Top ten ways to spend your Halloween


Teagan Smith

Josie Gadzala, Renee Maley, Allie Coyne, Sara Scolan, Teagan Smith and Julia Grippo carve pumpkins together to show their Halloween spirit.

Halloween is right around the corner, and if you’re looking for a way to make it different from any other Thursday afternoon, here are my recommendations.

10. Catch up on sleep

To my surprise some people don’t like Halloween, and if you’re one of these people I recommend you take this as an opportunity to go to bed early.  Most teachers reduce their amount of homework over a holiday so finish your work early and get that much-needed sleep.

9. Take little kids trick-or-treating 

If you have little siblings, family members or neighbors you can take them trick-or-treating. They’ll be beyond excited to not have to wait for their busy parents and it’s undeniable that kindergarteners in princess dresses are adorable.

8. Judge everyone else’s costumes 

Even if you don’t want to participate in Halloween, it’s always enjoyable to judge everyone else’s costumes. Some people are extremely creative and have complex and detailed costumes, if only I understood what “Game of Thrones” character they were supposed to be.

7. Go trick-or-treating 

It’s still under debate whether it’s socially acceptable to trick-or-treat as a high schooler, but at the end of the day, free candy is free candy.

6. Carve pumpkins

This is a festive activity that doubles as a decoration. It might be messy but it’s worth it. As a bonus nothing looks more Halloween than a jack-o-lantern on a front porch.

5. Pass out candy for kids 

You can see a variety of different costumes all from the comfort of your own home. Plus, you get to join in on feeding the American child-obesity epidemic

4. Scary movie marathon

Spooky season sets the perfect mood for any scary movie. Whether it’s binge-watching all four “Scream” movies or “The Conjuring” series, your night is sure to send shivers down your spine.

3. Watch Halloween themed TV show episodes

If you’re like me and scary movies aren’t your style, you can find your entertainment in your favorite TV shows’ Halloween episodes.  Classics include “Ant Farm’s” ‘Calling All the Monsters,’ where China Anne McClain solves discrimination in one song.

2. Dress up in costumes 

This is what Halloween is all about. Point blank, period.

1. Start decorating for Christmas 

Now that October has come to an end, it’s officially time for Christmas.  Pull out your garland, hot cocoa and jingle bells–Santa Claus is coming to town.