It’s about to be Halloween again! Halloween has become a popular drinking occasion, but it doesn’t have to be one. If you’re one of those people who just loves the Halloween season, there’s a lot you can to do celebrate it without the “boos.”
Take Family Members Trick-or-Treating
Don’t have kids of your own? Consider taking younger family members, such as nieces and nephews, out trick-or-treating. That’s a great way to keep your mind off the liquor, because you’ll be out and being a role model. Remember: enjoying family events is exactly why you’re remaining sober.
Throw a Halloween Party
Consider throwing your own Halloween party, without the libations. A great Halloween party doesn’t have to have alcohol to be effective. Instead, it can have fun events, great catering, and scary movies. My 12 Step Store opens its doors as a sober safe zone party as it is located in the middle of the West Hollywood’s annual carnival. Listed as the largest in the world and attracting over 500,000 showing off the latest of Halloween and Pop culture.
Volunteer for a Halloween Event
Haunted houses always need volunteers to act out scary things. Consider joining a haunted house troop and spending your time scaring people to fright (and delight). This is a great way to meet people, interact with other people, and keep yourself busy. If you aren’t a theatrical type, you can instead volunteer at the ticket booth.
Host a Dinner Party
A dinner party is a good way to showcase your cooking and baking skills. Invite some of your closest friends to celebrate with you and have a nice night inside. Hosting regular dinner parties can be a great way to connect with your friends and family, in an environment that you can control. Just make sure you mention you aren’t drinking!
Go to a Play or Movie Event
There are many Halloween-themed plays and movie events that you can attend that will be liquor free. Take some time to look up your local events and invite someone close to you who is supportive of your recovery. This can be a great opportunity to see a local play that you’ve been dying to see.
If you feel like you are having an issue with your sober living during Halloween, don’t despair. It’s common for holidays to be triggers, because you’re used to drinking during them. Think about contacting your sponsor or going to an AA meeting. And in the meantime, check out some of the blog posts on My 12 Step Store.