A guide to celebrating a spooktacular Halloween


Lia Reichmann

During the month of October, many people decorate inside or outside their house.

Halloween is the time of year where everyone gets excited to celebrate a fun and scary month. Here is a Halloween guide that can provide you with creative ideas on how to celebrate the holiday. In the month of October, people dress up, go do some fun activities and binge horror movies to prepare for a terrifying month. 


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A decades themed costume is a classic look for a flashback to the past.

 Group costumes always have a fun touch where the entire group can `match and get creative. It’s cute and allows people to show off their ideas. Good themes include any time from the decades or a personal favorite of mine would be the Powerpuff Girls. These costumes are all available at Party City or any other festive store. 

“I go to Party City and put on different costumes with my friends,” said Kyle Shrader, senior. 


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This pumpkin farm offers many fun activities that attract the public.

Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest is a popular location where people go to experience a fall setting. Attractions include a tractor-pulled hay ride, mega fun slides, a petting zoo and more. The pumpkin farm is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. 

Fright Fest is also another option many people like to go to. 

“I am going to Fright Fest because it is scary and it’s fun to be scared during the spooky season,” said Colleen McCarthy, sophomore.

Another way to celebrate the fall season and October would be to go to a haunted house. Haunted houses are a scary yet thrilling way to have fun. The 13th Floor is one of the more popular haunted houses in the area. Tickets cost $25 to $35 depending on the night you attend. Tickets can also be purchased at the location but online is usually cheaper. 

“I thought [13th floor] was super fun. I had a great time with my friends. The actors were all really scary and it was a great way to get in the Halloween mood,” said Ava Alessi, junior. 

If it’s too cold outside and you want to relax, watching classic Halloween movies is always a comfortable and fun option. My favorites include Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, and Casper.

Festive Decorations 

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Naqiyah Anjarwala stands outside a mini haunted house that a neighbor put in their front lawn for others to come to take a look.

 Another fun activity would also be to drive around and look at the decorations many people put up. Some people go all out and design a mini haunted house in their front lawn; the one we visited was like a maze where people can look at the decorations and get scared. 

Other decorations include putting up pumpkins at the front of the house, hanging ghosts in surrounding trees and more. 

Halloween Treats

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These pumpkin cookies are delicious and festive for Halloween.

Halloween is also the time where people like to start making Halloween-themed treats. The Pillsbury cookies are a hit and are very easy to bake. The cookies are pre-made and only need to be put in the oven for a couple of minutes. You can get these cookies at Target for $2.59; 24 are included in a box.

For people who like to decorate, there are ideas for graveyard cookies, mummy-rolled pretzel sticks and more. Another idea would be to bake cake pops and decorate them with anything related to Halloween. Buzzfeed has some tasty ideas on how to make these festive-themed treats.