October is coming to an end, and that can only mean one thing: Halloween.
Yes, costumes, trick, and candy are in our sights. It can be quite an exciting time, unless you’re a creator feeling like your creative juice tank is running low. There are many things you can do to improve creativity throughout the year, but sometimes adding a little seasonal kick can you’re your creative juju to the next level. So here are some ideas to boost creativity this Halloween:
Listen to some spooky tunes
Listening to music is a great way to boost creativity. It’s a method mentioned in numerous articles about working through a creative block. Listening to music may spark some ideas, and enhance the creative efforts. Music without lyrics is commonly said to be helpful for productivity as well. Listen to the soundtracks for your favorite shows to watch at Halloween, or just the good old “Monster Mash.” These songs may give you some inspiration for something Halloween themed. And if you get up and have a bit of a dance break or sing-along, we won’t tell (it may even help spark some new and different ideas).
Carve a Pumpkin (Or make your Halloween Costume)
Carving a pumpkin is a classic Halloween activity, and it includes all kinds of creative ideas. The possibilities for carving a pumpkin are endless. Hands-on activities can boost creativity and get you deeply involved in your work. If you’re not into getting your hands dirty by carving a pumpkin, work on making a DIY Halloween costume, or one of many possible Halloween activities.
Do a creative exercise with a seasonal prompt
No matter what creative effort you want to put a little bit of time into, doing a quick little project with a theme or prompt can help boost your overall creativity. Do a free-write, sketch, paint, make a quick edit in Photoshop or InDesign. Just do something that gets some creative ideas out.
Possible prompts for Halloween exercises are the following:
The morning routine of a monster
A road trip with Dracula
Werewolves in Tokyo
William Shakespeare’s Halloween costume
Tell some Halloween jokes
Laughing is a sure fire way to boost your mood, and it can be a good way to get those creative juices flowing. So find some frightfully fun jokes to exchange with your friends, family, and co-workers. I’ll give you a good start:
Q: What do you call a witch that lives in the desert?
A: A sandwich
Q: What is a ghost’s favorite fruit?
Go Trick-Or-Treating (Or to a Corn Maze)
Getting up and can help to spark ideas by getting out and moving around a bit. Being active and getting outside taps into the senses, and can help you clear your mind, or spark some new and creative ideas. If you’re too old for trick-or-treating (or if it’s not yet Halloween), a corn maze will do to get you out and about. A corn maze can help you engage your creativity from a different perspective as well, working your way out of the maze.
Think of the situation as a vampire would
Thinking about your creative block or an upcoming project in a different way may help you gain perspective. Taking a bit of a themed approach can make facing a daunting task a bit more fun. What would a vampire, with immortality and an appetite for blood do to approach your situation?
What are your favorite ways to work through a creative block or boost your creativity? Anything that is seasonally or holiday based? Share your ideas and creativity boosters with us in the comments.