October 1st hits and suddenly everyone is shouting, “It’s Spooky Season!” Seemingly overnight, every house is festooned with fake spiderwebs and a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Every store trots out their Halloween-themed wares. Horror movies stream around the clock. And, of course, pumpkin spice everything.
Halloween night is all about trick-or-treating, but Halloween is also a traditional holiday for adult parties. Parties can be tricky for those in recovery. We all want to socialize and have fun with our friends, but Halloween parties are notoriously boozy. So how can you enjoy the holiday while maintaining your sobriety?
Your best bet may be to throw a sober Halloween party of your own, inviting supportive company who know you are in recovery or may be in recovery themselves. You don’t need alcohol to throw a party to remember.
Go all in on the decor to set the Halloween mood. You can never have enough glow-in-the-dark plastic skulls.
Put some real thought and creativity into your costume and encourage your guests to do the same. Have a costume contest!
Play fun games and cue up your favorite spooky music or run a horror movie in the background.
Have plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments ready to go. Need some ideas? Check out these treats. Looking for Halloween-themed non-alcoholic drinks? The Tempest has you covered.
Obviously, don't forget the candy - you'll get enjoyment from the sugar rush!
Enjoy your company. Remember, the purpose of bringing people together is to have fun, make memories, and enjoy the evening – not to get drunk.
If you do decide to go to another’s party and you know there will be alcohol, prepare yourself in advance.
Check in with your support network before and after the party. Attend a 12-step meeting and/or talk with your sponsor before and after the party.
Meditate, pray, or practice positive self-talk affirming your commitment to your recovery.
Drive yourself or with a loved one who will be ready to leave as soon as you are.
Either bring your own or grab a non-alcoholic drink as soon as you arrive and keep it in your hand throughout the night. Pour your own beverages. Others will be less likely to press alcohol on you if you already have a drink in your hand. Remember, if someone asks you why you’re not drinking alcohol, you are under no obligation to explain yourself.
Finally, remember why you’re there. You are there to enjoy your friends and family and show off that crayon costume! Socialize, have fun, and participate in the festivities. You’ll be glad you will remember it all the next day.
Life in recovery does not mean a life without fun. With a little advance planning and support, you can enjoy every holiday with the people you love.
Wednesday, 13 October 2021 15:13