For a certain type of person, there’s no date more romantic than October 31st. “I've told my husband I am divorcing him so we can marry on Halloween,” baker Helena recently joked to host Noel Fielding on the Great British Baking Show. And there’s a song from the ‘60s that describes a perfect Halloween proposal. A graveyard bash, if you will. “Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams / So I'll propose, on Halloween / Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you,” sing the Classics IV, a ‘60s southern rock band. Brooklyn Nine-Nine even featured a funny (and feminist) Halloween proposal.
Whether they’re goths, horror movie fans, cosplay enthusiasts, or simply spontaneous, plenty of people have gotten engaged on Halloween. And even more would like to. According to a survey by British events company Chillisauce, Halloween is the fifth most romantic day of the year to propose, beaten out only by the more “traditional” holidays: Christmas, Christmas Eve, Valentine’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.
We searched Reddit for the spookiest and most romantic engagement stories.
"We went to a haunted carnival on our anniversary, stood in line for one of the mazes, and went in together. He set it up with the people running it to let him sneak through using the service stuff so he could get to the middle first. Then, he dropped my hand and took off, shouting over his shoulder to come and find him. While I was making my way through, he got into the middle and waited for me.
"I came around the corner to find him in the middle of this graveyard scene with zombies and skeletons and all the cheesy Halloween sounds and strobe lights. He accidentally stumbled across the ring two days previously while we were shopping for Halloween costumes with my best friend at Kmart, and threw the whole plan together to make it happen on the anniversary. He got his wish for totally surprising me and making an awesome proposal like he wanted."
“He proposed on Halloween, on the stairway of an abandoned institution, while I was in full skull makeup (wiped off by tears and rain) and a skeleton onesie. He is absolutely the one. We met while we were both working at a haunted house ten years ago, and honestly, it was more perfect for us than anything I could have thought of myself.” (via Reddit)
“On Halloween (absolutely my favorite day) he surprised me with a hand-painted treasure chest filled with coins and pearls and jewels (all fake of, course). On top of the ‘treasure’ was a ring box, which was lit up from under the treasure with an LED candle. The ring was custom-made with amethyst, black diamonds, and white gold. He knows me so well. I still have the chest and treasure with the ring box on display in my house." (via Reddit)
"I have always been obsessed with Halloween and anything creepy. I just so happened to fall in love with a Romanian and on a visit to see his family, he proposed at Dracula’s castle in Transylvania. Spooky dream come true." (via Reddit)
"I proposed in Disneyland during Halloween time. The year before, my now-wife was like, 'We should get Halloween caricatures done!' So the year I proposed, I had it all set up for our 'Halloween caricatures,' when in fact it was a proposal. A large crowd gathered around and she was absolutely f*cking clueless about it. Well, the artist turned it around and my wife lost it. Big old happy ugly cry. Even had our parents there to surprise her with it. Def one of the top moments of my life." (via Reddit)