Celebrate Halloween with the simple joy of missing out.

Halloween can be a wonderful time to celebrate creativity in expression, imagination and disappearing into fantasy for a night. However, the horror and extroverted energy associated with Halloween can be a little too much for some people. Halloween is simply not for everyone.

When I start to see lawns covered in skeletons, scary ghoul masks sold at the local Walgreens and billboards advertising haunted houses, I want to run and hide in my house until Christmas. I wasn't always like this though, Halloween was great when I was young! I got to wear my princess outfit and get candy, that was what I knew Halloween to be. Then all of a sudden I was a young adult and felt pressured to make that princess outfit into a less modest version and everywhere I looked there was scary, unsettling darkness.

As I get older, I find that I am becoming more comfortable with admitting that this holiday isn’t quite for me and I am practicing JOMO (joy of missing out) when considering opting out from some of the activities that are involved in Halloween.

Think of this guide as your ticket to be okay with celebrating Halloween in a way that makes YOU feel good.

Be sustainable & minimalist with your costume

Maybe you find an event that isn’t about being scary and is just, fun like this Willy Wonka costume ball. However, you can still be overwhelmed with spending money on a costume and feeling shy about being over-the-top. We are huge fans of using what you have in your closet to make an awesome costume! As a reference, look to old movies to find a character wearing something that you might already own in your closet. Not only is this sustainable, but you are still allowing yourself to enjoy the creative expression of costuming.

Have a Movie night Instead

I’ve done it before and I will do it again—a movie marathon while the chaos ensues outside of my house. First, turn off your phone, fill a bowl with some candy (just in case the doorbell rings) and get comfy! This movie marathon doesn’t need to be a scary one either. If you do want to make it Halloween-themed, watch the classics like Hocus Pocus or the black and white Frankenstein from 1931 or you could even just watch a documentary about Halloween, why not! Maybe you decide you don't even want anything to do with the holiday altogether and you watch re-runs of Friends with some wine and popcorn! You do you, boo.

Host a pumpkin carving party

Not only are you getting to be creative but you also have control over how much of the holiday you are involved in by carving fall’s favorite gourd. You can call upon your closest friends to enjoy doing something intimate and fun together! While carving, you can listen to Halloween music and maybe make a holiday cocktail—or just stick to your favorite wine. Again, this holiday is about you doing you! For an added bonus: you can cook all the pumpkin seeds after and enjoy snacking.

Last but not least: get out of town

Just leave. Escape the madness and don't turn back. I’ve done this for a couple Halloweens and it was the best. I didn't experience any FOMO because I was on my own adventure doing things I love, like being in nature. It's truly okay to just opt out of the holiday altogether and use it as an excuse to do some exploring. One year, my husband and I drove a couple hours into the mountains and camped near an adorable town. We were close enough to walk into the town and enjoy wineries and boutique shopped, it was one of the best Halloweens ever!

All that said, with any holiday, enjoy the traditions or have fun creating your own. Allow yourself to enjoy it in whatever way feels right for you!


Courtney Jay Higgins is the Content Strategist at The Good Trade. She is also a Yoga Instructor, vegetarian, wellness and fashion enthusiast. Originally from Colorado, her soul found California when she came to get her degree in Visual Communications at the Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising. She has a background in telling a story through writing, creative direction and content creation. Her online blog hosts her unique perspective on the mergence of fashion and spirituality.