By Juliana Alba

Don’t know what to do for Halloween this year? Me too! 

Just kidding, I have a few ideas for this year’s Spooky Season from snacks to movies and other fun activities to do this year! 

Movies/TV Shows

For those who want to keep the Halloween spirit alive inside their homes this year, watching spooky movies and shows could be the way to go. The eeriness of watching movies alone on Halloween night is one of my favorite feelings ever, so here are some of my favorites to watch: 

  • Stop Motion Classics: 
    • Coraline 
    • Chicken Run 
    • Monster House
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas 
    • Corpse Bride 
  • Horror Films (the scary, funny, and utterly disturbing):    
    • Us 
    • Scary Movie franchise
    • Midsommar
    • The Silence of the Lambs 
    • Blair Witch Project 
  • Documentaries that are scary because they are real: 
    • Wrinkles the Clown 
    • The Social Dilemma 
    • Abduction in Plain Sight 
    • The Imposter 
  • Shows 
    • Gravity Falls
    • My Babysitter’s a Vampire
    • The Aadams Family 
    • Over the Garden Wall 
    • Courage the Cowardly Dog 

Snacks

Feeling hungry on Halloween? Maybe making a snack or two might help you get into the spirit. Here are some simple but delicious recipes for a quick Halloween treat. 

Witch Hats

Ingredients:

  • Waffle Cones
  • Melted Chocolate 
  • Oreos 
  • Frosting
  • Instructions: 
  • Simply begin by cutting the waffle cone into the size you would like to make the hat. Afterward fill in the cone with melted chocolate just make sure that you leave the chocolate for a bit in order for it to harden inside the cone. At this point, it should look similar to the end of a Drumstick. Then place the cone on top of an oreo (pointy side up). Then use any excess melted chocolate to coat the entirety of it. Now let this chill inside the fridge until solid. Lastly add frosting onto the cone for any final touches like brim. And that’s it, you have an edible witch hat! 

Round Ghosts

Ingredients:

  • Butter 
  • Marshmallow 
  • Popcorn 
  • White Chocolate 
  • Candy Eyeballs 
  • Instructions: 
  • Start off by putting butter and marshmallows into a pan and heat until completely melted. After it is completely melted add onto popcorn and make sure it is well incorporated to allow the marshmallows to act as glue for the popcorn. Then form the popcorn into balls, and at this point, you can dip the popcorn ball into melted white chocolate. Before the chocolate chills add the candy eyeballs. And you’re done! Some nice ghostly popcorn balls for a nice halloween treat. 

Activities

To get the obvious out of the way, trick or treating will always be a Halloween stample, most people argue that it’s a timeless activity for all. However, if you’re planning to change it up a bit for this year, here are some other fun ideas for Halloween night: 

  • Go to a haunted house
    • Although this option might not be for the faint of heart, this is one of my most favorite things to do on halloween. Especially when going with others that are terrified, watching other people get scared is a pastime that I enjoy a bit too much. But, if watching others or yourself get scared at a regular haunted house isn’t enough for anyone out there, going to an amusement park this year might be the right choice. 
  • Take spooky pictures 
    • This is an activity that can definitely be done year round no doubt about it. But, I think that the Halloween spirit helps create an atmosphere that can just be felt through an image. I would recommend dressing up in a fun costume and going to a location that screams Halloween. Going to a corn maze, an abandoned house, or even just going to random locations can make for a funny picture. 
  • Go to a pumpkin patch 
    • I feel that nothing really encapsulates Halloween into a fruit as much as pumpkins. And a pumpkin patch is the perfect way to spend your Halloween this year. From all the different activities that they provide I think it’s one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween. From mazes, fun games, contests, to petting zoos, pumpkin patches have some of the most diverse of activities. In addition, all of the best autumn/fall inspired food is definitely worth it. And obviously pumpkins. Carving funny/scary faces onto them is a pastime I enjoy too much. All these different things are what make pumpkin patches one of my favorite Halloween activities.