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Staying in

In today’s world, there is always something ”on”. We could be out every night of the week. Snapping away pictures for our social media accounts. Exhausted. Probably bored. Wishing we were curled up on the couch, clad in a onesie and flicking through Netflix.

So why aren’t we? Yes, this little thing known as FOMO that most of us are aware of. FOMO – the Fear Of Missing Out.

Of what? A mediocre night that gave you blisters, emptied your already-empty bank account and stole hours of much-needed beauty sleep from you?

Even if that is the case, a shockingly high number of us feel FOMO and we feel it intensely. But what about the people who choose to say f-you to FOMO?

Most of the time I cannot be arsed to RSVP ”yes” to a million and one things that I know I’ll end up bailing on hours before anyway.

And it seems I’m not alone in this bizarre new phenomenon of…wanting to stay in and relax. Shocker.

A survey by Porch.com spoke to 1,000 people and showed that people admitted how much the would rather stay in.

If a nightclub is on the schedule, 48 percent would rather stay on the sofa, for the the gym it’s 29 percent and a surprising 26 percent would skip happy hour.

Maybe it comes down to social anxiety as it seems like food affairs made people more comfortable as less than 10 percent of people would rather stay home than go out to brunch, a fancy dinner or just somewhere casual to eat.

And what about the classic bailing?

C’mon we’re all guilty of it – but what’s our method of choice?

Well, 68.2% cancel by text, 24.2% do the right thing and cancel by text while 4.7% brave people opt for in person leaving 2.2% by email and(thank God) only 0.7% of those who admit to ghosting. You cruel, cruel people.

We might feel fab cancelling until we see all the fun snaps we’re missing online – the survey showed 43.4% of us feel regret after looking at Instagram. And a whopping 69.% feel ashamed for staying in.

Saying no to things isn’t a crime, more and more of us are doing it and you know what? It feels good.

So this week if someone asks ”heading out for the weekend?”, it’s a no from us.

Bring on an American Horror Story marathon and a dirty takeaway.


If your costume isn't even started and the thought of a party makes you cringe – we've got you gal.

There's no fear for staying-in, and since October 31 is a Wednesday, it gives us more of an excuse to get into our jammies straight after work, close the curtains and shut out the world.

But we've got some FAB ideas on how to make this Halloween one to remember – for all the right reasons. 

1. Movie Night


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You don't have to be a horror fan to have a scary movie marathon. There are plenty of thrillers that won't give you nightmares.

Compile a list or check out some of our recommendations, grab some spooky snacks and get watching.

And with this October weather, the only thing you'll be missing by staying in, is the rain.

2. Pamper Night


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Get the bath running, light some candles or burn some divine incense and dive into a Halloween pamper session. 

Lush has you covered for all the holiday bath bomb treats, from vegan, plastic-free Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bars, to Monster's Ball Fizzer. 

Give your skin an October make over, and scrub away those bad vibes, with Lush's Magic Crystals – it'll have you bewitched. 

3. Girls Halloween night-in


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If the thoughts of being alone on Halloween is creeping you out – grab the girls and enjoy a night in together.

It's an ideal time for bonding, catching up and you could even try your hand at carving up a pumpkin – plus, you'll all roll in fresh for work the next day.

If pizza, movies or pampering as a group sounds appealing to you – get dialling and organising.

4. Self-care scare


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As the end of the year is just weeks away, this is the perfect excuse to take some time out for yourself.

Pick up a journal, and get writing, painting or use any creative outlet you have to look back at how far you've come in the last 10 months.

Set some goals for the remainder of 2018 and make a list of what you're grateful in life for. It maybe simple but we generally don't make the time to do things like these.

5. Family fun


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If you've got younger kids in the family, why not offer to help them out with their make up and costumes.

Particularly if you're hella talented with make up, they mightn't be grateful (age depending) on the hours you put in making them look spookatular – but one day they will – (make sure you take 6 million pics – you need collateral for the future).

And you can bet, their parents will be delighted. 

Added bonus for this one; you might get to help with their mountain of sweets they bring home and once they go to bed – it's fair game.


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Now, get into the Autumn spirit and relish in some down time.

No matter what you decide to do – staying in is just as much fun as going out.