Halloween Do’s and Don’ts

By Erin ODonnell

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Halloween is the greatest time of year. There is candy, costumes, laughter and frights. However, before you head out for a night of thrills and terrors, know how to make your Halloween the best one ever. Follow this list of do’s and don’ts for a night you’ll forever remember!


Do— Dress Up on Halloween





Halloween is the only time of year you can dress up without people thinking you’re crazy. You can be anything you want— Wonder Woman, Jon Snow or even a sexy ghost. The possibilities are endless! And unlike childhood, you now have full say in how you dress up and who you dress up as.


Don’t— Leave Your Costume Planning for the Last Minute




While dressing up as anything you want is fun, make sure to give yourself enough time to plan your costume. You don’t want to wake up on Halloween and realize you still need an outfit for your friend’s party. Late planning means most stores will likely be out of the costume you want. Unfortunately, last minute costume ideas are rarely well executed.


Do— Hang Out With Friends




Halloween is the perfect time to hang out with your besties and watch scary movies on repeat.  You can even plan a group costume if you’re up for it. It will definitely catch the crowd’s attention at any party. Plus, it is a sure way to score major points during any costume contests!


Don’t— Drink Too Much




Partying with your friends is a great way to have fun on Halloween, but make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Halloween is one of the biggest drinking holidays around. While it might be fun to chug beer after beer that night, you will pay the consequences in the morning if you wake up with a big hangover. Plus, Halloween lands on a Tuesday this year, meaning most of you will have 9 a.m. classes you can’t afford to miss.

That said, if you do plan to drink, make sure you have a plan in place! Having a designated driver or calling a cab can make all the difference in the world. Drinking can be fun, it doesn’t need to be deadly.


Do— Try New Things




Have you been dying to go to a haunted house but just haven’t had the courage? Have you been wanting to watch a scary movie but just haven’t had the guts? Have you been yearning to visit a Pumpkin Patch but just haven’t had the chance? Well, you’re in luck! Halloween is the perfect time to try new things and expand your comfort zone. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover you’re a horror movie fan after all.


Don’t— Push Your Limits




While trying new things is good, you need to know your limits before pushing past your comfort zone. This means examining what type of horror movies you will not watch and determining what type of haunted houses are entirely off limits. While it can be fun to get scared every once in a while, it’s not fun when a little fright becomes a full-on panic attack.


Do— Eat Candy




Halloween is the best time to stock up on all your favorite treats. During this season, stores are filled wall-to-wall with fun-sized chocolates and sweets. You deserve a treat for all the hard work you put into the semester. And honestly, wouldn’t it be great if that treat came in the form of chocolate?


Don’t— Eat ALL The Candy




Let’s face it, we have all been in a situation where “one more piece of candy” ends up becoming the entire bag. Or it might just be me. Anyway, while candy is great on Halloween, make sure you save some for friends and trick-or-treaters. Your stomach will thank you later, believe me.


Do— Have Fun




Halloween only happens once a year, so make it memorable and fun! Ignore what people think of your costume. It doesn’t matter if you look scary enough or if your decorations are perfect. Forget about the world and school for a second. Just make this one night a fun and memorable time. You deserve it.