Halloween: it's a time to gather with friends, hit up the best parties, and dress in your most impressive pop culture-related costume — usually. But October 31 in Toronto is shaping up to look very different this year.
With COVID-19 still in full swing, there may not be trick or treating, house parties, or the typical festivities Torontonians know and love. But just because you might be skipping out on the usual Halloween activities doesn't mean the spookiest holiday of the year is cancelled — it just means we need to get creative.
In fact, this Halloween has the potential to be epic: the holiday falls on a Saturday and on a full moon. So, pandemic or not, you better believe October 31 will still be a time to dress up, enjoy delicious fall-inspired whisky cocktails, and ignore the huge amount of candy wrappers strewn across your floor.
Whether you're partying responsibly with roommates or virtually getting together with friends, you can get in the seasonal spirit with on-theme drinks and inspired cocktails by visiting the LCBO in-store or online.
Ready to get spooky? Here are eight ways that you can safely celebrate Halloween at home this year.
1. Host A Virtual Pumpkin-Carving Party With Friends
At this point, we're all pros at hosting virtual parties over Zoom. Round up your friends, crack open a cold pumpkin brew, and grab a pumpkin so that you can still take part in this Halloween tradition. Why not turn the fun up a notch by picking your own pumpkin at one of Toronto's many U-Pick patches? If you don't have a car, Toronto's grocery stores have crates of pumpkins to choose from.
2. Watch Your Favourite Scary Movies
Sometimes there's nothing better than cozying up with an armful of snacks and getting lost in a horror movie or two... or more. If you're lucky enough to have the space, a fun twist would be to have an outdoor movie night (think pillows on the grass, candy corn, and films projecting on a big white sheet) or your own DIY drive-in.
3. Get In The Spirit With Halloween Cocktails
In the mood for something festive this Halloween? Whether you're looking for a seasonal bevvie to keep you warm, like the Tabby Cocktail, or just want an impressive on-theme drink for your at-home costume party, like the Corpse Reviver #13, spooky cocktails with ingredients from the LCBO are just what you need.
For example, you can try your hand at mixing the Vampire's Delight, a blood-red punch featuring Northern Landings Cranberry Ginberry; the Freaky Tiki, a fruity rum punch with Aperol and cherry brandy; or even the tropical-inspired Ghostly Goblet with tequila, coconut water, and grapefruit soda.
4. Unwind By Putting A Festive Spin On Your Self-Care Routine
Halloween is all about treating yourself, so go all in this year. Light some fall candles, put on your favourite scary-movie soundtrack, and spend the day pampering yourself. Run a warm bath, read a horror novel, give yourself an autumn-inspired manicure, or bake some pumpkin treats.
Self-care is important, but make it extra fun by giving it a festive twist with Halloween-inspired drinks like the Witch's Brew, which features Hound's Black Vodka (so on-theme!) and sweet cold-brew coffee, or the Pumpkin Sour boasting nutmeg, pumpkin purée, and whisky.
5. Wear Your Costume — Yes, At Home!
Okay, so this Halloween falls on some pretty unprecedented times, but we can still enjoy the annual Halloween tradition of posting our carefully selected costumes on Instagram, right? And let's not forget all of the pretty significant (and fun!) TV, music, and celebrity moments of 2020 that will make for some epic costumes (Carole Baskin, WAP, and Moira Rose, anyone?).
6. Decorate Your Place
Nothing will get you more in the Halloween spirit than pouring yourself some ghoulish red or white wine, like The Velvet Devil Merlot or Ghost Pines Winemaker's Blend Chardonnay, and decking the halls with cool decorations and pretty pumpkins. The LCBO even has spooky-looking bevvies that can double as Halloween decor (Crystal Head Vodka, hello?). Plus, you can do it on the cheap! If 2020 has you broke (like the rest of us), Toronto has tons of great thrift shops with Halloween goodies just waiting for you.
7. Play Halloween-Inspired Games
Whatever happened to tarot-card readings, bobbing for apples, scavenger hunts, and ouija boards? Now's the perfect time to take a stroll down memory lane and enjoy the holiday like you used to with classic Halloween games. Set them up for the family, gather your roommates, or call your friends over Zoom to take part.
8. Enjoy The City's Fall Colours
Halloween doesn't have to be all about parties and costumes. If you're not up for celebrating the traditional way, why not reconnect with nature and take in the colourful display of changing leaves splashed across the city? Throw on a cozy sweater (orange or black encouraged), make yourself a whisky hot cider, and check out one of the many Toronto vantage points to see the gorgeous fall colours up close. Botanical gardens, walking paths, and lookouts await!
When you've taken a break from hiking and admiring fall colours, treat yourself to a tasty non-alcoholic bevvie. The LCBO offers a great selection, which you can check out right here.
They even have convenient shopping options like same-day pickup (at select locations), so you can skip the dreaded Halloween weekend lines and spend more time preparing your costume and crafting the perfect cocktail before sharing your IG-worthy creations with #LCBO.
See, Halloween can still happen! And now you have a bunch of inspiration to celebrate at home and have fun. It's time to make this Halloween one to remember.