Happy Spooky Season East Texas friends!

Although some absolutely love scaring themselves to almost death by watching the scariest horror films available and subjecting themselves to a tour of the most shocking haunted houses, for some, that's a bit *much.*

For me, I like a good scary movie and I enjoy an element of mystery this time of year, but you're not going to catch me sitting down to a Saw marathon while eating cookies made to look like human fingers. No thanks.

Clint Patterson, Unsplash
Clint Patterson, Unsplash

If you count yourself among the group of folks who like things to feel a bit spooky but not terrifying, or if you have kids and don't want to traumatize them, there are still many ways you can enjoy the season in a bit more subdued way.

Here are a few ideas:

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Have a movie night with spooky, but not horrific, movies.

Yes, there are some out there. Some of my favorites to watch this time of year are Practical Magic, Casper, Ghostbusters, the Harry Potter movies, or even "scary movies" from decades past. Somehow watching a black and white film about a ghost is more charming than frightening to our de-sensitized modern eyes. ;)

Make fun snacks with your friends and family that don't resemble human body parts.

Hey, we decorate cookies at Christmas time, so why not during Halloween? Instead of gilding your sugar cookies into snowmen and Santas, why not create your own little cookie monsters?

I also love popping popcorn and doing different fun flavors. Create a "topping bar" and let everyone fix up their own bowl before sitting down to watch the aforementioned spooky, but not a scary movie.

Set the musical mood.

I adore listening to Danny Elfman's music this time of year. He's the guy who wrote the music for movies like Edward Scissorhands and Nightmare Before Christmas. (Also great movies to add to the movie list.) Something about his style evokes feelings of whimsical spookiness that are so much fun.

Teach your kids a "magic trick."

This could be as simple as a card trick or you could go all out and buy one of those how-to books and see what you can come up with together. If you're looking for a place near Tyler, TX to get the supplies ya need, I'd consider a trip over to Hobbytown.

Take a nature hike.

This is a delightful time of year to tromp about outside. If you're looking for some places recommended as safer areas to do so, Tyler, TX residents recently chimed in with some of their fave spots.

If it's been a while, go to a pumpkin patch and pick out a few--I like to grab mine from Lane's Chapel on Old Jacksonville Hwy in Tyler, Texas. But they are all over the place and often your purchase goes to benefit a youth group or church fund of some kind. But there are many options in East Texas--take a look.

If you'd rather not carve a foreboding glare into the face of your pumpkin, make it happier. Or if you'd rather not involve knives at all, you can also paint them.

Any other ideas you could add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!



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