‘Tis the (Halloween) Season

Now that autumn has arrived, ‘tis the season to get spooky! Halloween is fast approaching, and with it comes all the beloved traditions of the fall season. First of all, there’s the obvious benefit of the free candy. Besides the edible appeal, however, Halloween also brings fun costume parties, creepy haunted houses, and beloved Halloween movies! The fall season is also a chance to try out new seasonal styles, recipes, or even a handmade costume.

Making your own Halloween costume doesn’t have to be difficult or require lots of crafting skill. Make Magazine, for example, has multiple articles on do-it-yourself costumes ranging from basic complexity to highly intricate, like Frankenstein’s monster. It’s a fun, low-cost way to dress up and can make for a fun activity with friends! If you want to make your own costume but don’t know what you want to make, one popular DIY costume is an emoji. Creating an emoji costume is simple because all you need is the proper color of felt, glue, and a pair of scissors. And, in some cases, you won’t need craft supplies at all and can just put together some of your clothes to make a recognizable emoji ensemble. For example, if you want to do a costume in a pair, you can try out the dancing girls emoji. All you would need is a black top and shorts and a black headband with floppy ears attached. Besides this one example, of course, there’s countless others you could try! Magazines, blogs, and sites like Pinterest are full of inspiration. This Halloween season, try creating an original costume and see where it takes you!

There are so many fun things about Halloween, but my favorite thing to do is watch Halloween movies. Some of my favorites are Halloweentown, Twitches, Hocus Pocus, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and The Addams Family. All of these movies are so much fun to watch for all ages. Halloweentown is about a young girl named Marnie who follows her grandma back home to Halloweentown and learns about her magical abilities. This trilogy is so much fun to watch because you get to see Marnie as she grows up and becomes a powerful young witch. Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too, is about two girls finding each other and learning that they are not only twins, but witches with magical powers as well. My favorite things about all of these movies is that not only are they a fun seasonal pastime, but that they can be enjoyed as a group with your family or some friends, and it puts everyone in a festive mood.

Another way to incorporate seasonal activities into your quality time with loved ones is attending Halloween parties, visiting haunted houses, or participating in holiday events at places like Swank Farms or Great America. And of course, pumpkin patches are always a good option for a Halloween outing!

Whether you’re enthusiastic about Halloween or not, it is always fun to see what creative costumes other people pull off, and if nothing else, it’s an excuse to enjoy some candy! Here at Catalina, the holiday is accompanied by the annual tradition of Halloween dinner, which the freshman are getting prepared to put on.