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Crafting and Costumes: Enjoying a Sober Halloween in 2023

by Will Long

October 16, 2023
Having a fun Halloween doesn't have to mean binge drinking or substance use–why not have a sober costume party or participate in seasonal crafting instead?

Halloween is a season ripe for creative expression. While parties and social gatherings often take center stage, you can immerse yourself in the spirit of Halloween through crafting and costume creation—no substances required. Embracing a sober approach to the season doesn’t mean sacrificing fun or imagination. In fact, it can open up new avenues for enjoying Halloween that are both fulfilling and aligned with your journey of recovery. Why not host a costume party with a few mocktails while you’re at it?

Costume Crafting: Be Your Own Designer

For many, Halloween is all about the costume. Instead of purchasing a pre-made ensemble, seize the opportunity to create your own unique look. Gather materials like fabric, thread, or glue to let your imagination take flight. Whether you’re going for scary, funny, or just downright creative, crafting your own costume can be a deeply rewarding experience.

Tips for Costume Crafting

  1. Plan Ahead: Sketch out your design or look for inspiration online before you start. Ask your support group or friends for some Halloween costume ideas!
  2. Recycle and Repurpose: Old clothes, cardboard, and even household items can be transformed into costume elements. Thrift shopping is a great option to repurpose old outfits.
  3. Safety First: Use non-toxic materials and make sure your costume doesn’t restrict movement or vision. Make it comfortable!
Hanging out in the park with friends on halloween night

Hanging out in the park with friends on halloween night

Get Crafty: Halloween Decorations and More

Why stop at costumes? Extend your creativity to home décor and other Halloween-themed crafts. Whether it’s hand-painted signs, DIY lanterns, or homemade creepy crawlies, your crafting options are limitless.

Crafting Ideas

  1. Papier-Mâché Pumpkins: Create durable, reusable pumpkins using newspaper and glue–these pumpkins won’t rot, either!
  2. Spooky Wall Art: Use stencils and paint to create haunting images on canvas or wood. Perhaps you could even make fun, fake tombstones for the front yard or balcony.
  3. Handmade Masks: Design and craft your own masks using felt, feathers, and beads.
Trick or treating on halloween among friends

Trick or treating on halloween among friends

Crafting as a Group Activity

Involve friends and family in your crafting pursuits. Hosting a crafting get-together is a great way to engage with loved ones while keeping the focus on creativity and away from substances. Not only will you end up with fantastic crafts and costumes, but you’ll also make memories that last a lifetime.

Crafting for Wellness

The process of creating can be therapeutic, offering a unique form of self-expression and stress relief. It also serves as a helpful distraction, steering attention away from triggers or cravings. For those in recovery, crafting can serve as a tangible way to celebrate milestones and reinforce the positive steps taken toward wellness.

Craft Your Way to a Meaningful Halloween

A sober Halloween doesn’t have to be dull. Through crafting and costume creation, you can experience the joy and excitement of the season in a way that supports your journey to wellness. Plus, you’ll end up with something tangible—a work of art, a unique costume—that serves as a lasting reminder of your creativity and resilience.

If you find yourself in need of additional support this Halloween season, or at any other time, Landmark Recovery is here to help. With comprehensive treatment programs designed to suit your individual needs, we can provide the resources you need to continue on your path to recovery.

costume crafting and hanging out with friends

Costume crafting and hanging out with friends

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.