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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Friday, June 14, 2024
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Festive ideas for embracing the Halloween spirit

How to celebrate going out or staying in

Halloween is almost here, ladies and gentlemen! Now is the time to get spooky through relishing the season.

With Halloween only a few weeks away, there is not a whole lot of time left if you want to plan a costume that requires a lot of detail. If you can sew and you enjoy arts and crafts, then you are already ahead of the game! However, for those of you who are a little more concerned about time, then I hope these suggestions can provide inspiration.

First of all, I can’t think of a more fun and simple costume idea than a decades theme. We all love some nostalgia here and there, so this would be perfect. In fact, there is a good chance you already have your costume in your closet (or your parents’ closet)!

In order to throw together a ‘60s or ‘70s inspired look, a tie-dye shirt, a bandana, peace sign necklace, lots of bracelets, flared jeans, a chain belt and Vans would suffice.  For a ‘70s look, opt for the Go-Go boots.

Some costumes are better in groups. A creative idea would be a deck of cards. 

Again, this costume is pretty simple if you are not super crafty or if you are rushing to prepare one for a Halloween party. All you need are white T-shirts, black leggings and red and black fabric markers. Drawing the king, queen and joker might take some effort, but this could be a cute idea, especially if playing cards is how you enjoy spending quality time with friends and family.

If you are the type of person that is planning on lying low this Halloween, then you could stay in and have a Halloween horror movie night.

Movie night is not complete without snacks, so what other way would you get festive than by arranging a Halloween charcuterie board?

In order to put together a Halloween charcuterie board, an essential piece has to be candy corn. Okay, I realize that candy corn stirs up some controversy, but why not put them out for the aesthetic? I would also include your typical Walmart candy, popcorn balls, candy apples, apple cider and hot chocolate. 

With food set up you are on your way to having a comfy, cozy Halloween night, tucked into the comforts of your own home. Now, you have to set the space.

To do this, I would gather a bunch of Halloween and fall-themed pillows and blankets, hang up orange or purple-colored lights, light candles and turn on the fireplace if you have one. 

Last but not least, find the perfect movie to set the tone for the night. 

Not everyone likes horror, and I know not everyone likes Halloween movies, so if you are wanting autumn vibes, I would suggest something like “Dead Poets Society” or “Brave.”

For something that is a little more Halloween-y, you cannot go wrong with any of the Harry Potter movies. If you really want to get in the Halloween spirit, I can’t think of a more perfect movie than “Hocus Pocus.” Of course, there are other classics like “Halloweentown” and “Scooby-Doo.” 

Finally, if you really want something scary, then “Night of the Living Dead” is a classic for Halloween. Horror might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but “The Boy,” which is about a haunted doll, is good if you like something more atmospheric and suspenseful, and “The Woman in Black” with Daniel Radcliffe has all the creeps as well. 

With Halloween around the corner, I hope these ideas can give you inspiration — no matter if you are the type to go out or if you would rather stay back home!