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Ditch The Halloweekend Parties For These Spooky Sober Activities

Spooky season is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s truly nothing like trying out all of Trader Joe’s new fall items, watching scary movies, and dressing up for Halloween. While I enjoy engaging in all of the Halloweekend fun that comes with college, such as going out to bars and parties, I certainly know that is not for everybody.

If you do not drink (or are not able to) and are finding it difficult to “fit in” with the craziness of Halloweekend, you’re not alone. Even though I am planning on going to Halloween parties and sipping on some ~fun~ beverages, there is still so much I want to do that commemorates spooky season without the booze. 

If you are a college student, or if you are looking for sober Halloween activities to try this fall, you have come to the right place. And, TBH, there is way more fun stuff in here than you think. I promise. Let’s get into it: Here are eight sober Halloween activities to try this fall, instead of fighting off a hangover

Make the ultimate Halloween movie bucket list.

If there’s one thing to know about me, it is that I love horror movies. Yes, I might be screaming and scared, but they are still some of my favorite movies to watch, especially during Halloween. Because there are so many movies to pick from, I suggest creating a bucket list of movies to watch during Spooky Season! If you need some suggestions, I’d check out Pinterest, Letterboxd, or TikTok

Host a Halloween movie marathon.

After creating your movie bucket list, really bring it home by having a scary movie marathon. It’s a double-win. 

Throw a BYOM: Bring your own mocktail.

I love going to parties that get everybody involved, and a great way to do this is by hosting a BYOM party! There are tons of Halloween Mocktail ideas all over social media, so get together a group of friends and create a bunch.

Create a Halloween charcuterie board.

Before I am a person, I am a charcuterie board fanatic. There is so much you can do to make a spooky charcuterie board, and there are tons of ideas all over TikTok.

Head to a haunted house.

While I love scary movies, that does not mean I like haunted houses! However, if you are brave enough for a haunted house, I’d recommend looking up ones nearby you in your city/state.

Carve some pumpkins.

Carving pumpkins was never really for me, but I do love seeing how creative other people get with it! If you are looking to showcase your creative side this spooky season, challenge yourself by doing so by carving some pumpkins.

Recreate your favorite Halloween movies on TikTok.

I absolutely love it when people recreate movie scenes on TikTok, and spooky season is the perfect time to do this.


If scary movie was created in 2022 😂 The fact that my husband was so down to recreate this scene with me is a true love language 😭—we had so much fun doing this. How did we do??? #scarymovie #comedy #2000s #scream #ghostface #horrorcomedy

♬ Creepy and simple horror background music(1070744) – howlingindicator
Dress up and take some *fire* Instagram pictures.

Even if you aren’t planning on going to any parties, it is still so fun to dress up and play a character for the night. Take some photos with your friends and get creative!

I hope these ideas helped and I hope you have an even spookier Halloween! Remember, there is still so much you can do to celebrate Halloween, and TBH, a lot of it seems more fun than standing at a crowded house party.

Eileen is a senior at Fairfield University who is studying Communications with minors in English, Professional Writing, and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies. She has a passion for magazine writing and hopes to pursue a career in the field. Eileen is the Entertainment & Culture Intern at Her Campus where she covers all things pop culture, entertainment, and internet trends. Eileen was formerly a National Writer for Her Campus from April 2023 - January 2024. Eileen is one of the Campus Correspondents (CCs) at Her Campus' Fairfield University chapter. She oversees the entire chapter and works with her other CC to curate ideas and events for HCFU. She also mentors and trains the editorial team and helps create content and boost engagement alongside the social media team. In her free time, you can find Eileen creating new Spotify playlists, getting a sweet treat with friends, or obsessing over Taylor Swift. If she isn’t doing that, you’ll likely find Eileen with her six best friends from school talking about their “Big Three”: "Normal People," their favorite "Dancing With The Stars" performances, and Greta Gerwig's "Little Women."