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Halloween How-To’s | Ali Youel
by: Ali Youel
Halloween is upon us; haunted houses, pumpkin pie, scary stories, and costumes galore. October is my favorite month, solely because of pumpkin pie and the excuse to dress up in hilarious get up. Here are some ideas and reviews to get your spooky on.
Haunted Hotel-Let me preface this by saying I am not one for jump scares. At all. It costs $20 to get in for ten to fifteen minutes of pure fear. The Haunted Hotel doesn’t disappoint. There are non-stop jump scares from start to finish, and I definitely didn’t cry. (I probably did, I blacked out from fear after thirty seconds.)
Pillsbury Sugar Cookies. The ones with the ghosts on them. The best part of halloween…by a landslide. Baking these cookies is one of the highlights of the fall season. I mean they are warm, sweet, delicious. What else could you ask for from sugar cookies with a cartoon on them? I could (and have) eaten dozens in a sitting. No shame here.
Costumes-I love to dress up. Thrift stores have a wide range of costumes and garments that can be easily made into costumes. You can be a cat, basic but classic, a ghost, angel, devil, witch; the list goes on. Buzzfeed has many fun articles and How-To’s on how to make fun costumes out of things already in your closet. Pinterest, my favorite procrastination destination, has thousands of ideas to impress your friends. There are always fun couple costumes too; salt and pepper, Mickey and Minnie, Han Solo and Leia Organa, Arthur and Buster, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and ketchup and mustard.
Pumpkin Patches-The best photo op. I absolutely love pumpkin patches, there are tons of beautiful pumpkins, ready to be carved into fun faces. Filled with bouncy-castles, petting zoos, and tons of fun attractions, pumpkin patches are a fabulous way to get into the Halloween spirit. Bates Nut Farm may be a little bit longer of a drive than The Pumpkin Station, but has a corn maze and more. Bates Nut Farm is always a fun experience, I mean, who doesn’t love seeing pumpkins that weigh into the triple digits? I am very excited to go to Bates Nut Farm and finally outsmart the corn maze.
All-in-all, October is a great month for your instagram, and your spirit. Get out there and go to Scream Zone or The Haunted Hotel, pick out the perfect–and over-priced–pumpkin, and eat some pumpkin themed food. But, I beg you, don’t get a pumpkin spice latte. I mean love fall, but seriously? Just have some of the sugar cookies with ghosts on them.