Why should kids have all the Halloween fun? Awesome Halloween activities for adults to make the most out of this spooky time of year.
Halloween is a pretty epic holiday in our household – and not just because we have a 5-year-old.
Actually, it’s mostly because of me. I’ve always loved Halloween.
And now that I’m an adult?
You can bet that the holiday is just as big. In fact, it might be bigger because now I’m an adult and can celebrate it however I’d like to!
It’s not all about the kids – check out these Halloween activities for adults.
Halloween Activities for Adults
What can adults do for Halloween? Turns out, quite a lot.
Several of these adult Halloween activities my husband and I have already done, and several are on my own October bucket list for this year!
Psst: let me know in the comments below which of these will become new Halloween traditions for adults in your home.
1. Do a Creepy, Virtual Haunted House Tour
Looking for Halloween games online?
There are lots of virtual haunted house tours available now, including:
- Google Earth Haunted Places Tour
- Winchester Mystery House
- Lizzie Borden’s house
- Paris Catacombs
- Witch trials online tours
2. Share Local Ghost Folklore
Many places have ghost enthusiasts, and some of them have created books detailing local ghost folklore.
Buy a book for your state, or your city, or even your local town, and have fun reading the stories aloud.
Are there places you can go to together with someone?
Places you’ve already been but didn’t know were allegedly haunted?
3. Complete a Free Murder Mystery Together
Looking for a really engaging, adult time together?
Munch on a bowl of Halloween Chex Mix while doing one of these free murder mysteries:
4. Hold a Halloween Door Decorating Contest…Inside Your Home
Give each adult their own door to come up with whatever design they’d like to, plus choose a deadline.
You can also set a max budget that each person can use.
5. Book a Room at a Haunted Hotel
Rumor has it, there are many haunted hotels across the U.S.
And while some are almost certainly trying to cash in on ghost-tourism, others might actually be true!
Find a haunted hotel in a place you’ve always wanted to go to, and book it for Halloween night.
If you dare…
Psst: at the very least, you could check out the movie 1408. It’s pretty good!
6. Have a Black-and-White Horror Movie Night
Horror movies aren’t a new invention – there’s been tons of them over the years.
Host a horror movie night for you guys…but with only black and white horror movies.
Some to check out:
- Night of the Living Dead (here’s a collection of over 50 old horror movies for the same price)
- Creature from the Black Lagoon
- The Wolf Man
- Dracula Legacy Collection
Hint: are you hosting a Halloween party? We did one year, and had a black and white horror movie playing in the background on mute. Really added to the ambience. And if you're doing a party…well then check out my article on is it cheaper to make your own meat and cheese tray.
7. Make a Halloween Candy Dessert
There are tons of ideas now with what to do with leftover Halloween candy.
Send your kids out, then raid some of the candies to use with one of these:
- Concession Stand Crackers
- Leftover Halloween Candy Blondie Bars
- Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough
- Candy Bar Apple Salad
- Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Trifle
8. Get Dressed in Costumes for Regular Dinner
Everyone’s gotta eat dinner, even on Halloween night, right? Might as well make it a bit more fun and unusual by having the adults eat in costumes!
You can use one of these free Halloween evites to announce Halloween dinner in a really fun way.
Increase the excitement by having everyone keep their costume a secret until they show up at the dinner table.
Psst: Want more? Be sure to check out these 13 October activities for adults.
9. Watch a Marathon Ghost Hunting Show
Over the last few years, several networks have started doing marathon live Halloween events centered around capturing ghosts on camera.
Sort of like watching one of those watering hole live cams – you can check in throughout the evening and see what’s going on.
Pretty fun to be part of!
Hint: you can use these cute, free printables to set up a Halloween concession stand to go with it.
10. Tour Local Ghost Places
One of the spookiest things I ever did in the Fall was drive with my sister to a supposedly haunted woods area right around our home. It was rainy, and our tennis practice was cancelled for the day.
So, she decided to take me and her friend down this muddy, rocky, dirt-road through a winding forest. What a fun time!
