With Halloween just around the corner, millions of Americans across the country are finalizing their holiday plans. From planning trick or treating routes with the kids to party destinations for the adults, Halloween is the kick off to the holiday season. Yet for many people in recovery, this time of year is difficult to navigate. Celebrating with friends and family shouldn’t put your sobriety at risk. Broward Recovery, a leading provider of addiction treatment in Broward County, is here to help with these five tips for throwing a sober Halloween party.
Non-Alcoholic Drink Options
The most obvious factor for a recovery-friendly Halloween party is to remove triggering factors like drug or alcohol use. Thankfully, the Fall holidays offer tons of fun, non-alcoholic drink options. Test out some Halloween themed recipes that draw on the flavors of the holiday. Candied apples, candy corn, and chocolate-flavored drinks are always crowd pleasers.
Need some inspiration? Check out this Bustle article including 16 great recipes.
Create the Perfect Playlist
What kind of party are you looking to have? The right soundtrack can help create the mood and atmosphere you’re looking for. Choose from classic Halloween tracks like Thriller or more modern party hits to give your guests a good beat to dance to.
Spotify is a great option if you don’t have time to curate a playlist yourself. It allows you to switch between playlists easily or find specific songs.
Horror Movie Marathon
Halloween is the perfect time for a movie marathon! Get together with your horror loving friends and family and watch all the classics. Or browse some the lesser known horror movies available on Shutter or Netflix.
If you’re not into the spooky side of things, Halloween is a great time to marathon other movie favorites, too. Why not get your friends in on the fun and have them suggest their own movie favorites?
Sweets and Baked Treats
Addiction treatment in Broward County opens the door to exploring all sorts of new hobbies and passions. If you discover a love for baking or cooking in your recovery, why not use this opportunity to show it off? There’s thousands of great tutorials for making Halloween-themed treats that frighten and delight. Plus, if you have small children around, it’s a fun activity where they can participate, too!
Whether you are skilled in the kitchen or completely new, Youtube is a great place to start. Check out Tasty or Bon Apetit for great options!
Plan Some Social Games!
Addiction recovery is all about connection and community. Breaking the ice with some fun social games that promote conversation is great for any party situation. Go back to the classics like Never Have I Ever or splurge for the Cards Against Humanity basic card pack for some spicy fun. Or, take advantage of technology with Jackbox. Jackbox.tv is an online party game system that allows your guests to play using just their smart phones. Only one person needs to own the game for everyone to play, and it’s a great investment for future parties and gatherings.
Broward Recovery wishes you a Happy Halloween and a happy, healthy holiday season. If you or someone you know are struggling with substance abuse and need help, we are here for you. Contact us now for more information.