Five Tips for a Fun, Sober Halloween!
Spooky season is finally here! Carved pumpkins, spiderwebs made of stretched cotton, and sweet treats abound during this time of year. The children are excited to dress as their favorite characters and collect candy from neighbors, while the adults love an excuse to let loose and have a good time. For some, Halloween is synonymous with costumed bar crawls and drunken bad choices made at house parties. However, for people in recovery, Halloween festivities can trigger urges to return to old, toxic habits. When drug or alcohol abuse is closely tied to celebrations and having fun, it can be hard to know how to navigate holidays.
Sunrise Sober Living wants you to have fun without risking your recovery. As a premiere sober home in Coral Springs, we are dedicated to helping you lead a healthy, sober life. Here are our five tips for a fun, sober Halloween.
Movie Night with Friends and Family
Halloween is the perfect time for getting together with the people you love for a movie night. Horror movies are meant to be enjoyed together, whether it’s a paranormal thriller or an old-fashion hack and slash. Make it a movie marathon night with all your favorites, or go out to the theater to check out something new.
Trick or Treat!
If you have young kids in your family or children of your own, volunteering to tag along for trick or treating is a great way to stay committed to your sobriety. Being a chaperone on Halloween you get in the spirit of the season and have fun risk of relapse. Getting to re-experience the childhood glee of gathering treats is a much better alternative to getting blackout drunk and ruining your closest relationships. Plus, you’re the adult now. That means you get to take full advantage of the Candy Tax.
Volunteer at the Animal Shelter
This is a great way to spend your free time any day, but Halloween is a special opportunity for volunteering at animal shelters. Giving your local stray pets the love and attention they need is a fulfilling way to give back to the community. Whether you volunteer for walks, bath time, cleaning, or just to spend some time with the animals, Halloween at an animal shelter is all treats, no tricks.
Take on an Escape Room or Haunted House
If you’re looking for a more thrilling way to embrace sober living in Coral Springs this Halloween, haunted houses and escape rooms are the way to go. A haunted house is a Halloween classic, but modern approaches kick things up a notch. If you are a true daredevil, a Hell house offers a truly interactive horror experience.
For less fear-based intensity and more of an intellectual challenge, consider getting a group together for the challenge of an escape room. Race against the clock to solve puzzles to hunt down serial killers, survive the zombie apocalypse, or escape an evil witch’s lair. South Florida has dozens of options to choose from.
Self-care is a necessity, so taking the time to connect with yourself and tend to your needs this Halloween is a great way to spend the day. Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to. If you just want a quiet night in with your favorite book or movie, that’s perfectly fine. So long as you keep sober living in Coral Springs as your top priority, there’s no wrong way to do Halloween.