Things to Do Before Halloween

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I always think summer is my favorite season, no doubt about it, but then October comes and I'm hit with a big ol' what the heck was I thinking? The leaves changing, the constant horror movies on television, the inevitable challenge of coming up with a Halloween costume - I love it all. In fact, I've come to realize that Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. So, in the spirit of the season, I've put together this list of things to do before Halloween. Let's get to it:

Movies to Watch

  • Practical Magic: I've seen this movie a thousand times and I will probably watch it a thousand more. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as witch sisters dealing with love - what could be better?
  • Coraline: Another not quite scary movie. It may be animated, but the Other Mother is seriously creepy. If you haven't seen this one, I highly recommend it.
  • The Conjuring: A classic, scare the crap out of yourself movie. Best watched with a pal and a bowl of kettle corn on Halloween night.
  • Jennifer's Body: The weirdest of the bunch, arguably. This movie is the epitome of 2009 and seriously underrated.

Books to Read

  • The Diviners by Libba Bray: Y'all, this has a ghost serial killer and the glamour of the 1920s - a total treat in other words.
  • The Night Circus: This book is seriously magical. It's got romance, a seriously dreamy (and not filled with clowns) circus, and some of the best descriptions you'll ever read. 
  • Harry Potter: Classic for a reason. Pick your favorite and settle in.

Get Out and About

  • Pumpkin Patch: I don't know about you, but where I live, at least 5 pumpkin patches popped up out of nowhere when October hit. Grab a pal and go explore, and maybe take cute pictures while you're at it.
  • Corn maze: Ditto for above but slightly scarier. Maybe grab an extra pal for this one.
  • Haunted Houses: A lot of amusement parks tend to set up haunted houses, but so do average locals who are super into Halloween. Do a little research and find one that seems on your level scariness-wise. Can I suggest at least 2 extra pals for this one?

Costume Crafting

  • Don't be afraid to get creative! Picking a costume is super fun and you'll get endless compliments the more creative you are. But you know, if you want to be Pennywise the clown, you do you.
  • YouTube has makeup tutorials for everything. If you don't feel like putting together an outfit, a little extra effort with makeup will totally make up for that.
  • Shop your closet. You'd be surprised what you can put together with stuff you already have. Just think outside the box!

That's all I got friends! What are your favorite Halloween activities? Got any suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments!

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