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    Here Are Some Great Things That'll Help You Celebrate Halloween This Year

    The season of spooks is upon us!

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    If you're as obsessed with Halloween as I am, chances are you're a little bummed about the limited ways to celebrate it this year.

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    Nothing beats a good old fashioned night of spooks followed by a few at your local.

    So, I've decided to make a list of some fun ways for spooky season enthusiasts, such as ourselves, to celebrate safely.

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    ^Live footage of all of us celebrating virtually on Halloween night.

    1. Play Trivia Murder Party, a competitive game full of spooks and tough questions.

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    If you haven't played any of the Jackbox games yet, you're honestly missing out. It takes all the fun and competitiveness of board games and puts them on the big screen. Plus, because your phone is your controller, you don't have to worry about needing enough for everyone to play. Trivia Murder Party is a game by Jackbox, which is essentially the movie Saw if your only way to survive was by answering trivia questions. It's a world of fun and can actually be quite terrifying if you turn off the lights.

    For some extra fun, you can play virtually with your friends using Kast or by live-streaming your screen on Skype or FaceTime and everyone can use their phones to play remotely.

    Buy the Jackbox Party Pack 3 from Steam for $35.95.

    2. Or, play the most viral game on the internet right now — Among Us.

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    The way I would describe Among Us to people who haven't heard of it is that it's like a game of Mafia, only you're stuck on a spaceship and nobody can save your life if you're killed. You can play the traditional version, where everyone is trying to figure out who the imposters on the ship are, while trying to complete tasks without being murdered. Or, try the hide and seek version, which has the imposter search the map while you try your best to avoid them without being killed. I suggest the latter version be played with friends on voice chat, as it's a whole lot more terrifying and fun when you can hear people freaking out about being caught.

    Buy it from Steam for $7.50.

    3. Pick up this mini projector and have yourself a spooky movie marathon with your friends.

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    You can use this baby to project a movie or even some kind of visual art — the only limit is your imagination! It's compatible with HDMI, USB, VGA and AV.

    Buy it for $129.99 on Amazon Australia.

    4. And use this Fire TV stick with it, so that you can watch directly from your favourite streaming services.

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    This device plugs right into any USB slot, so you can use it with your brand new projector or your TV. You can use it to watch anything on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Stan and Disney+. Or, if you wanted to, you can even use it to listen to tunes on Amazon Music or Spotify. Plus, this one features Alexa, so you can use voice commands to put on your favourite music or video.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $59.

    5. Read a spooky book like Where The Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda.

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    If you're a big fan of Japanese folklore, or folklore in general, you'll absolutely devour this book. It's a delightful collection of short stories that explore the lives and minds of women who may or may not be technically human, or alive for that matter. It's slightly more lighthearted than some of the books on this list, but a must for horror lovers with a soft spot for Japanese lore.

    Buy the paperback now on Amazon Australia for $23.60.

    6. Or listen to your horror books with an Audible subscription, which will give you monthly credits to use towards whatever book you want.

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    There's a ridiculous amount of books you can listen to, including great true-crime books like Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen and I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle Mcnamara or listen to horror classics like Stephen King's The Shining.

    Buy a one month membership for $16.45 on Audible.

    7. Try your hand at making some spooky cocktails and share them with your ghoul-friends.

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    Like this Killer Halloween Punch, which is super easy to make with some pretty basic ingredients. Plus, you can easily make the hand-shaped ice with food safe gloves, water and a working freezer.

    Check out some more quick and easy Halloween cocktails here.

    8. Decorate the inside and outside of your home to remind yourself that while you can't have a real Halloween, you can still show your passion for Spooktober to your friends and neighbours.

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    Whether your Halloween aesthetic is more creepy or cute, you'll find a huge range of decorations that'll cater to your vision. Like this bloodied gauze you can use to creep out your housemates, or these paper pumpkins that your nieces and nephews will adore.

    Buy the gauze from Amazon Australia for $4.99 or the pumpkins from Amazon Australia for $10.61.

    9. Or trick or treat yourself to some Halloween themed homewares you can keep out all year round.

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    I'll never forgive the universe for destroying one of my favourite holidays, but I will be using the lack of festivities as an excuse to buy myself some horrorful delights I can justifiably use everyday, whether it's October or not.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $18.35.

    10. Make yourself some delicious Halloween treats to enjoy solo, or with your friends.

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    You can find hordes of amazing Halloween themed recipes online for full cooked dinners or snacks, which would be perfect for munching on while you watch your favourite horror flicks. And in my book, food is the perfect way to celebrate anything.

    Check out these recipes and more here.

    11. Use some Halloween themed tarot cards to tell your fortune.

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    I'm a massive fan of tarot cards in general, but owning and using a themed deck brings everything to a whole new level. These cards come in a tin, perfect to protect the cards from bending (or bad vibes) and the illustrations are simply adorable.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.93.

    12. Or if tarot isn't your thing but you still want to have some spooky fun, play some classic spooky games or pick up a Ouija board.

    Etsy

    Now I don't necessarily condone using Ouija boards, but if you do your research and are using one safely, they can be a great deal of fun! Just be sure to say goodbye after playing — there's nothing like a Halloween ghoul hanging around your house to make you never want to play again.

    Buy this beautiful wooden board from Etsy for $50.

    13. Use this LIFX Smart LED bulb, that actually has a flicker setting, so you can really set the mood for a night of spooky fun.

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    Promising review: "LIFX lighting is the best purchase I've ever made – both for myself and as gifts for all my friends. Not only can you easily create really fun environments with lighting (party mode, relaxing mode, movie night mode), but it's also really good for things such as sleep hygiene. At 9 p.m. I turn on orange/red lighting and my body knows it's time to wind down and it's much easier to fall asleep. It's perfect if you need to switch your brain to work mode as well. There's a sleep timer, fun effects and a setting that makes the lighting react to the music you're playing! It's so easy to use and honestly it makes being at home so much more of a VIBE."

    Sohan Judge

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $99.

    14. Dress up in the Halloween costume you were planning to wear, even if you're the only person who'll see it.

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    One of the things I'm most bummed about is not being able to be out and about scaring civilians with my creepy costumes, but I'll settle for some unsettling pictures and a Zoom call with my friends. You can even make a competition out of it and vote on who deserves to win best dressed.

    Check out some Halloween costumes on Amazon here.

    15. Or dress down to keep it comfy, while staying on theme of course.

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    Sometimes actually getting dressed up seems like too much of an effort, especially if you're planning a more ~low key~ Halloween, so grab yourself a spooky themed shirt and be done with it. This one is by Murder Apparel, whose clothes are so damn comfortable, I practically live in them all year round.

    Buy it from Murder Apparel for $24.99 (available in sizes S-3XL).

    16. And finally, put up a Halloween themed Christmas tree.

    Etsy

    Yeah, Christmas is months away, but I think we all deserve to celebrate the holidays for a little longer than usual. Morph two of your favourites by bagging these gorgeous handmade ornaments and buying a black tree this year. Not only will it be different to what everyone you know has, but you'll be able to stretch out the joy of spooky season a little while longer.

    Buy the ornaments from Etsy for $35.

    You, ready to celebrate the heck out of Halloween and not letting anyone stop you:

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