I LOVE fall! October is my favorite month of the year; Halloween is my favorite holiday. I LOVE dressing up & I LIVE for scary movies. I’m well versed in this stuff, so here’s your October guide to happiness!
1: Whip Up Something Autumny
I don’t cook. I’m not super domestic. But you can do anything when you put your mind to it, and when I DO cook–It’s usually not half bad!
Nothing reminds you it’s fall like a pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin pie. How ’bout try something fun and different? Here are a few fun ideas to jump start those taste buds:
And a Classic: Butternut Squash Soup
2: Get Your Scary Movie On
Grab a friend or your love, some popcorn (HERE are some delish popcorn recipes to try) turn off your phones and get started! Here are a few of my faves that I’m hoping, MAYBE you haven’t yet seen—based on your “scare level”:
If you’re NOT the bravest: Cabin in the Woods, Zombieland, Drag Me to Hell
If you can handle some dark s**t: VHS, The Orphanage, The Conjuring, Grave Encounters, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Evil Dead -The Remake
If you’ve seen it all: Martyrs
Also, check your local movie theater site. They probably have some classic Halloween screenings planned. This week at the Arclight Hollywood they are showing SCREAM!
3: Actually Dress Up
Don’t be that lame person at the party with no costume. OR WORSE- That lame person NOT at the party! :::::GASP:::::
Get in the spirit. Go out and get a costume, choose a group theme, a couples theme, or get creative with what you’ve got at home! Here are some fun ideas if you’re at a loss, and here are some game-changers.
4: Go to a Legit Haunted House
Grab your crew and go scream together! It’s a bonding experience. Here are a couple of my fave spots here in LA, but no matter what city you’re in, I guarantee there is something spooky and haunted to do a short drive away.
They say it’s the scariest, most awesome Halloween event in LA and every year sells out veeery quickly! I already got my tickets for the end of the month for this interactive theater/haunted house experience produced by the awesome Neil Patrick Harris, featuring LA’s professional actors and stunt people. You walk through in groups of 10-15 and this year they took over the Fitzgerald Manor in the West Adams district by USC. If you can get your hands on tix, you don’t wanna miss it!
My boyfriend and I went to get our pumpkins at this Pierce College spot, and I had read about their haunted corn maze and decided we needed to try it. NEITHER of us expected it to be as scary as it was! It is definitely heightened by the fact that being in an actual cornfield is eerie and creepy on it’s own! Head over, grab some food and a couple pumpkins and get ready!
This is an LA Halloween staple. If you haven’t done it, there’s nothing else like it. The line can be a bitch so I recommend getting there early! And if you’re afraid of clowns…good luck. This is the only event where you get to sit back and enjoy the ride.
You can’t beat Universal Horror Nights. You just can’t. I look forward to it every year because it’s always different! I know it’s s ton of money, but if you can swing it, I’d recommend coughing up the $140 for the front of line pass. SO WORTH IT. The lines can get really crazy and there are 7 new mazes this year! How can you see them all if you spend the whole night waiting? Keep in mind- they’ve got the resources- so this event is pretty damn scary. And creatures are EVERYWHERE. They will stalk you if you are the scaredy cat- so don’t show TOO much fear!
5: Go to the Pumpkin Patch
I know, I know. Ralph’s sells pumpkins. But that’s no fun! Head over to your local pumpkin patch and get in the spirit! They often have a variety of pumpkin snacks and sometimes carving workshops or cider! This year I wanted to have a variety of ugly, wart-covered pumpkins, but apparently everyone had the same idea because at my patch, they were all sold out of the ugly ones! I got a huge white one instead. Whether you have kids or are single, nothing reminds you of your childhood like picking out the perfect pumpkin! And don’t forget to ACTUALLY CARVE IT! Here is some pumpkin carving inspiration
I hope you enjoy this month as much as I do! And as always, hook me up with some pics of your costume, pumpkins or culinary creations! Happy Halloween!