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An Introvert’s Guide to Halloween

By Anna Valdez
Blog Content Contributor

By definition, an introvert is someone who is shy, reticent and often enjoys spending time alone. With Halloween celebrations occurring all month long, it can feel a little daunting to step out of one’s comfort zone and join in on the fun. And there’s no shame in that!  Here’s a list of Halloween activities for any introvert to enjoy, along with a short list of festivities to spice things up this season!

Have a horror movie night.

Gather up your favorite horror movies and a bowl of popcorn for a night in with a good horror movie marathon! Not sure what to watch? Rotten Tomatoes offers a list of 150 best horror movies of all time, with some you probably have never heard of or seen.

Carve a pumpkin.

Carving pumpkins is a great way to wind down after a long day. You can find pumpkin carving kits just about anywhere and for a relatively inexpensive price. Turn on some Halloween tunes and fall-inspired candles and get creative!

Go out for coffee.

If you’re a coffee person, you understand the greatness that is coffee shops. With dim lighting, soothing music and a warm cup of jo, you’re guaranteed to have a relaxing time away from the rain and cold weather. Plus coffee shops tend to be on the more quiet side if it’s not too busy, so you don’t have to worry about interacting with people if you want to just chill. For an added bonus, bring a good book along or play some board games with your friends!

Check out Halloween decorations.

Stores like Target, Marshalls and Spirit Halloween are notorious for having a great selection of Halloween decorations and trinkets. If you’re someone who enjoys retail therapy, then taking a stroll through the aisles may be the perfect activity for you.

Listen to a spooky podcast.

If you’re into the paranormal and other creepy topics, you should definitely check out a podcast that centers around those themes. A simple search on Spotify for all things paranormal and mysterious will bring up a list of podcasts that you can choose from. You never know what you might learn!

Attend a local show.

San Marcos has an incredible music scene with even greater talent. There is always something going on within the local music community. Also, local shows can be just as fun as seeing your favorite music artist live. You can find out what events are happening in San Marcos, Texas, by checking out KTSW’s Instagram or a venue’s website like Buzz Mill and Tantra Coffee House. And who knows? You may just find your next favorite artist.

Fright Fest at Fiesta Texas.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then you need to take a trip to an amusement park this month. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is hosting their annual Fright Fest and will be taking place from now until Oct. 31. With zombies and other terrifying creatures lurking throughout the park, there is enough excitement to go around to make for a thrilling evening. For more information about Six Flags Fright Fest, visit their website.

Dress up and attend a Halloween party.

While this one may sound a little unnerving for the regular introvert, think about changing things up this month. Instead of thinking about why you shouldn’t go out on the best night of the year (at least in my opinion), think about the memories you could make with your friends or even with the new ones you make. Dressing up is a lot of fun also! Encourage yourself to do something daring this month, something a little out of your comfort zone.

However you decide to celebrate Halloween, remember to be safe and have a spook-tacular time!

Featured Illustration by Anna Valdez.

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