Halloween is next week and you forgot to make plans because it’s midterms season. But you’re in luck because we’ve compiled six things you can do this Halloween! Check them out below:
1. Pumpkin carving
What bonds friends better than struggling to cut open a huge gourd? Pumpkin carving is a fun activity to do with friends on or before Halloween. And don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds to bake with olive oil and salt for a crunchy, savory snack. If you’re not up for the task of carving, paint the pumpkins instead!
2. Visit a haunted house
Do you like getting scared or watching your friends scream? Or do scary things just make you laugh? Either way, you could have a good time at Jonesville’s DarkSyde Acres Haunted House for $22 on October weekends.
3. Scary movie marathon
Feel like you’re too old to go trick or treating or even dress up in costumes? Try the classic alternative: a scary movie night. Get your friends together somewhere that has cozy couches, fuzzy blankets, and hot apple cider. Make some popcorn, or get adventurous and make baked apples, and have a scary movie marathon! If you and your friends don’t like horror films, go for family-friendly classics like “ParaNorman” or “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
4. Throw a Halloween party
Remember Violet’s famous party in “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”? Consider recreating something like that this Halloween with old party activities, like a costume contest or bobbing for apples, and some new things like pumpkin bowling!
5. Hand out candy to cute kids
Want something lowkey but still want to stay involved in the holiday spirit? Children of professors and town residents love coming by the Hillsdale College dormitories and off-campus houses for trick-or-treating. Make their day with the best candy, and maybe surprise them with a costume of your own. This is also a good early-evening activity if you’ve got a test or paper due the next day.
6. Ignore Halloween and enjoy the Michigan autumn instead
Not a fan of Halloween? Then have a fall-themed hangout with friends. You could build a bonfire and roast s’mores, have an all-things-fall baking competition, watch a good autumn movie like “Dead Poets Society,” or read some autumnal poetry (if you do this, you have to slip in some Edgar Allan Poe).