Trick or treat! Halloween is one of the best nights of the year. Full of fun, this holiday allows you to get dressed up and go out with friends and family. Still, Halloween can be potentially triggering for those who are working through the recovery process. As adults, often, people find themselves at Halloween parties with alcohol and drugs, avoiding temptation and dangerous situations. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to have a sober Halloween, here are 5 ways!
1. Go to a Support Group Meeting or Sober Event
One great way to have a sober Halloween is to connect with the sober community. Attend a meeting for your support group! Even if you have something planned for later that day, it’s a good idea to schedule out some time at the beginning of the day to check-in with yourself. Spending time with those with whom you share some common ground is a great way to spend any day. This is especially true when you’re feeling particularly triggered. Open up. Talk to someone. If you don’t have plans for later in the day, a support group meeting might also give you a few options for sober events near you!
2. Find a Themed Activity
Doing Halloween themed activities is a great way to get in the spirit without the temptation of drugs or alcohol. Get active with a Halloween themed 5K! Check the local event listings for a fall festival. Get spooky at a haunted house or haunted hayride. Every town has a ghost story – discover yours on a ghost tour! Better yet, nothing says Halloween like having a good old fashioned Jack-O-Lantern carving contest or pumpkin picking. There are so many fun Halloween themed activities that are geared toward families that are alcohol-free by nature. If sober focused events aren’t your thing, try attending something that was created without alcohol or drugs in mind.
3. Have a Movie Marathon
If you’re feeling a night in, why not have a scary movie marathon? This is a great way to bond with friends, sober or otherwise (and it means you don’t technically have to change out of your coziest PJs either.) Have some sober friends over to your place and pop in a horror movie! Consider a classic slasher flick from the 80s like Halloween or something more modern like Annabelle or The Conjuring! Not into anything too scary? There’s always Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, Coraline, or The Corpse Bride! There are Halloween themed movies for everyone, no matter your age or taste! Not feeling a movie? Why not binge-watch a TV show or documentary on Netflix or Hulu? There are so many interesting options that you can check out.
4. Throw Your Own Party
If you still want to party, still want to dance and get dressed up, you can eliminate the temptation of alcohol or drugs by hosting your own Halloween party! If you can’t find a sober event in your area, you shouldn’t miss out on the fun. Invite friends and family that support you on your journey, who will agree to stay sober with you! Make some fancy, Halloween themed treats to get yourself into the spirit. Decorate with fake bats and cobwebs! Lastly, go all out with your costume! Part of the fun of Halloween is being able to get dressed up to impress all of your friends! Host a costume contest and create different categories!
5. Stay Busy
Most importantly, make sure that you stay busy. It’s important to keep yourself engaged on days that you feel particularly triggered so that you can avoid temptation. Parties and gatherings are often the cause of undue stress and can turn someone to relapse. It’s important to avoid potentially aggravating people, places, or things when you’re feeling vulnerable.
Halloween is a beloved holiday! Don’t miss out on all of the fun just because you’re getting sober! There are so many ways to have a sober Halloween that and they are fun and exciting!