I just wanted to talk about how I celebrate Halloween quietly. Because of misophonia and sensory fatigue, I’m not likely to go out to a party or take part in haunted houses. Though, these are totally awesome if you’re able to do it. For me, I’ve had to give up a lot of things since misophonia has gotten worse. I want to talk about some of the ways I plan on enjoying Halloween without the sounds!
Pumpkin Carving – You can do this without other people around. Music, a movie, and have a ball. You could even do it with a friend that doesn’t trigger you. This year, my mom and I will be carving pumpkins. I’m excited! A few years ago, when I was still in residence at University – my friend and I actually carved 3 pumpkins (the best part, our house paid for them).
Halloween Movies – Sometimes there are triggers in movies, but the trust fast-forward and mute buttons are a lifesaver. Whether your flavour is horror or children and family, there’s something for everything. The following are my must see. I actually watched Practical Magic for the first time this year and fell in love. I can’t believe I had never seen it!
- Halloweentown Series: all 4, even the last one which isn’t that good, but I watch it because it’s the series finale and I happen to like Sara Paxton despite this particular replacement).
- Tower of Terror: I’m not sure how popular this movie is, but I fell in love with it on The Family Channel, and I still love it to this day.
- Practical Magic: Because it’s awesome.
- Hocus Pocus: I still remember the first time I watched this movie. I remember singing the songs with my now passed on cousin, this movie means a lot to me. For a lot of reasons. The main one? It’s perfect.
Fall Baking – I made fall cookies, a few pumpkin pies (with leaves around the edge), and might make an apple crisp. Baking is a solitary affair, and I can do it in the depths of night without anybody bothering me. Paired with some music or a halloween movie, it’s fantastic.
Fall Drinks – I made an amazing Pumpkin Spice latte syrup that I’m basically obsessed with. I add it to my coffee with a little bit of coffee cream and whipped cream. If you’re worried about the sugar, most natural whipped creams have only 1g per 4 tbsp. With the syrup this equaled about 7g per cup (so don’t overdo). Coca Cola has 10.6g per 100ml. The drink it’s healthy, but it’s definitely a great treat.
Halloween Crafts/Your Own Decor – Got some time? Energy? While I’m often tired, I’ve been sneaking in a craft here or there when I’m energetic. I made a poster board with
past halloween costumes just because I could. You could make some cute “witches brew” in jars. Anything like that.
Fall Walk/Something in Nature – Not only is walking an awesome sensory activity, it’s very relaxing, and the higher you are in the northern hemisphere, the leaves are amazing. But, I’m going to level with you. I hate walks. I mean, I really really hate walks. I don’t like walking for ‘pleasure’ and I’m not going to stroll around for the hell of it. For me, my nature pleasure comes from canoeing. I know this isn’t possible for everybody – but find your own way to enjoy nature. The fresh air is worth it.
Making Treat Bags – I’m going to be making cute little treat bags this year. A lot of the people in the area just get a bag of chips and a candy-bar and call it a “day”. We don’t get a lot of kids, because it’s a rural area – and I think cute treatbags are going to be fun!
Candy Apples – know what you’re going to say, “Candy apples? All of that chewing? No thanks!” I hear you. That’s why when I do them I’m going to be handing them out to my relatives – as they leave. Good-bye, Candy apple. So, why am I even bothering? They’re fun, they’re festive, and I can hand them off and not deal with the sounds. Plus, they’re a cute gift for people.
Decorating – While I don’t have a super lot of energy, I have been doing a tiny bit of decorating here and there. It’s not a lot, but it makes me happy. You don’t have to over-do it. You can find decorations at dollar stores and just have a fun time with it.
I hope you have a lovely and quiet Halloween!