'Tis the season for shorter days, colder weather, and pumpkin-spiced everything. If you're just married, fall is an exciting time—there's so much to do and explore together as newlyweds! From apple and pumpkin picking to choosing your couples-themed Halloween costumes, there's much to look forward to in the weeks and days leading up to Halloween. If it is your first time celebrating as a married couple, here are some fun ways to make the most out of this fun holiday.
Embrace the season.
Halloween is a huge part of fall, but there's much more to the season than this spooky holiday. Sophia Antoine, certified life and relationship coach, recommends going apple picking and attempting to make a homemade pie. You could also visit a pumpkin patch, then carve out jack-o-lanterns to decorate your front steps. Additionally, many cities and towns have a carnival or festival around Halloween, which might have hayrides, games, and fun food.
Go trick-or-treating together.
No matter your age, trick-or-treating can be a fun activity for you to do together. Reliving childhood experiences as adults is also a great way to bond, adds April Masini, a relationship and etiquette expert. "You can share your childhood experiences that have to do with Halloween and trick-or-treating with each other," she says. "This can be a chance to relive the good parts and 're-do' the bad ones."
Host a Halloween party.
One of the best ways to ring in the impending holiday season is to kick it off with a Halloween party. After all, you'll likely be invited to a ton potluck "Friendsgivings" and holiday parties in the coming months—why not be the first to get everyone together? "Since Halloween is not an extended family holiday, if you're newly married, you won't have any conflict over in-laws being invited," adds Masini.
Get dressed up.
Even if you don't plan on going trick-or-treating or to a Halloween party, you can (and should!) still dress up. "Make or order dinner and create cocktails that are fun, scary, and go with the Halloween motif," suggests Masini. "Get in the groove of the holiday, together, and start a ritual as a married couple."
Give out candy to trick or treaters.
Feeling too old (or too tired) to go out trick-or-treating yourself? Stay in and give out candy to all the neighborhood kiddos! "Not only can it be a really fun bonding experience for new couples, but it's a good project to work on together," says Masini. "If you want to be the talk of the town, create a spooky, interactive display in your yard."