We’re on the cusp of a great American holiday, Halloween, and most people think of it as a day for children, with bags of candy, weeks spent choosing the perfect costume, and a sense of anticipation on par with Christmas Eve. Judging from what I witness at the mall and in my neighborhood each year, this is also a favorite holiday for parents. Many moms and dads love to help the kiddos get dressed up and some couples draw straws to see who gets to go trick or treating and who has to stay home to pass out candy. But, even if you don’t have kids, it’s still a wonderful day to get into the action. Read on to see how childfree adults can make the most of Halloween.

1. Stay at home with your sweetheart, get dressed up, and enjoy frightening the neighborhood children while you pass out candy to them. Nothing brings out our inner child as quickly as dressing up for Halloween. I recall a night several years ago when my husband and I recreated ourselves as monster bride and groom. It was a bonding experience for us and an evening I’ll not soon forget. Being in costume with your sweetie creates a fun venue for laughter during an otherwise mundane time of the year. Plus, an added bonus of staying at home on Halloween night is the great excuse it gives you to go out shopping for candy—and eat the leftovers.

2. Get dressed up and go out to a party. Or, if you’re in the mood to entertain, host one for your friends. There are all kinds of Halloween treats that you might serve such as Martha Stewart’s caramel apples and Rice Krispy bars. It’s so easy for us to get into our ruts, to forget to be childlike in our daily lives. Halloween is a day that reminds us to be kids again. In the new movie, The Skeleton Twins, the characters put on their garb and let their inner children cut loose on Halloween evening. Invite your friends over for a Halloween party, and you’ll get to see their silly sides as well.

3. Take a child out trick-or-treating. Despite the great number of parents who flip a coin to see who gets to go trick or treating, there are a lot of kids today who don’t have an adult willing to take them out for Halloween. You might offer a friend or relative some help with shopping for a costume, getting dressed for the evening, or hitting the streets for candy.

When was the last time you celebrated Halloween? Don’t let being childfree keep you from making the most of this spooky day! 

Photo courtesy Flickr user Pedro Ferreira (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0)

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