Halloween has always been an especially fun holiday for those across the world who indulge in it. That zeal has only grown in recent years with the rise of Instagram, Pinterest, and other forms of personal social media sharing. What was once a fun ritual for families to live out in their respective neighborhoods has, like so many other things, turned into something much bigger. An event to be documented, filmed, shared, and even promoted. There are epic halloween bashes for cool city families. Festive decorations of epic proportions, from spiderwebs to skeletons, and adorable costumes to be uploaded and shared to all for comments and likes. But beyond all that adorableness is a whole other faction of New Yorkers that while fully grown, and matured, are without children either by choice, or for some reason or other. To those people, (or some case, in-betweeners as I like to call myself) Halloween is a whole different world. One where you can indulge in grown up halloween ideas that might otherwise frighten a small child, like the makeup tutorial featured below.
Maybe it’s a horror movie film festival or wearing a not appealing to everyone ring that likely wouldn’t fly if a wee one was holding onto it. These things are not adorable, kid-friendly, or likely to be shared by family and friends on shared media channels. But it certainly doesn’t make them any less appealing. There’s no denying that my feed, which will undoubtedly be filled with adorable costumes will be heart melting and ovary warming. And when my doorbell starts ringing, I’ll be eagerly awaiting, like I always am on those occasions when I get to pass out candy. But when the ten below grown up halloween ideas still seem more exciting, you know you’re still, for the time being, on the other side of the equation.
1. Try some scary makeup like this:
2. Rock this nail art. Don’t stop yourself from shedding your kid friendly manicures for something a little more…. freaky. This halloween, indulge in some more grownup halloween ideas and rock a slightly more out there manicure for the holiday.
3. Wear this off-putting but cool bloody axe ring.
4. Or this spooky Halloween charm bracelet. (Okay, this one doesn’t really count but we’ll let it slide)
5. Explore mysterious locations. Believe it or not, in a world so exposed in every way, there are still lots of unknowns there. Explore some of the more hidden parts of the city on Halloween and tap into the mysteries you wouldn’t normally care about.
6. Experiment with a Pineapple Jack o Lantern.
7. Take candy corn jello shots. Grown up tested, grown up approved. Inspiration at Delish.com
8. Binge watch scary movies at Fear NYC. The seven day horror film festival is a horror lovers dream, and even if you only go to one movie, it’s still a fun New York Halloween event. I actually did witness a dad and his son coming out of the screening for Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Upon leaving the kid was asked, “So, whadya think? was it scary??” asked the excited grownup, to which the tween boy shrugged and confusedly said no, not really. While I partly understood, observing this made me feel like Will Smith and Dj Jazzy Jeff but in reverse. Kids just don’t understand.
9. Spend Halloween night in Transylvania. Airbnb is offering a one of a kind weekend to stay at Count Dracula’s castle on Halloween.
10. Make a Halloween Keg. If you find yourself child free on Halloween, why shouldn’t your night include a homemade pumpkin keg?? Find out how to make one on Nailed It.