7 Tips For Throwing A Sober Halloween Party

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on December 11, 2022

With Halloween approaching, people in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse may avoid socializing altogether to stay away from temptation. However, there are ways to throw a safe and fun Halloween party that can make the holiday memorable for everyone.

Many different things can trigger alcohol or drug addiction. Any holiday can be a difficult time, regardless of whether you are new to sobriety or have multiple years away from substances. 

It’s easy to think staying in is the best solution, but this can cause alienation, loneliness, and stress. When these feelings arise, drinking or using may seem more tempting. 

Sobriety doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to have fun and celebrate holidays. There are plenty of ways to throw a comfortable and non-triggering Halloween party this October

Below we’ll share seven tips for throwing a sober Halloween party that creates memories and celebrates a drug-free life

Holiday Seasons And Sobriety

For many people, holidays represent a time to see family, take time off work, and indulge in a couple of drinks. Dinners, parties, and get-togethers happen across the country. 

But for those in recovery from drugs and alcohol, holidays can bring up both good and bad feelings. 

Instances where drinking and using drugs led to fun may make someone want to recreate those memories. Others created some of their most shameful memories during a holiday. 

Parties can be triggering for those with alcohol use disorder, so they may think it’s best to avoid social gatherings altogether. But a sober life doesn’t mean you need to isolate. 

As people learn to live a new life in sobriety, holidays can be a chance to learn alcohol-free socializing skills while having fun and making new memories. 

7 Ideas For A Sober Halloween Party

Alcohol and marijuana use may seem synonymous with parties. However, this isn’t the case. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween while staying sober. 

Below we’ve gathered seven tips for throwing a Halloween party that is both safe and fun for people in recovery. 

Encourage Costumes

It may seem obvious, but suggesting costumes is a fun way for attendees to get into the spirit of Halloween. It also can bring out the creative, fun, and wacky side of a person. 

Costumes give party-goers something to comment on, laugh about, and give praise to. With more costumes, everyone feels they are part of something, which is necessary for sobriety. 

Stock Up On Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Holiday parties offer an opportunity to make festive drinks related to the celebration, such as eggnog or green beer. 

But plenty of non-alcoholic beverages can be served that are just as tasty, fun, and helpful for those in recovery. 

Make sure to buy a wide range of sodas, make your own mocktails, and encourage guests to bring their favorite non-alcoholic drinks. 

There are plenty of Halloween beverage recipes online that can impress and get people into the festive spirit.

Offer Lots Of Activities

As we age, Halloween parties become less about carving pumpkins or visiting haunted houses. Many people think those activities are exclusively for kids. 

When substances are removed from a party, it gives people a chance to engage in other activities. Dancing, karaoke, and arts and crafts are all fun ideas. 

Setting up the party area in a way that allows for mingling, engaging in activities, and recharging can encourage people to have fun and not feel overwhelmed. 

Set Up A Projector For Scary Movies (Or Less-Scary Alternatives)

Horror films are a staple of Halloween. Some actively followed franchises as teens and young adults and loved to dress up as their favorite movie characters. 

Others may prefer the more lighthearted side of Halloween, taking the opportunity to indulge in their favorite childhood classics and Halloween comedies.

Halloween offers a time to revisit some of these classic films. Setting up a projector creates a fun atmosphere for attendees to enjoy a movie together. 

If you choose a horror film, take note that some scary movies may be triggering for your guests. Inform everyone of the titles beforehand. If people don’t want to watch, have other activities ready for them. 

Load Up On Desserts

Along with beverages, desserts are often a part of holiday parties. At a sober Halloween party, they become even more desirable. 

Bat, ghost, and vampire-themed cookies or cake with fake blood smeared across can make eating sweets even more fun and enjoyable. 

Sweets can also serve as a way to quell cravings for drugs and alcohol. 

Capture Memories

People put a lot of thought into costumes, foods, and beverages, so why not capture the night? Grab a Polaroid, disposable camera, or smartphone and start snapping away. 

Sending or handing out photos is a great way for people to feel included in the night. They can take sober memories home and be reminded of how fun sobriety can be.

Create A Safe Space For Sober Attendees

Before, during, and after the party, make sure people feel welcome to express any concern about the environment. 

Sending a pre-party text letting guests know that indulgence in drugs and alcohol is not encouraged or that there will be sober guests allows people to understand the atmosphere beforehand. 

Try setting up an area at the party that is quiet and low-lit, with comfortable couches or chairs. People may use the space to call their sponsor, converse with other guests, or meditate. 

You can also choose to recognize sober milestones during the gathering. Buy some sobriety chips and give them to those celebrating any length of time away from alcohol or drugs. 

Why Celebrating Any Holiday Sober Is Great

People can become jaded by holiday pressures like buying gifts and indulging in substances, which can lead to anxiety. But those in recovery can now fully grasp the joy of community. 

Sobriety offers the chance to participate in Halloween and other holidays in a new way. You and your fellow party guests can enjoy the night clear-headed and wake up refreshed with fun new memories. 

Holidays also offer a chance to mourn the loss of someone and still manage recovery. A clear, sober mind allows you to be in the present and not have to hide your feelings. 

Addiction Treatment In Ohio

With Halloween and other holidays around the corner, many may feel their recovery is in jeopardy. But evidence-based practices can jumpstart and help maintain sobriety. 

At Ohio Recovery Center, we offer many addiction treatment programs that can help you or a loved one stay sober this Halloween. 

Inpatient programs and medical detox can sustain a sober life. Reach out today to learn more about our different treatment options.

  1. Campus Drug Prevention – Tips For Talking To Teens And Young Adults About Drugs During The Holidays https://www.campusdrugprevention.gov/news/tips-talking-teens-and-young-adults-about-drugs-during-holidays
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse – Coping With Substance Use Disorder During The Holidays https://nida.nih.gov/videos/coping-substance-use-disorder-during-holidays
  3. Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – Stressed Or Depressed During the Holidays? You Are Not Alone And Help Is Just A Phone Call Away https://mha.ohio.gov/about-us/media-center/news/12-08-2021-stressed-or-depressed-during-the-holidays-you-are-not-alone

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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