Festive bar crawls and parades may be on hold, but let’s be clear: Halloween is not canceled. If you love all things beauty, fall and Halloween, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of ways to tie all three together for pamper routine on the night of October 31 (or before then, if you want to get in the holiday spirit a little bit early!). Keep reading for our guide to creating the ultimate Halloween night in.
Dim the Lights and Light a Candle
Before going anywhere near your beauty products, take the time to set the mood for a night of autumn-inspired Halloween fun. The first step is to light a candle — and, if Hocus Pocus taught you anything, make sure it’s not one with a black flame. We love the unconventional scents from Otherland, a woman-owned small business. Or to really double down on the fall theme, try Nest Fragrance’s Pumpkin Chai Candle.
Set the Mood With Some Halloween Tunes
Next, make sure your space is as pleasing auditorily as it is aesthetically. To do so, ask Alexa (or whatever streaming device you’re working with) to play Spotify’s 2020 Halloween Playlist. It’s filled with hits such as “Monster Mash,” “I Put a Spell on You,” and more. Not a Spotify subscriber? Pandora also has Halloween playlists for your viewing delight. While the Halloween Party station plays all the classics, Spooky Symphonies takes it up a classical notch.
Pour Yourself a Festive Beverage
Alcoholic or nonalcoholic — you choose. If you opt for the former, take your pick from this Halloween cocktail list, courtesy of the BBC. If you prefer the latter, a cozy mulled cider is warming and festive.
Pamper Your Locks With Pumpkin
Did you know that pumpkin is a fantastic ingredient for hair health? It’s loaded with potassium, zinc, and folate, all of which work to strengthen strands. To give it a try yourself, follow the directions below.
Coconut or olive oil
Spoon or fork
Mix three parts pumpkin puree with two parts coconut or olive oil and one part honey. Blend it all together with a spoon or fork and slather it onto dry hair from mids to ends. Let it work its magic for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing. (For an extra cozy hair mask situation, microwave the mask for 30 seconds before applying it to your hair.)
Lock in Your Skin’s Moisture
After you rinse off your hair mask, take the time for a little skincare routine — bareMinerals SMOOTHNESS Bare Haven Soft Moisturizer will do the trick. This nourishing cream is formulated with St. John’s Wort, which is equally as beneficial for your skin as it is for a storytime witches potion. It also contains a plend of Peptides and Ceramides to help soften and smooth the appearance of skin’s texture. Basically, it’s an hydrating hero for the cold, dry season ahead.
For a moment of extra relaxation, give yourself a little facial massage. Our Global Makeup Artist Carly Giglio suggests warming up the moisturizer between your hands and begin applying at the neck. “Move upward to the jaw then onto the face, even up to the forehead,” she says. ‘Gently move your fingers in a circular motion on the top of your cheekbones, upward toward the temple.”
Get Seasonal With Your Ingredients
We have good news: You can embrace the Halloween spirit every day—not just on days when a hair or face mask is on the agenda. That’s the beauty of finding daily skincare and makeup products formulated with seasonal ingredients.
To bring all the fall vibes to your routine, reach for products infused with pomegranate oil (like bareMinerals MINERALIST Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick), rosemary extract (which is found in bareMinerals’ PURE PLUSH Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam), or apple extract (bareMinerals DEW MIST Shimmering Setting Spray is chock full of it). In addition to being delicious food ingredients, they’re equally as fab for your skin. Where pomegranate oil is known for its hydrating, nourishing effect, rosemary extract is applauded for its anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe skin and reduce puffiness. And let’s not forget about apple extract. The smoothing, anti-aging ingredient is a dream for folks looking to visibly refresh the appearance of their skin.
Fill Your Home With the Scent of Cinnamon
One of the top notes of fall and, subsequently, Halloween is none other than cinnamon. While you can absolutely find candles and room sprays featuring the scent, why not spend a little extra time filling your home with the seasonal goodness in a crafty, old-fashion way? It’s simple. Just follow the instructions below.
-Fill a saucepan with water. Once full, put a handful of cinnamon sticks into the water and place the pot on the stove.
-Bring the water to a boil.
-Once boiling, turn the heat off.
It’s that simple! The scent of cinnamon is released when the spice is heated up. That said, if you find that your cinnamon scent starts to wear off, simply turn your pan back on to repeat the process and fill your space with the cozy, seasonal aroma.
Sit Back and Relax With Your Favorite Halloween Movie
In a world where people are always on the go, it can be difficult to set aside precious time solely to unwind. But let’s be clear: It’s so, so important to do so. For that reason, we couldn’t close out the ultimate list of Halloween pamper ideas without putting a little good old fashioned relaxation on the list. While catering to your skin and hair and sipping on mulled cider and cocktails can be quite relaxing on their own, we suggest combining a few of your favorite pamper ideas from this last to enjoy while sitting back and relaxing with your favorite Halloween flick. Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, The Addams Family—or whatever film you fancy for the occasion—will certainly do the trick. And taking a moment to actually relax and enjoy this time of year will be nothing short of a treat. (See what we did there?)