8 Ways I Cope with PHD (Post-Halloween Depression)

8 ways I cope with PHD (post-Halloween depression) - Dealing with a nasty case of PHD (post-Halloween depression)? It's the worst! Here's 8 ways I cope with my PHD while counting down to next Halloween. | spookylittlehalloween.com

It’s the most horrible time of the year. It’s officially November. October 31 is over, and PHD (post-Halloween depression) is setting in. We now have more than 300 days of waiting until our favorite day of the year rolls back around. (And two months of being bombarded with Christmas music to survive – blech!)

But around Spooky Little Halloween, you and I both know a secret the rest of the world doesn’t: Halloween is never really over.

That doesn’t mean we don’t feel those post-Halloween blues, though. So to get excited about October 31 next year, I’m sharing the eight ways I cope with PHD.

8 ways I cope with PHD (Post-Halloween Depression):

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Follow a year-round Halloween account on Instagram

You know, like @spookylittlehalloween! I could make a list a mile long of all the awesome accounts I enjoy (and probably will soon as a blog post!), but some of my personal favorites include @halloweenhappy, @midnite_spookshow and @hallowwoods.

For more spooky goodness, jump on Instagram and browse who I’m following!

Start listening to a spooky podcast

Little doses of spookiness in my day really chase the Halloween blues away. (Eek, didn’t intend for that the rhyme, but it works.) One way I do that is by listening to spooky podcasts.

Here’s nine recommendations for you to check out right now.

Bling your denim with killer lapel pins

I am officially obsessed with lapel pins. They are all over my denim vest, and I put one special one on my purse. I just bought a Creepin Around’s rotten Christmas pin and can’t wait to add it to my purse December 1.

All through October, I shared how I was wearing mine on Instagram. If you’re looking for a few new purchases, here are some of my favorites. I’ve found SO many more on Instagram lately though, so I will definitely be doing a follow up post very soon.

Research new pumpkin beers to try

You might still be able to find stragglers, but winter beers have officially taken over my local grocery shelves. You’ll remember from this post I’m not super crazy about a lot of pumpkin-flavored things, but I’m always up for trying a pumpkin brew! And with more than 1,200 available in the United States…I’ve got a long way to go before I’ve tried them all.

Here are 9 I sampled for you, plus a free tasting card you can download! (You can also get tips for hosting a budget-friendly beer tasting party right here.)

Start planning next year’s party!

Nothing gets me more excited for Halloween than working on party plans. You can bet I’m already thinking up ideas for my next Halloweenie Roast. In fact, my planning board on Pinterest has been active since May this year, but I’ve been dreaming about next year’s theme for well over a year now.

Not sure where to start with your party planning? Keep an eye out next summer when I re-launch my How to Plan a Killer Halloween Party e-course! It’s getting a little make over for next year, plus the course includes a free 18-page workbook. I will also be launching something brand new to make your party planning a breeze. Email subscribers will hear about it all first, so be sure to get on the list.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for help with Halloween party plans, check out the 7 things I’ve learned about planning a killer Halloween party and my 5 secrets to planning a killer Halloween party.

Wear Halloween gear

Halloween might be over, but you can bet I’m still rocking my Halloween jewelry and wearing the Halloween tanks and tees I acquired this year. (It’s the only thing I like about pseudo-summer still lingering down here in the TX.)

If you’re looking to grab some new goodies, here a few of my favorite jewelry picks and 10 places to find killer Halloween tees.

Incorporate Halloween decor into living spaces

Yes, you may have seen on Instagram that I packed up all my Halloween. But there’s a lot of items I repurpose for the rest of the year and incorporate into my living spaces. You can check out my tips for doing that right here.

I’m also contemplating replacing all the black and white photography in my bedroom with some spookier artwork, taken by me. More on that in 2017.

Listen to Halloween music

I. LOVE. HALLOWEEN. MUSIC. Just in case you weren’t aware yet. When I need a little spookiness in my day, nothing adds it quite like music. Whether you love songs about witches and vampires or want to host a graveyard party, I’ve got a playlist for everything in my Halloween Mixtape archives.

I’m also beyond thrilled Dead Air (who has guest posted on the blog several times now!), an online Halloween radio station, will be going year-round in 2017. If you listen, you just might hear a familiar name pop up now and again. 😉 Stay tuned for more in the coming months.


How do you cope with PHD?

I’d love to hear your best tips in the comments. Here’s to kicking that the post-Halloween blues by keeping the spooky fun going!

A fellow PHD sufferer,

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Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

Miranda is the Houston-based writer, blogger and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. She is addicted to pumpkin guts, witches’ brews, skulls and all things spooky and celebrates her favorite day of the year with her annual party, Halloweenie Roast, each October.


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    Kayla (kreepy kay)

    November 21, 2016

    I love to watch Halloween or horror tv shows and movies. I like to browse Pinterest for all Halloween ideas. Shop all the online Halloween clearance. Lots of fun!!

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    Eli Garcia

    November 1, 2017

    I’m going to start a YouTube channel and do 15-20 Minute shows regarding masks, costuming, props, Halloween how-to’s and other Halloween topics. I’m so sick of the rest othe year already, lol! I also make masks,costumes/costume accessories and other stuff as we’ll year round.

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    November 1, 2017

    I have a good stash of Halloween themed books, and I read them through November. One that I highly recommend is A Haunted Halloween by Paul Melniczek. Not only are the stories spooky, but most include descriptions of Halloween decorations, as well as peripheral details, such as trick or treat costumes, even when those items aren’t directly related to the main horror of the story. Also, I of course have many classics on DVD…i.e. much of the Halloween series, a few Friday the 13ths, etc. Am very glad I found your site:-).

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      November 1, 2017

      How fun! I’d love to hear what books you recommend, Fred. I’m always looking for a good spooky read.

      • Fred

        November 1, 2017

        Sure thing! First, anything by Paul Melniczek. Also, Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge, 13 Horrors of Halloween by Isaac Asimov, and The End of Summer by J. Tonzelli. What are some of your favorites?



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