What Each Myers-Briggs Type Will Be Doing This Halloween

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 30, 2020

Lights out, jack o’ lanterns on! The end of October marks the day for ghouls and goblins, tricks and treats. And as you’re out admiring everyone’s costumes, you’ll see that everyone has their own way of embracing Hallowe’en … some much more enthusiastically than others. 

So, what will each Myers-Briggs personality type be doing this Halloween? Read on if you dare!


Writes their horror poetry and spooky short stories while the ghastly atmosphere is perfect. This tale is going to be as eerily good as Lovecraft, Shelley, Stoker, Poe...if only they can stop circling their chair and actually crack on with it.  


Goes on and on and on about how excited and hyped up they are. Spends the entire day (and night) trying 20 different costume iterations and winds up wearing a mish-mash of the lot. Wins the best costume competition anyway. 


Treats their friends to a chill night in with home-baked treats and fun activities that steer far, far clear of anything remotely terrifying. Wears the ridiculously complex costume they’ve been creating since June. Falls asleep at 10 p.m.


Finally reveals the candy-gathering routes, parties, bars and experiences they’ve been pre-emptively sussing out since August to make sure everyone has a blast—complete with a playlist to accompany each activity.  Abandons all plans the second someone suggests something different because hey, it’s all about keeping everyone happy. 


Buys up all the candy and chocolate in the stores—during clearouts the day after. Goes as themselves to a party of one at their house. If they realize what month it is at all. 


Decides to dress up as some kind of dead/evil thing (yes, it’s that specific). Trolls their friend’s costume choice then talks their way into borrowing it. Gets bored, party hops, and winds up hardcore wasted on someone else’s liquor. 


Soundproofs their room from the noise. Cracks situational jokes about the absurdity of the holiday. May dress up a little, but no one will understand the costume. Counts this as a huge success. 


Prepares a color-coded graph depicting last year’s candy yields and this year’s targets. Devises a cunning strategy for efficiently gathering the maximum amount of candy possible (after researching surrounding neighbourhoods). Delegates execution of said plan to the kids. 


Gathers cardboard, twine, spray paint and newspaper, and carefully crafts a bone-chilling haunted pirate ship display for their front yard. Mysteriously disappears from the party for several hours. Is later found making an effigy of their boss out of pumpkins.


Pulls endless spooky jump-scares on unassuming trick or treaters, even the toddlers. Gets into a heated argument with a neighbor when the pranks go just that little bit too far. 


Spends way too much time on social media, creating abstract Pinterest mood boards for the perfect ghoulish costume. Starts making the costume at approximately 5 p.m. on the night of Hallowe’en. Still turns out better than anyone else’s.


Throws an over-the-top, glitzy costume party. Comes scandalously dressed as a sexy vampire. Sexy nurse. Sexy fortune cookie....


Stays in and gets the monthly bill payments out of the way. Maybe adds a bout of cleaning and meal-prep if they’re bored. Lets the kids go out, but checks up on them every half hour before curfew. Constantly nibbles from the candy bowl they’ve cunningly hidden indoors. 


Marches 20 kids around the neighborhood while dressed in a superhero costume that showcases their ability to save the world. Has stern words for anyone who forgot to buy candy. May make someone cry.  


Bakes adorable orange-and-black goodies while adding the perfect finishing touches to the costume they’ve been planning out since January. Carries safety pins for emergency costume repairs and a secret stash of candy for fast re-stocking. May dress up the dog. 


Throws an Instagram-perfect party complete with haunting fairy lights and glitter bat chandeliers. Invites more people than the fire codes deem safe. Hosts the party like a pro, while gossiping about the horror of other people’s costumes.

Lily Yuan

Lily Yuan is a personality psychology writer who tests as INTP and constantly questions her type. Learn more at www.lily-yuan.com. Explore her blog at www.personality-psychology.com.

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


Samantha says...

Lily, this is hilarious. When I read mine I laughed out loud because as an ENTP that is exactly what I would do. My costumes are absolutely terrible, I think they are great until I leave home and realise they required a lot more effort than “with this hat and tie I can say I am a ...” but I have never thought to borrow someone else’s (??brilliant idea) but getting drunk on someone else’s liquor used to happen more times than I remember. This is a fun article that really hit the mark for my family members too! Love it!

Lily Yuan says...

Haha, it's the thought that counts, eh? Can relate—glad you enjoyed reading this one :)

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