13 Fun Things to Do If You’re Staying in This Halloween

Overwhelmed by the hordes of costumed revelers taking over the streets every Halloween? Here’s how to celebrate the holiday indoors, away from the craziness.

1. Witches’ Brew

Hocus Pocus
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Find a recipe you like for spiced apple cider with all the flavors of fall—cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice—and throw in some booo-ze for good measure.

 

2. Get Tropical

Pineapple jack o' lantern
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Give your pumpkin lineup a little local flair with a spooky carved pineapple. Find out how to do it here.

 

3. Bottoms Up

There’s nothing like a good scary movie marathon, such as the Saw series or classics such as Friday the 13th. Make it a drinking game by taking a sip every time you see the word or color red in The Shining, for instance.

 

4. Keep Drinking

Mean Girls

Pick a popular character (Moana, Elsa) and take a drink of the spooky beverage of your choice every time a kid dressed in that costume comes to your door.

 

5. Get Ahead

Elf

Start your online Christmas shopping early.

 

6. “I Shut My Eyes and All the World Drops Dead”

Read creepy poems out loud to each other by candlelight.

 

7. Did You Hear That?

Listen to one of these seven horror podcasts recommended by Thrillist.

 

8. Treats, Not Tricks

Halloween cookies
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Bake skull-shaped cakes filled with jam, cookie tombstones and other morbid goodies. Have a decorating party!

 

9. Aaand Drink Some More

Pumpkin keg
PHOTO: Diane Lee

Make a pumpkin keg and pair it with your favorite beer or cider. Click here to learn how to D.I.Y.

 

10. Conjure the Dead

Nothing’s creepier than a Ouija board moving on its own.

 

11. Sing It Loud

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Act out The Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with karaoke and burnt toast. Bust out The Nightmare Before Christmas’ playlist, too.

 

12. Tell Your Fortune

Tarot cards are trending, so order a deck and hope the stars are in your favor.

 

13. Whodunnit?

Forget about Clue—bring a murder mystery game to life by assigning characters and costumes to your friends who have to figure out who killed Auntie Nalani.

 

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