Once pumpkins and skeletons start adorning front yards and windowpanes of houses, it’s the first sign that the holiday season is in full swing. Because alcohol and parties are common ways of celebrating, this time of year can be extremely challenging for people working toward, or currently in, recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction.
If you or someone you care about is coming out of sober living homes and looking to celebrate a sober Halloween this year, find out how Alina Lodge can help. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 833.685.1700 today.
The Importance of a Sober Halloween
Halloween celebrations set the table for the year-end holidays, with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and football season happening concurrently throughout all of these festive days on the calendar. Staying sober during the next few months might seem impossible, but it can be a reality when you start with a sober Halloween and have a smart plan of sober activities for you and your support network to enjoy.
Making a plan for staying on the right track during this holiday season is essential to avoiding relapse and continuing your recovery. You don’t have to drink to have a good time. There are numerous ways to enjoy a sober Halloween with supportive and understanding family, friends, and coworkers without putting your recovery at risk.
Sober Activities to Keep Halloween Spooky and Sober
Host a Sober Halloween Party
When you host your own party, you can guarantee that you will enjoy a sober Halloween this year. You will be in control in a safe environment and be able to determine the party rules, which will make it easier to stay clean on Halloween. Consider a small gathering with your most trusted friends and family members and peers from the recovery community you have met at sober living homes.
Hold a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Get creative with your friends and family during a fun pumpkin carving contest during sober Halloween this year. Holding a pumpkin carving contest is a fun way to bring people together without the need for alcohol or drugs. Purchase small, clever prizes for the best pumpkins.
Bake a Pumpkin Pie
Baking is one of the great sober activities of the season. You don’t need drugs or alcohol to enjoy the autumn holidays. In fact, a sober Halloween is easy to achieve when you have tasty, freshly baked pumpkin pie.
Watch Horror Movies
Pop some popcorn, buy a sampling of craft root beers, and watch horror movies with your friends and family. If you have a projector and a white sheet, host this movie marathon outside if the weather cooperates for a festive and fun sober Halloween party.
Go Trick-or-Treating or Give Out Candy
Watching children experience Halloween is better when you’re sober. You’ll enjoy all the costumes whether you decide to walk around and trick-or-treat yourself or stay at home and give out candy to adorable little kids in their costumes.
BYOB: Bring Your Own Beverage
If you feel comfortable going to a Halloween party, you can still make sure you celebrate sober Halloween when you bring your own beverages. Whether you like fruit-flavored sparkling water or ginger ale, have your own drinks ready so that you don’t get tempted when thirsty after gobbling up too much candy corn at the party. While most parties will have some type of alcohol-free beverages, it’s always better to be prepared.
Enjoy Sober Activities
Halloween means candy, pumpkin pie, and soon, turkey, stuffing, cookies, and more during the year-end holidays. Make sober Halloween productive and healthy by:
- Starting an exercise routine
- Making a healthy holiday meal plan
- Taking a hike
- Going birdwatching
- Pressing colorful autumn leaves
- Journaling outside
Celebrate a Sober Halloween with Support from Alina Lodge
If you’re worried about maintaining recovery, you don’t have to face the holiday season alone. Make sure you are ready to enjoy a sober Halloween and continue your long-term progress toward a lifelong recovery by contacting Alina Lodge today with our secure online form or by calling us at 833.685.1700.