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How to Celebrate Halloween This Year
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How to Celebrate Halloween This Year

Halloween is right around the corner, which means the pumpkins need to be carved, the spooky decorations need to be hung, the sweet treats need to be bought, and you need your costume ASAP! But the good times don’t have to stop at costumes and parties and haunted houses. Here are a few ways to celebrate Halloween both in and out of the house. 

The History of Halloween

Halloween is a celebration taking place on October 31st. The tradition dates back thousands of years to the Celtic celebration of Samhain, an autumn festival that marked the end of the harvest season and welcomed the new year. Many believed that Samhain was also a time when the world of the living and the dead could communicate with each other. Since then, Halloween has been recognized as a holiday that “celebrates” or honours the return of the ghosts of the dead. Interesting, right? 

Ways You Could Celebrate

Go pumpkin picking at a local farm.

If you haven’t picked up a pumpkin yet, now’s your chance! Pumpkins are sitting all over grocery stores and supermarkets right now, so take advantage of the warm autumn weather and head on out to grab one. Or, you can spice it up by buying a ticket for a ride around your local pumpkin patch! 

Have a scary movie night. 

Celebrating Halloween at home doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Spice up your spooky holiday by watching an even spookier movie! Popular Halloween films include Us, Halloween, Hereditary, The Conjuring, The Ring, and The Exorcist. You might also consider light, family-friendly classics like Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The choices are endless! 

Get creative with jack-o’-lantern carving.  

Haven’t found the perfect design yet? No problem, because you still have plenty of time until the 31st! There’s no more classic Halloween activity than carving pumpkins. From picking out the perfect (and biggest) pumpkin to putting your carving skills to the test, this is arguably one of the most popular and enjoyable traditions of the Halloween holiday. 

Bake fall goodies or create your very own potion. 

In the mood for some good food? Food Network Canada has some great suggestions on which Halloween treats to make or bake. From Witch Finger Cookies and caramel apples to Frankenshakes and Berry Eyeball Punch, you’ll have a lot to choose from. There’s even a recipe for a haunted gingerbread house. You might even add some gummy worms or candy corn cobs for a truly spooky treat! 

Decorate your house.

If you want to be extra festive this year, consider adding some decorations to your front yard or even onto your house. You could do a spooky yard scene, where you conjure up a haunted forest or cemetery to scare trick-or-treaters. You could also add eyes, spider webs, zombie hands and other spooky decorations to small bushes or hedges. 

On a budget? Check out your local dollar store. They usually have loads of Halloween decorations for sale, and even smaller accessories like stickers, window clings, balloons, flowers, candle holders and other spooky displays are a great way to contribute to the Halloween spirit! 

Hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. 

Too old for trick-or-treating? Then it’s your turn to hand out the treats! Make sure you’re stocked up on Halloween candy this year and don’t forget to pass out goodies to the little neighbourhood ghosts and goblins and witches who ring your doorbell. 

Go trick-or-treating! 

This one’s truly a classic Halloween activity. What better way is there to celebrate Halloween than to go out and collect candy? Typically, the best neighbourhoods tend to be in the suburbs, and you’ll find that areas with lots of families and children hand out the largest amounts of treats. You can also drop by a shopping mall, as some stores give out freebies on Halloween day. Be sure you have a costume on though, as some places will only give out treats to those who are dressed up! 

Popular Neighbourhoods for Trick-Or-Treating in Vancouver

DailyHive’s Listed has these spooky neighbourhoods at the top of their Halloween-friendly list: 

  • Kitsilano: West 13th to West 15th Avenue between Collingwood and Macdonald
  • Mount Pleasant: West 13th and 14th Avenue between Columbia and Ontario
  • Dunbar-Southlands: Streets off Dunbar between West 16th Avenue and SW Marine Drive
  • Douglas Park: Streets between Oak and Cambie and 16th and King Edward
  • Riley Park: Streets between Cambie and Main, north of Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Kerrisdale: Streets off West Blvd between 33rd and 49th
  • Arbutus Ridge: Streets off Arbutus between 16th and King Edward
  • West Point Grey: Streets off 16th Avenue, 10th Avenue, and 4th Avenue
  • Hastings-Sunrise: 2400-2900 Trinity Street
  • Yaletown: Homer Street to Pacific Boulevard
  • Renfrew-Collingwood: Streets between Nanaimo and Boundary, 29th and 41st
  • East Vancouver: East of Commercial Drive between Kitchener and Venables

Sources: Why Do We Celebrate Halloween? Here’s the Real History Behind It, Our Top 50 Halloween Recipes, The best places to go trick-or-treating in Metro Vancouver

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