • Get into the Halloween spirit and do some decorating.
  • For a scary twist, watch the new Halloween movie on Hulu called Hellions.
  • Be sure to lock the doors!

#2 – The Second Thing to Do on Halloween: Hold a twisted Scavenger Hunt.

Most of us are familiar with scavenger hunts. They’re fun party games you play where you have a good time deciphering riddles and clues while hunting for objects on a list. In order to win, you have to be the one who finds all his listed object first.

But what if your scavenger hunt was weird? Or horrifying? Or very Halloween-y? Wouldn’t that make your Halloween just a little more festive? How would you do that? It seems I ask a lot of questions, I know. But wouldn’t you like to know?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Load up your list with weird and scary objects – Instead of hunting for run-of-the-mill items, create a theme.
    • For a horrifying theme, put body parts and gore on your list.
    • For a weird them, load it up with amulets, wizard tools and strange things from folklore.
    • Spooky Halloween items could be used like witches and ghosts and goblins.
    • Where would you buy these items? Check your local Halloween store, party supply store or gag-gift store like Spencer’s at the mall.
  • Base your hunt on a scary movie, like Halloween or The Conjuring. What props were used in those movies? What statements did the movie make? Make a list and take it with you shopping. Once you have your objects to hand, you can create the riddles and clues.
  • Make your clues uber-creepy and have fun with your riddles. If you’re poetic, you can even make your clues list rhyme.
  • Definitely hold your scavenger hunt after dark. It pretty much goes without saying that darkness is where the monsters creep. If you have your scavenger hunt at home, turn out the lights. Use candles, preferably electronic candles, so things are kept safe and nobody gets hurt.
  • If you’re going door to door, warn your neighbors so they can play along and know what to expect.
  • If it’s a small party, each man to himself.  Otherwise, split up into teams.

#3 – The Third Thing to Do on Halloween: Put on Your own Haunted Maze or Spook House

This is probably one of the best things you could do on Halloween, because everybody loves to be scared. Plus, this is versatile, because you can put this on outside for all the neighborhood kids to enjoy, or you can do it inside your home, for a creepy spooky Halloween activity.

To pull this off, the first thing you need to do is figure out the path you want people to travel through as they visit your spook house. That means you need to decide how you’re going to move your furniture or what you’re going to do with the rooms if you do it inside. Or you need to decide how you’re going to set up your yard, if you do it outside.

If you have little ones, you could have a short little scare way through one room. Are you having an adult party? If so, go ahead and use the whole house.

Here are some steps to get you going:

  • Draw up a diagram of your floor plan
  • Decide what you want to do with each area in terms of scenes, scares, etc.
  • Shop around for props for your setup
  • If shopping for props changed your mind, re-do your diagram accordingly
  • Draw up some names of friends whose help you want to enlist
  • Set a time for everyone to come over and help

Note: If you’re doing this solo, why not just hold something in the yard? Probably something to consider if your own your own land. Use hay bales to set up your haunted maze, let the kids go through and hand out candy at the end. It will be a bloody good time for all.

Also, you can find places to hide and as kids walk through the yard, you can jump out and scare the candycorn out of them. Woohoo! They will love it. And you can call your maze Children of the Corn – I mean – Children of the Lawn.  (Badum, bum)

A good idea for decorating your setup – Again, why don’t you try some kind of a theme like a famous Halloween movie? Or do you want to be the Haunted Mansion at Disney World? Something like that. Your setup will be limited only to your imagination and your budget.

Along with some props, you’re also going to need some music or spooky sounds. You can have all your helpers use flashlights to get around or you can simply use dim lighting. Try getting a fog machine for $30 at a Halloween store.

When setting up your house, make sure everything flows and people can get through without jamming up.

#4 – Get Baked — Literally — In the Kitchen

Take those pumpkin guts from your Great Pumpkin carving ceremony. Bake them in some cookies or pumpkin bar recipes.

Don’t forget to roast and salt the seeds!