6. Plan Ahead
In sobriety it is always important to plan ahead, especially on holidays. The most important thing is your recovery above all the festivities. If you are attending a gathering where there will be substances, be prepared with an answer if offered… a “no thanks” works fine! It also helps to have an exit strategy, whether that is a train schedule or your own vehicle to head out when you are ready.
7. Attend a Family Friendly Festival
Halloween is packed with family friendly activities! Check your local calendar for parades, haunted houses, and small business trick or treating events. These gatherings will provide entertainment with a focus on the spirit of the holiday, and plenty of food options to indulge in!
8. Gather Sober Friends to Check in With
In recovery we stay sober together. Rounding up some pals from your sober network and checking in with them throughout the evening will provide support and accountability. Even better, invite some of your sober friends along whether you are celebrating at home or out… having the support in person can make a huge difference.
9. Carve Pumpkins
What is Halloween without pumpkin carving? Being creative in recovery is part of the fun, so invite some friends over and tap into your creative side. You can even turn the exercise into a competition and see which of your guests carves the most interesting pumpkin. It’s a great way to bring people together in the spirit of the holiday.