2023 is here at last and if you're trying to shake off that December feeling and get back into the spooky festive spirit, this list should help!
Here's five easy ways to add a spooky touch to your January month and and get ready for this years spooky season and to hopefully make you feel a little like Halloween is already here (although it's Halloween everyday for some of us right?).
January is all about a fresh start, whether that be with a new job, going to the gym, making resolutions or just making a few lists, now is the perfect time to start planning for Halloween.
Halloween might be months away but you can never have enough time to plan, so why not make a list of potential theme ideas for your next Halloween party? Costume ideas, foods to experiment with, stores to visit, craft projects to complete all make great lists to plan for this year. I tend to take a small step back in January to see what worked in the last year and what didn't, ideas that came to fruition and things that I have been putting off that I can attempt this year.
You could also start a 2023 scrap book for spooky season, so when October finally rolls around you are fully prepared for the spookiest month of the year.
If like me, you end up with lots of new spooky things throughout spooky season and even as gifts for Christmas, January is the perfect time to organise everything. I usually find that something I loved in previous years, might now not be as loved as it was, so it's time to give it a new home.
Sorting through all of your spooky things and deciding what to part with and what to keep is a really great way of clearing out unnecessary clutter and can also be great for your mental health. You're probably wondering how this is spooky? Well what you decide to part with, you can sell or even trade for other spooky things. Any money you make can then be put aside for this years spooky purchases and so you're starting the year with a Halloween 2023 fund already.
Every year we're always treated to new spooky films, music and books. As January is usually a quieter month for pretty much everything, now is the best time to catch up on books you might have not read or even purchased yet.
I always enjoy watching Halloween films in January to shake off December and get back into the spooky spirit. Personal favourites from last year were Hocus Pocus 2 and Halloween Ends and I still have Netflix's The Curse of Bridge Hollow on my list of films to watch (a few suggestions for you there).
There is so much Halloween themed music to listen to too, this can be anything from actual Halloween songs like those released by DBones and the Remains, Kim Petras and LVCRFT or soundtracks from your favourite Halloween films. If those don't take your fancy, there's always the year long Halloween Radio.
Two words... January Sales! You would think that with it now being a new year and January that Halloween would be long gone from the stores, well you'll be surprised to know that you can find so many Halloween goodies in the January sales.
Many stores will remove stock from shelves after October and will put it back out in January to try and sell in the sales. You'll be able to find all kinds of spooky things and maybe even things you might have had your eye on but missed and it's now even cheaper. You might need to hunt through sale sections to find odd spooky treats, but a day out hunting is sure to guarantee you at least one thing.
Halloween is ten months away, which gives you plenty of time to start all of those projects you've been wanting to start (or finish). One way to spread out the spooky fun is setting yourself a craft project challenge every month.
If you can complete one project every month until October, you'll be able to start the month with a handful of spooky makes. You can then decorate your home with your creations and relax a little in October as you're already well prepared. Projects can be anything from creating a new recipe, making decorations, candles and more. You can also find free activity packs in the freebie section above which includes heaps of easy DIY projects for Halloween and other holidays too.