Note: Always keep cannabis-infused food and beverages safely secured and out of the reach of children, especially those which resemble candy or treats. Only consume cannabis if you are of legal age in your province.
Halloween, like cannabis, is thousands of years old. The tradition that originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts, is typically celebrated in North America with parties, dressing up and trick-or-treating. However, given the uncertain times we are living in with COVID-19, staying in the comfort of your home and enjoying some cannabis can be a great alternative for those who want to treat themselves while celebrating the spooky vibes of Halloween
You may have already decorated, carved pumpkins and chosen your at home costume – or maybe not. Have no fear, if you’re a bit of a procrastinator, or simply haven’t had time to think much about Halloween yet, keep reading to find out 5 ways to celebrate “Halloweed” at home.
1. Dress Up as a Cannabis Legend
Halloween is sure to be a little different this year as we celebrate from home, but that should not deter you from dressing up to celebrate the holiday. If you are still searching for that perfect Halloween costume idea, and want to roll cannabis into that idea, we have listed a few ideas below to get you started.
Jack Herer– Dubbed “The Emperor of Hemp”, Jack Herer was an American cannabis rights activist and author and is renowned for his efforts to decriminalize and legalize cannabis, and to expand the use of hemp. In tribute to Jack Herer’s namesake, 7ACRES has developed a sativa-dominant cultivar, Jack Haze to pay homage to his namesake.
Willie Nelson – He has been smoking weed probably before your parents were born. Nelson, an American musician, actor and cannabis icon, makes for a great Halloween dress-up idea. Grab a braided wig, cowboy clothes, and a guitar to complete this look. Nelson is also an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry in the United States, with his brand “Willies Reserve”.
Woody Harrelson – Ever since Woody Harrelson let his pal Willie Nelson convince him to start consuming cannabis again, Harrelson has resumed his public image as America’s friendliest ‘stoner’. He is an award-winning actor and playwright – and has also become well known amongst Hollywood’s elite as someone who always has the most potent cannabis, and ‘Olympic style sessions’ when he consumes.
Cheech & Chong – This costume takes two people, so hopefully your roommate or significant other has the Halloween spirit. Cheech & Chong became symbols of cannabis culture with the 1978 film Up in Smoke, and launching a number of successful comedy albums. A beanie, a headband and some facial hair help pull this costume together.
2. Make Cannabis Treats
We all know that the best part about Halloween is the munchies, and nothing beats store bought snacks like making your own homemade cannabis edibles. If you don’t know where to begin, the first step in creating cannabis edibles is decarboxylation. Also known as ‘decarbing’ – it is the process of activating the cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. When the cannabis plant is heated above 220 degrees Fahrenheit, a chemical reaction converts the THCa compound into THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main cannabinoid in cannabis that is associated with psychoactive effects.
For more information on decarboxylation and making simple and delicious cannabis edibles, we wrote a full guide on how to make edibles that can be found here, back from when we interviewed The Wellness Solider on how to make homemade edibles.
A few of our favourite recipes at 7ACRES to snack on are cannabis infused caramels, lollipops and cookies (which you can bake into the shapes of ghosts, pumpkins, weed leaves, or whatever you like)
3. Carve a Jack O’Lantern
This is a fun and creative activity. You can dress your pumpkin up in your favourite cannabis swag, stick a fake joint in its mouth, or if you are up for the challenge, make a homemade, functionable, pumpkin bong. Keep in mind that this activity involves using a sharp knife so we would advise exercising extreme caution and perhaps doing this before consuming any intoxicants.
If you are running out of ideas, or just want to show some brand love for 7ACRES, print out this 7AC pumpkin stencil and carve our logo into your pumpkin. Take a picture, tag us in the caption, and if we like it we may just send you something!
4. Binge watch Weediquette (or horror movies)
Do you like to smoke weed and watch horror movies? You’re not alone. There is nothing better to do while spending time isolating at home then binge watching movies or TV shows while consuming cannabis. From pulse-pounding horror movies that cannabis makes appearances in like Cabin In The Woods to informational shows such as Weediquette, there is something for everyone this Halloween.
5. Virtual Halloween Sesh
Are zoom parties a thing again? Another good way to stay connected and hang out with friends for Halloween is to host an online Zoom party with friends. Try and give friends as much heads up as you possibly can, send out your invitations, be sure to include the zoom link, time, and rules of engagement. We suggest encouraging your friends to dress up, then roll up their favourite flower (our Halloween pick is Jack Haze) and hop online. You can play games, trivia, or just catch up. Having a solo-virtual sesh is a great way to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. Read more on solo-sesh etiquette here and stay safe!
The typical traditions of Halloween will look and feel a lot different this year, but that does not mean that the spirit of the holiday must die. From the entire crew at 7ACRES, we wish you a Happy Halloweed.