6 Spook-tacular Ways to Practice Self-Care During the Halloween Season

Posted by Kara Crail

6 Spook-tacular Ways to Practice Self-Care During the Halloween Season

The allure of Halloween isn't just in the candy and costumes—it's in the magic, the mystery, and the chance to express oneself in myriad ways. And what better season to prioritize self-care than during the enchanted month of October? As we embrace the spooky and the supernatural, it's also time to revel in personal treats that revitalize our spirit and spark our imagination. Here are six enthralling self-care ideas to make your Halloween season truly bewitching.

1. Easy Halloween Nail Art 

Black and white cloud nail art for halloween

Nail art is a canvas of creativity and a form of self-expression. Halloween, with its vast array of symbols and themes, provides an exceptional opportunity to get imaginative with your nail designs. Whether you’re channeling a classic witchy look or leaning towards the cute and quirky with black cats and pumpkins, the options are limitless. Check out our huge Halloween shop! We’ve got something for every Halloween vibe. Embracing this festive nail art isn't just a nod to the season; it's a chance to unwind, focus on detailed artistry, and express your unique style. Gather your tools, select your favorite designs, and let the magic begin! Need some Halloween nail ideas? Check out our blog featuring 12 Halloween Nail Designs That You Can Do at Home.

2. DIY Pumpkin Hand Mask

Pumpkin pulp and seeds being scooped from a pumpkin. Save this for a nourishing hand mask

Pumpkins aren't just for carving and baking pies; they’re packed with vitamins that can rejuvenate and nourish your skin. Especially during the colder months, our hands can become dry and chapped. What better remedy than a homemade pumpkin hand mask? After carving your pumpkin and scraping out its guts, save the pulp for this skin-nourishing treat! Not carving a pumpkin this year? Use a can of pumpkin puree.

Nourishing Pumpkin Spice Hand Mask

Combine 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree or pulp, 1 tablespoon of honey, a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, and a splash of milk in a bowl. Mix well until smooth, then apply mixture to your hands. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then rinse. 

Not only will this leave your hands feeling soft and moisturized, but you'll also enjoy the delightful fall scent lingering on your skin.

3. Indulge with some Halloween Spirits

Hot apple ciders with rum make a wonderful, indulgent fall treat for your self-care night at home.

Whether you're gathered around a crackling bonfire, hosting a Halloween soiree, or simply curled up under a blanket with a good book, this hot apple cider recipe is your passport to autumnal bliss. With just the right balance of sweetness and spice, it's a nostalgic sip that evokes memories of orchard visits and sweater weather. Plus, with an optional kick of rum or bourbon, it can also be the star of your adult gatherings. So, let's embrace the season, one comforting mug at a time!

“Warm Spirited” Apple Cider Recipe

  • 6 cups of apple cider (store-bought or freshly pressed)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-3 whole cloves
  • 2-3 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • Optional: 1/2 cup dark rum or bourbon for an adult version
    1. Combine Ingredients: In a large pot, combine apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange and lemon slices, brown sugar, and nutmeg.
    2. Simmer: Heat the mixture over medium heat until it starts to steam. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes. The longer you let it simmer, the more infused the flavors will become.
    3. Optional Alcohol Addition: If you're making an adult version, remove the pot from heat and stir in the rum or bourbon.
    4. Strain & Serve: Strain the hot cider to remove the spices and fruit slices. Pour into mugs.
    5. Garnish: You can garnish with an additional cinnamon stick or an orange slice if desired.
    6. Enjoy: Sip and savor the warm, spiced flavors!

4. DIY Halloween Crafts with Nail Stamping Plates

Create a fall themed bookmark with nail stamping to go with your spooky horror reading sessions.

The act of creating something with your hands is therapeutic. Crafting for Halloween is not just about decorations; it's a journey into the world of imagination, self-expression, creativity, and innovation. Harness the intricate designs and vibrant colors of your nail art stash to create some unique Halloween decor. Maybe try some DIY Halloween bookmarks:

DIY Bookmarks with Stamping Plates:

Materials Needed: 
  • Blank Bookmarks (Cardstock Or Thin Plastic)
  • Nail Stamping Polish
  • Halloween Nail Stamping Plates
  • Clear Top Coat or Mod Podge
  • Ribbon Or Tassel
  • Optional: Nail Stickers
  1. Start by choosing a spooky or festive design from your nail stamping plates.
  2. Stamp and decorate your bookmark to your heart’s content.
  3. Allow to dry completely.
  4. To protect and enhance the design, apply a clear top coat or a thin layer of Mod Podge over it.
  5. Once dried, punch a hole at the top, and attach a ribbon or tassel for added flair.

These DIY bookmarks can be a delightful blend of functionality and festivity, perfect for Halloween book lovers. They can also serve as thoughtful handmade gifts or party favors for Halloween gatherings.

5. Halloween Movie Night-In

Have a spooky halloween movie marathon for your fall self-care night.

There's a distinct joy in sinking into your couch, wrapped in a blanket, with a line-up of your favorite Halloween movies waiting. Whether it's the nostalgic charm of childhood classics or the adrenaline rush of horror movies, each film offers an escape from the ho-hum. Prepare your favorite fall snacks, themed around Halloween. Think caramel popcorn, pumpkin spice lattes, and a mixed bag of fun-sized candies. Dim the lights, create a cozy nest with pillows and blankets, and let the cinematic journey transport you to enchanted lands, haunted houses, and mystical adventures. Need help choosing a movie? Take our quiz to find out which spooky movie you should watch based on your Halloween nail art! Check it out and tell us your results!

6. Full Moon Ritual and Journal Reflection

Reflect and meditate on the next October 29 full moon.

October’s full moon peaks on October 28 and is known as the Hunter’s Moon. This full moon represents the hunters’ preparation for the upcoming winter. As the air begins to crisp and the sun sets early, you’ll be given a perfect backdrop for introspection. The season encourages us to look inward, to reflect on the past months and plan for the ones ahead. Begin your evening with a nutritious meal to strengthen and nourish your body. Then, grab a journal, find a quiet corner, maybe even light a candle, and start penning down your thoughts. Write about the moments that made you smile this month, the challenges you overcame, and the dreams you aspire to achieve until the next full moon. Express gratitude, sip some tea, and do mindfulness meditation under the moon glow. The act of transferring thoughts to paper can be cathartic, providing clarity and peace as you greet the beautiful autumn moon.

Take these self-care ideas and integrate them into your Halloween festivities. As you do, you'll discover that the season is not just about external celebrations but also about cherishing and nurturing the soul within. Which of these self-care activities will you be practicing this Halloween season? Do you have other Halloween activities that you’d love to share? Tell us in the comment section below!

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