Ten Easy Steps to Get Your Halloween On

Have you noticed the cold tinge in the air? 

That’s not just the temperature dropping, that’s Death slowly taking center stage.  Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, marks the passage of the season–harvest is over, plants are withering, and the leaves, despite their colorful defiance, are dying.  Many cultures have believed in this night when the dead walk the earth, and different practices evolved into the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and trick-or-treating of today.  We can’t keep winter away, but don’t let this day of spooky revelry pass you by.  Start Halloweening!

Here are some ideas:

1)   Take this Zombie Bite quiz.  Then make your friends take it.  This is good for figuring out which friends you really want on your team in case of a zombie apocalypse – which is even more likely to occur on or near Halloween.

2)   Read a ghost story.  “Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” by M.R. James is perfect to read at night, in bed, right before you go to sleep. Check out this list for more recommended ghost stories.

3)   Carve a pumpkin! If you didn’t get a real one, find a pumpkin carving simulator online like this one.  Check your smart phones for similar apps. 

4)   November 2nd is Plan Your Own Epitaph Day. Get ready by writing gravestone inscriptions for yourself and your friends.  Do a web search for “humorous gravestones” to get inspired by real epitaphs like this:

Here lies Ann Mann
Who lived an old maid
But died an old Mann
Dec. 8, 1767

5)   Is Halloween too scary for you? Keep it cute and make a Halloween toy!

6)   Eat candy.

7)   Discover your true love.  Historically, British teens believed Halloween to be an auspicious time for love, and would play games and conduct rituals to foresee their future mate.  Here’s one: at midnight, light a candle in front of a mirror.  Eat an apple while combing your hair.  You should see your true love’s face appear behind you.  And if it doesn’t work…well, that apple was good for you after all that candy.

8)   Get your friends together and play Werewolf.

9)   Read one of the first vampire novels.  Way before Bella, and Buffy, and even Dracula himself, there was Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.  A mysterious young woman, Carmilla, shows up one day at the home of another young woman, Laura.  At first Carmilla seems really cool.  She and Laura become BFFs (with some serious flirting going on besides).  But then things start to get weird…

10)   Last and far from least: Get costumed!  Here are two of the easiest ideas ever: 1) Be a page in a school annual: tape a school photo of yourself to a white shirt. Carry around a black marker and have everyone sign your shirt.  2) Tape a cereal box to your shirt, spatter with fake blood, stab in a plastic knife for good measure. You’re a cereal killer.

Happy Halloween!

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