Can you smell it? The pumpkin-spice aroma wafting from coffee cups? It’s the holiday season that’s almost upon us. I’ve already started to see Christmas decorations in stores. It’s outrageous. But that’s not what this is about. I’m focusing on the more critical upcoming holiday.

This Sunday, October 1st, marks the beginning of the best month of the year. The month leading up to Halloween. So much to do to prepare, so little time! However, if you’re not as inspired as I am, here’s a list of the best Halloween activities that you can do all month long to get hyped for Halloween:

  1.  Pumpkin picking and carving

This activity can take up a whole day of gooey fun. First stop: Weber’s Cider Mill Farm for the pumpkins. It’s only a 15 minute drive and you’re able to pick the best pumpkins, big or small depending on your carving aspirations. Then you can bring your findings back and let your creative juices flow.

  1. Watch some Halloween movie classics

Do you want to be scared out of your mind? Or are you more a thriller person? Either way, there are plenty of Halloween classic to choose from. A couple of my personal favorites are The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

  1. Haunted houses, mazes, and more!

There are plenty of options if you want to have a more real-life scare experience. One of the local ones includes Field of Screams in Olney, Maryland. This outdoor “scream park” opened on September 22nd and you can enjoy it through November 4th.

  1. Plan an amazing costume

You’ve had all year to think about it. There’s no excuse for pulling together a lame costume the day before Halloween. Are you going to wear something scary, funny, or sweet? No matter which one you pick, try to be creative and unique!

  1. Eat lots of candy

October is right in the middle of the semester. Midterms are coming up and I’m sure schoolwork is piling up right around now. Take advantage of this holiday and eat lots of candy! You deserve it.


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