Getting into the Halloween spirit is challenging for teenage girls, as they’re in between childhood and adulthood. To a growing teen, Halloween can symbolize a holiday that is for toddlers and small children.
The desire to dress up as their favorite character is starting to fade, and the goal of hitting the neighborhood in search of candy is not as exciting as it once was.
To keep things fresh, it’s a great idea to take a break from the norm and introduce new activities and traditions as a right of passage. It’s good to show teenagers that growing out of things is a part of life, but new concepts and activities can revive them and bring back nostalgia.
Here, we’ve gathered some age-appropriate activities to get the teenage girl in your life excited for Halloween.
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A great way to put a creative spin on Halloween is to replace trick-or-treating with a pajama party. Girls will love this, as it gives them time to nurture their friendships and spend quality time together outside of school. A slumber party is also easier to supervise. Unlike trick-or-treating which is usually done on a specific day that coincides with Halloween, the party can be hosted on any weekend in the month of October, so you don’t have to limit yourself when it comes to planning and organizing.
Encourage your guests to wear their spookiest pajamas for a night filled with mystical wonder and enchantment. You can use creative decor to bring the party to life. Your pajama party can serve as a Halloween staycation with loads of activities such as mind-blowing science experiments and a fashion show ensuring that your group of teens is never bored.
No matter the age, there is always room for snacks and sweets when it comes to Halloween. Ditch the supermarket candy section and opt for creating your own Halloween treats. This is a perfect opportunity to look for holiday-inspired recipes and incorporate fall flavors. Instead of carving pumpkins to make Jack-o-Lanterns, your teen might prefer to use pumpkins to create pumpkin-spiced baked goods like cookies or cupcakes. Decorating cookies with autumn designs is a surefire way to ignite your teenage guests’ inner artists.
Savory treats can also be incorporated as well. Create your own cheddar popcorn to mimic the orange color of pumpkins. A nice charcuterie board with cheese, pretzels, crackers, chocolate, fruit, and various meats is a great idea that tastes delicious and is an easy way to expand your teenager’s palate.
Lastly, you can serve some chilled, non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider in a coupe glass and make a toast to Halloween.
Why paint your own nails when you can get help from a friend? Nail art is very trendy right now, so it’s only right for it to be used as a creative activity during Halloween. When selecting nail polish, try to stay in line with autumn colors such as burnt orange, mustard yellow, hunter green, black, and eggplant.
Nail stickers can also work well if designing nails by hand is too advanced for your teenager. After completing a standard manicure or pedicure with the desired nail color, apply the nail stickers to the nails and seal them with a top coat to preserve the design.
DIY dip powder nails are a great choice for a teenage girl who is fairly new to doing nails but wants a more professional look. Simply apply the base coat to your nails as you would any nail polish. Then dip each nail in the powder for about 20 seconds and shake off the excess powder. Finally, paint each nail with a final coat to protect the powder and give the nail a shiny finish. It’s an easy way to create nail art with minimal cleanup and no harsh chemicals.
Halloween makeup looks can be used to enhance costumes and take them to the next level. Today’s teenage girls are fascinated with makeup as an art form due to the rise of beauty gurus and DIY makeup culture on various social media platforms. Youtube tutorials can be used as inspiration for creating makeup looks, or if your teen is an innovator, they can probably create their own unique makeup look.
While many stores have Halloween makeup kits for sale, the look might appear childish to a teenager. You can find lots of makeup artist-approved foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, and blushes at your local supermarket or beauty supply store.
With proper technique, creative ideas, and handy make up tools, Halloween can be a glamorous night your girls won’t forget.
Nothing brings out the spirit of Halloween like a scary movie. Scary movie marathons work well for the teenage girl who wants a chill night in. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video offer a plethora of Halloween movies during the month of October.
The movies need not be scary either; a Halloween spoof or quirky animation can make a great addition to a movie watchlist. It’s also a good time to show Halloween movies from the past. For example, Edward Scissorhands, while not a typical Halloween movie, it’s creepy, cute aesthetic and is very relatable to a teenage girl.
Also, a good movie marathon doesn’t have to last all night. Selecting 2 to 3 really good movies to watch will make the night fun and leave extra time for other activities should your group want to do other things.
Incorporating these Halloween activities into the way your teen celebrates the season will create vivid memories for your teenager. Just because they are no longer small children doesn’t mean that your teen has to become bored with Halloween. Explore various themes and activities that teen girls can do together. Put a modern spin on holiday traditions with the teenagers in your life.