Fall is the season of cool brisk weather, colorful leaves, comfort foods, and feelings of change and new beginnings. There’s just something fresh about those sudden temperature drops and the way the landscape around you so quickly turns into a beautiful palette of reds, yellows, and oranges. Another great thing about fall is Halloween, and all the spooky fun that comes along with it. Although it’s not one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, in my opinion, it’s one of the best. Below are a few of my favorite Halloween activities to do, as a stoner… check them out and have a fun fall season!
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Visit something haunted
Halloween is all about scary fun, so what better way to accomplish that then by getting stoned and going somewhere haunted. Now “haunted” can mean a couple of different things in this context. One, you could check out a fake haunted house, maze, hotel or similar. These attractions rely on special effects and jump-scare tactics to freak people out. But just because they’re not real, doesn’t mean they’re not scary. Some are so intense that you have to sign a waivers and release forms before participating, like at Mckamey Manor in San Diego, California.
Or two, if you’re looking for something more realistic, you could go somewhere that’s known to actually be haunted. Graveyards and old burial grounds top the list of easy to find, possibly haunted locations, but most cities have some older, historical buildings with a creepy story too. Some will be set up for tourism, like the Whaley House (also in San Diego), and others are just local landmarks like a haunted bridge in Avon, Indiana, that many Hoosiers know about.
Horror movie marathon
One of the best things about October is the flood of horror movies that become available – new releases, old classics, or, best yet, franchises like Texas Chainsaw Massacre (there’s a total of 10 movies here both old and new, and if you watch them in the correct chronological order – not by order of release date – each one begins exactly where the previous one ended making it like one super long movie), Friday the 13th and Halloween (both of which of 12 films), The Conjuring (or Conjuring Universe, up to 8 movies now with more on the way) and so on.
Whether you have streaming services or cable TV, you’re sure to find a decent scary movie marathon somewhere. Grab your weed, get your snacks ready, jump into some comfy clothes and you’re ready to spend your Halloween being both scared, but totally chill and secure in the comfort of your own home.
Get lost in a corn maze
In many places around the United States (such as the Midwest), exploring corn mazes and pumpkin patches and going on hayrides are quintessential fall pastimes. All these activities can be either fun and festive – if you go a nice fall-themed one during the day or early evening, or it could the vibes could be creepier if you go to a “haunted” one that’s set up at nighttime. Either way, getting stoned beforehand or bringing some edibles or a vape pen for discreet medicating during, is an absolute must.
Light a bonfire
Another staple on the list of fall favorites. I mean really, what’s better than bundling up in your favorite sweater and boots on a nice, crisp night and hanging out around a bright, beautiful, crackling fire. They’re perfect for telling scary stories, making smores, having a couple drinks, and joking around with friends… but regardless of what you plan on doing, make sure you’re passing a joint or blunt around while you do it.
You may have to check your local ordinance on bonfires. For example, in California, there were quite a few restrictions for lighting fires on private property – and with the weather out there, rightfully so. But in more humid states throughout the South and Midwest, there are little to no bonfire restrictions, so you’re free to gather up all the loose brush and branches from your yard, grab any paper trash like those big cardboard boxes you’ve been needing to get rid of, and toss them all in the fire.
Play around with stoner-themed costumes
Cannabis has become seriously mainstream over the last decade. And as much as some of the old-school stoners may cringe at current trends, one of the positives about pot being popular, is apparel! Not only can you find some great cannabis-inspired everyday clothing items these days, but you can even find some really fun stoner Halloween costumes… so you don’t have to make your own anymore!
If you want to be super literal about it, you could simply dress up as a giant pot leaf, joint, or bag of nugs. If you’re doing a couple’s thing, opt for a famous stoner duo like Cheech and Chong, Rick and Morty (not really a stoner pair per se, but a stoner show for sure), Abbi and Ilana, or Jay and Silent Bob. The possibilities are really endless here, as there is no short supply of famous potheads to choose from.
Carve a pumpkin bong
Aside from being super fun and relatively easy to do, it’s also very instagrammable once it’s finished and you have a nice downstem and bowl sticking out of the pumpkin. All you need is a handful of items, seven simple steps, and you can have one of your own to pass around at the next Halloween gathering.
What you need:
- A small to medium-sized pumpkin
- Glass downstem
- Bowl piece
Step 1: Pick your pumpkin, make sure it’s not too round or too large so you can have room for the downstem and mouthpiece, but still be able to hold and maneuver it comfortably.
Step 2: Mark your pumpkin with the sharpie. Make note of where to cut the top (so you can hollow it out and still keep the top portion intact), and where to will put the downstem and mouthpiece.
Step 3: Use a sharp blade to cut open the top of the pumpkin. It’s best to cut ina circular pattern to minimize the surface area of the cut and reduce air intake in the pumpkin.
Step 4: Clean out the pumpkin. Use the spoon to scoop out all the guts and seeds. Once you’re done, flush the inside of the pumpkin out with some water and wipe it down to make sure it’s as clean and smooth as possible.
Step 5: Carve out a hole for the downstem. To this is, it’s very important that you cut the lower portion of the hole at a 45 degree angle point down, to keep the downstem properly positioned and prevent splashback and issues taking hits. Place the downstem in the hole, and the bowl piece into the downstem.
Step 6: Like the previous step, carefully carve out a small hole for the mouthpiece and stick it in there.
Step 7. Add some water, and toke away!
Bake some Halloween treats
Not everyone enjoys baking, but almost everyone enjoys eating. And stoners most definitely like to eat. If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, you could have a lot of fun getting high and baking some Halloween-themed cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and other treats. If you’re not trying to do all that, but still want a fun, unique snack, go for an easier option like Halloween chex mix muddy buddies, which require few ingredients and not a lot of steps or effort.
Whether you like to go out and get scared, stay in and get scared, or not get scared at all and just have some weed-induced, Halloween-themed fun, surely there’s something on this list that speaks to you. And we love suggestions from our readers, so if you have any other fun ideas we may have missed, drop us a line in the comment section below!
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