By Sarah Batcheller

Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. People of all ages decorate with faux-spider web, smear on face paint, and practice their best evil cackles, all in the name of an exciting fright! This is an especially thrilling time for lovers, who can not only comfort each other during the ghoulish hours of the night, but revel in the excitement of dressing up and going out. Many people spend the entire month of October building up to the suspense of Halloween.

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1. Carve a pumpkin: The scarier, the better! Witches and ghosts don’t seem so bad when they’re etched into your favorite fall vegetable. Plus, you and your sweetie can add your own touch of personality to your décor- like funny eyes or a great, big smile- truly making it your own.

2. Bake a pumpkin pie from scratch: Only the most talented bakers make their desserts from scratch. It can be a long process, but it sure is a fun one, and the results are definitely a sweet reward!

3. Attend a fall festival: Think of it like a carnival date, but with creepy mirror houses and other activities and games. Usually, there are markets to purchase your favorite autumnal treats. You can easily research online a local Fall festival that your city is hosting.

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4. Enter a costume contest: A little competition may be just the trick (or treat!) for you and your lovebird to get into a team spirit. It’s also an excellent way to show off your personality as a couple.

5. Have a horror movie marathon: It’s the best excuse for snuggling (as if you need one!). You can opt for classic childhood flicks, or ultra-haunting thrillers. Either option is sure to set the spine-tingling mood.

6. Create a haunted house: Deck out your house in horrifying gear, getting it ready for ghoulish guests. Not only will it make for a great way to get creative together, but you can involve your friends and neighbors in your favorite holiday.

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7. Have a haunted tour: Research stories about hauntings in your area, and go scope out the scenes. You and your sweetie can explore places, like haunted houses or woods, with particularly spooky myths attached. Just be sure to use the buddy system, and: no trespassing!

8. Tell stories around a bonfire: There are more ghost stories in the world than anyone can count, so bundle up by a nice, warm fire, and see who can tell the scariest ones. Plus, it’s a great way to stay warm at the end of October.

9. Host a haunted game night: Add an eerie twist to your favorite board games, and have your friends over for a fun evening. Not only can the two of you bond over planning the night, but you can have plenty of laughs with your favorite pals.

10. Last but not least…The Classic: Trick-or-Treating! By now, you’re probably too old to dress up and go knocking on neighbor’s doors. But, you can dress up and greet all the little goblins and superheroes who come your way. Whether you prefer handing out sweet treats or healthy snacks, the trick-or-treaters are sure to gobble it all up…let’s just hope no one’s appetite is spoiled before Thanksgiving!

What are some other spooky ideas to strengthen your relationship? Share your thoughts below!