I do not know about you, but Halloween is one of the trickiest holidays for me. I never know if I should dress up in a costume and go out and trick-or-treat or just stay in and stuff my face with candy bought from the store and watch a spooky movie with friends. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, there are many ways to get in the spirit. Here are a few suggestions:
1) What pops into your mind when you hear the word “Halloween?” Costumes. And since those can be expensive to buy, make one — out of anything you have. Or go thrifting and find something there. This is an excuse to let your creativity loose. Anything goes. Heck, you can make a pillowcase into a ghost costume if you are feeling helpless.
2) Attend Halloween TGIT. Even if you don’t like dressing up and you find that lame, TGIT is the way to go. And you still get to see everyone else’s wacky costumes, which is always a plus!
3) If you haven’t already, decorate and carve a pumpkin. You can even use the pulp inside of it to make pumpkin puree or you can roast the seeds.
4) Normally I wait until after Halloween is over to go buy my supply of candy since that is when everything is on sale in grocery stores, but if you are just dying from a lack of sugar, go purchase some now. There is no shame in blowing a few bucks on some scrumptious goodies.
5) If you are staying in on Halloween night and live in a place where trick-or-treaters might come by, have a bowl of candy handy. Or go around and randomly hand out candy to people. Get in the spirit of giving! If you think sugar is horrible for your teeth and are horrified at the prospect of promoting eating sweets, hand out toothbrushes and floss — whatever floats your boat.
6) Movie marathons are fun too. You are never too old for classics such as “Ghostbusters,” “Casper,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Hocus Pocus.”
7) Visit the Office of Personal and Career Development Haunted House of Horrors this week on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 6:30-10:00 p.m. in Augustine. Not only do you get to witness the horror of the haunted house, but you can also listen to faculty such as Dr. Jodziewicz and Dr. Norris read scary stories and take pictures in the photo booth. Afterwards, if you can’t get enough of the thrilling experience, you can visit others around Dallas. Six Flags has a Fright Fest that promises to be terrifying.
8) Want an excuse to have a bonfire? Roast marshmallows around one and tell ghost stories with your friends.
9) BOO! your neighbor. Take a trick-or-treat bag full of candy to their place and leave it by their door, along with a piece of paper that says, “You’ve been BOO’ed.” They will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully pass along the kind gesture to another neighbor of theirs.
10) Lastly, decorate your room or apartment in Halloween fashion! Orange pumpkin-shaped glowing lights, jack-o’-lanterns and scary message lanterns add a nice touch.
I hope these ideas make you more excited for the holiday. No matter how you decide to spend your time, take a break from studying and have some fun. Midterms have passed for most students, and despite those sporadic tests professors tend to assign, you should reward yourself for all of your hard work. Happy Halloween!