Research the alleged local haunts around your own home, and do a walk or drive-by on Halloween (or leading up to the big day).
Bonus points: bring Halloween candy along. Just sayin’.
11. Reveal Personal Ghost-Encounter Stories Around a Fire
Many people have unexplainable events that have happened to them throughout their life, and now’s a great time to open up about them.
Light up the fire pit, offer some refreshments, and take turns sharing your stories with each other.
12. Compete with the Neighbors
Seek out another couple the neighborhood to compete against for the best front-lawn Halloween decorations.
You can ask other neighbors to do the judging, or even have each Trick-or-Treater cast their vote (hint: if you’re going that route, you might get a slight edge by handing out really good candy!).
13. Dress Your Pets in Creepy Halloween Costumes
There’s some truly creepy (and cool) pet costumes out there now for Halloween.
Like this one, which makes your small dog look like a gigantic, running spider.
Or this one, which turns your cat into a bat-cat for the evening.
14. Check Out a Scary Drive-In Movie
What can couples do for Halloween?
One of my favorite ideas is to find a drive-in-movie theater near you and see if they’re playing anything particularly spooky around Halloween time – maybe a classic, or even a newer flick.
15. Meet Up for a Spooky Yummy Treat
One day after work, or in the afternoon, meet each other for a Halloween (or at least Fall-themed) drink at Starbucks, dessert at the local bakery, etc.
Some ideas to seek out:
- Starbucks Witch’s Brew Frappuccino
- Starbucks Halloween Secret Menu Drinks
- Candy corn cupcakes
16. Serve Halloween-Inspired Adult Beverages
Try out some new drink recipes, such as the:
17. Pick Up a Halloween-Lit Book
You’ve seen those ridiculous remakes of classics with zombies and vampires, and such, right?
Now’s the time to pick one up!
Could be really entertaining. Could be totally silly and not worth it…but there’s not better time of year to give it a test-drive.
Books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
Psst: Just typing those names out makes me giggle.
18. Pick Up a Horror Book
One of my favorite things to do when Fall starts creeping in, is to pick up a horror book to read.
Usually, I’m a non-fiction reader. So, it’s always a special treat for this Halloween-lovin’ gal!
Psst: prefer audio books? Here are horror audio books you can get for free.
19. Book a Weekend Trip to a Spooky Place
Want to know something that’s been on my bucket list for awhile now?
To go visit Salem, Massachusetts and take in all the history around the witch trials, in October. I want to visit the Salem Witch Museum to learn all about what went on, tour a few local historical spots, and see their Halloween festival.
Here’s some other areas of the U.S. you might want to squeeze in a trip for a good time:
- New Orleans: You can take a ghost tour of the French Quarter, and also go to the epic Krewe of Boo Halloween parade.
- Sleepy Hollow: Sleepy Hollow, New York has a breathtaking display of jack-o-lanterns to celebrate their association with Halloween. Here’s more info about all to do in Sleepy Hollow around Halloween time.
20. Play a Halloween Prank on Someone
I know, I know – I said it's only 19 ultimate Halloween Activities for Adults. But…I just can't help myself.
How about you play one of these Halloween pranks on an adult in your life?
21. Share a Halloween Episode or Movie that Scared You from Childhood
We did a new spooky activity this year, and it's definitely going down as a new Halloween tradition for us adults.
It was to share an episode or movie with each other that scared the pants off of us as kids. You know – that scene in a movie or a show that you have remembered over the years?
For me, it was The Facts of Life Season 8: Episode 12. Those dice sliding down the stairs? Ayayayay – that scene has been replaying in my mind for years!
My husband's was Disney's Mr. Boogedy. I'd never seen it before, and it was fun having him share the scenes that scared him as a child (but are laughable, today).
What a fun afternoon together.
As someone who loves Halloween about as much as a kid, I'd LOVE for you to share your own Halloween activities for adults in the comments below. What are you most excited about trying, and what are your Halloween traditions?
Amanda L Grossman
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