I. GET SPOOKED
“Life’s no fun without a good scare!” -The Nightmare Before Christmas
Spooky = exciting and new, which most people are naturally drawn to. Just watch out for clowns!
II. Time to let my freak flag fly (thank you Amy Poehler).
Dress crazy! I’m unfortunately preoccupied with the way I look most of the time, and I figure that my personality is weird enough so my wardrobe doesn’t need to match. Bur THIS WEEK, this BOO-TIFUL DAY is the time for me to pull out that wacky dress, spooky socks and do all the crazy makeup I love, not to mention wearing it free of (most) judgement. And that’s damn good enough for me.
III. Piggy-backing off #2, dressing up is fun!
I love comfy clothes as much as then next fleecy-leggings-owning person, but once in a while it’s SO NICE to go all out and feel the way you look, and Halloween is the perfect time to do that. Look as witchy-weird as your heart desires, because that’s what this time is for! Being something you’re not is what this holiday is all about.
You get it 😉
V. You find the coolest people on Halloween.
Not everyone is into dressing up, and that’s fine. Those people can have their regular parties with their regular outfits and regular non-themed beverages all they want, and it’ll always be the same.
I’m more interested in the ones who see the potential and excitement in this holiday and indulge in it! I’m not saying everyone should blow all their money on an elaborate costume (I certainly can’t, thanks to my cash-absent state provided by college), but for the love of apple cider, just TRY! Put some effort in! Snap out of the apathy and too-cool-for-school mindset and have fun being something you’re not!
The people who legitimately go for it with their get-ups on Halloween tend to be the people you’ll have the most fun with, because they’re not afraid to let their freak-flags fly either (once again, bless Amy Poehler).
VI. Pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns!
Going to a pumpkin patch every autumn has always been something I look forward to. The crisp air, the gorgeous leaves, and every pumpkin a different shape, size, and color from the last. I usually go home with more than one, because how can I say no?
VII. CATS + SUPERSTITION + WEIRD SHIT = YES
I love cats. They’re fuzzy, funny and weird; an amazing combo. I especially love black cats because of all the creepy superstition around them (also, wouldn’t you want to cuddle a squirmy black fur ball? You sir, in the back shaking your head, you can take your cat phobia and leave, thank you very much). These fluffy weirdos are all over the place around Halloween (not the man I asked to leave, I meant the cats…..).
Not to mention that so much weird stuff goes on during this holiday! For instance, the festival in Salem, Massachusetts every year that’s full of cool Wiccan stuff and witch trial history. Even if you’re not into it, this is the best time to get that curiosity out of your system and expand your knowledge.
VIII. Halloween movies and TV
Where do I begin?! The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, Hocus Pocus, Silver Bullet, The Shining, Poltergeist, American Werewolf in London, Lost Boys, Edward Scissorhands, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
Not to mention almost every TV show will spit out a special Halloween episode, with Bob’s Burgers being among my favorites. Other shows like American Horror Story that are already spooky all the time crank out even weirder, underpants-soiling episodes this week too.
It’s a smorgasbord of ghostly, ghoulish television!
IX. Crazy kids
As much as I believe you’re never too old to dress up for Halloween, this holiday is really all about the kids. I remember having SO MUCH FUN on Halloween when I was younger; getting all the candy, walking around with friends and my Dad always finding different ways to spook me. Those are some of my favorite childhood memories, and it’s heartwarming to see other kids experiencing the same things.
Plus, no one goes all out on costumes like little kids. Seeing all the weird, creative stuff they come up with always brings a smile.
X. Pranks and mischief
I personally love messing with my friends and pulling little pranks, so Halloween is the perfect excuse to do a little something extra. Here’s a few ideas:
- The classic jump scare, always a great go-to.
- Hide a fake creature you know your friend is afraid of in a place they go to or use often. My favorite is getting a rubber spider with a realistic texture and hiding it in their pillowcase. I learned this one from my old man!
- Here’s a good one for a significant other or roommate: When they’re showering, write “I see you” or “I’m watching you” in the condensation on the bathroom mirror. You could also do this on their car window if it was a frosty night or a dewy morning. It never fails to work on me, since I have an undying fear of being stalked or spied on.
XI. Spooky histories and ghost stories
‘Tis the season for urban legends. Even though scary stories can be a lot of fun, the best part is the actual storytelling among friends. The people you’re around and the way the story is told really influences the effect it has.
Holiday traditions like pumpkin picking and trick or treating are great, but the ones like watching a specific movie while eating a certain kind of candy at midnight every year or taking pictures in the same spot can provide the best Halloween memories.
XIII. The moral of this wacky list?
Don’t be afraid to have fun and do crazy stuff for Halloween! Too many people dismiss it as a meaningless holiday just for little kids, but it can be a fantastic time to let loose and enjoy some spooky mischief with your friends and enjoy dressing crazy for a night or two. You’d best believe I’ll be rocking some crazy makeup this year!
Have a safe and fun HALLOWEEN!