Halloween is coming up, and although traditionally all activities are geared toward children, its still a good excuse to have your friends over. You can always welcome children, but if you want to make it an adult event, you are under no obligation to use cheesy decor.
Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats. Several cultures have festivals where the dead are remembered, such as Dia de Muertos in Mexico.
Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas. Contemporary Halloween no longer has religious overtones, but it doesn’t need to be all about eating vast amounts of candy. By hosting a party, you can turn it into more of a community event. A party for friends and neighbors can foster community bonding and is a good way to have fun just as the weather turns colder.
You are free to use traditional cobwebs and dark decorations, but you can also take your gathering on a different route; use a warm, orange color palette and incorporate pumpkins as you would flower arrangements. Autumn is a time when trees change color and seem to die during the winter but it is also about harvest.
If you want to spend time with family and friends, just not at home, you can always go to South Beach’s Lincoln Road on Halloween night. Here, the pedestrian promenade is the place to admire the most outrageous and creative Halloween costumes you’ve ever seen. Always a hot spot for people watching, Lincoln Road is a true feast for the eyes on Halloween. Feel free to join in by putting on your most creative costume. Political figures can be fun, but going for a classic witch or vampire might be more ameliorating. The usual night-time hangouts will be available. Bar hop or grab a bite to eat at a sidewalk café and watch the wide variety of people in costume go by.
You can always start the evening at one of the many Halloween events to be enjoyed around time and then end the evening at your home for some pumpkin soup or thematic meal. You can always get creative with cocktails or just keep things simple and enjoy the company of your friends and family.
If you have kids, send them off to do trick or treating while you have fun with friends. This might be a good way to include older children who aren’t comfortable with trick or treating but still want to enjoy Halloween.
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