“Spooky Season” Minus the Spooky: Halloween Fun for the Faint of Heart


With the last week of September and the beginning of October drawing close, many are starting to feel the autumnal mood. The question is: what exactly can we do to get into the fall spirit? The obvious answer lies in the scary aspects of fall, but if you don’t have the stomach for the terror, “never fear!” There are countless ways to enjoy the treats of Halloween without the tricks.

Scary movies are popular year round, but become a seasonal staple with the start of October. If you’re like me, and like to sleep at night, there are many other movies to get you in the Halloween mood– without the heart palpitations. Hocus Pocus is a classic Halloween movie for the family about three witches returning from the dead to be young forever… by sucking the lives out of children. Thus begins the adventure of three kids (and a cat) to evade their capture and thwart the evil plans. This movie is known to be funny and lovable, with a sweet ending to draw you back every Halloween. Halloweentown is also another 90s favorite, about three kids that discover they come from another world, where the creatures of the season live peacefully. With their witch grandmother, the trio works to stop the evil causing mysterious disappearances. Another family movie to be added to the mix, this film series is known to be light and fun. If you’re looking for something a little spooky, but still retaining the fun mood, try The House With a Clock in its Walls, where a young boy moves in with his uncle, only to find his new home is more mystical than he thought– with an even more mysterious owner.

If you’re a seasonal reader who wants to get into the spooky mood, there are countless books retaining that spooky feel, without the lasting paranoia. To start off your list, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is about a trans Latino boy, who also happens to be a witch. When a plan to prove himself backfires, Yadriel accidentally summons a strange ghost– Julian, the troublemaker of his school. In this quick read, the pair investigate the death of Julian before discovering a darker plot– and a sweeter relationship– than either expected.

Want to get out of the house? Linvilla Orchards is a great place for kids, but also has amazing apple cider, big bonfires, apple picking, and hayrides for all ages. Dalton Farms is another nearby destination who are displaying their annual sunflower festival– a great place for fall pictures and a way to hang out with friends. Though its a bit of a drive, Cherry Crest Farms is a good place for your family to visit in Lancaster– mostly aimed for young kids, teenagers and adults can still find enjoyment in the extensive corn maze, while shoving kettle corn in their faces.

Enjoy the season, get into the Halloween spirit, and make some memories with those you love this October! When the last day of the month finally rolls around, you will be ready for all of the fun in store– enjoy these coming weeks, and make the most of the lives we have finally gotten back. But don’t look under your bed!