MUSE: 13 Things You Can Do Before Halloween

By Olivia Shur, Staff Writer

This is Halloween./PHOTO VIA Flickr user Erwss, peace&love

1. Visit a Haunted Ship

Looking for a less traditional haunted house? Check out the Haunted Ship at the USS Salem. You’ll walk through a variety of eerie rooms, like a creepy kitchen and a child’s room filled with dolls. You’ll also learn about the ghosts that are believed to actually haunt the USS Salem – and will most likely see a few of them, as well.

2. Ghost Tours in Salem

Take this award-winning ghost tour in the historical site of the Witch Cities. The tour guides are trained paranormal investigators and are experts on all the legends and stories that originated in Salem. If you’re into ghost stories and learning about the Salem witches, this tour is definitely for you. Get your tickets here:

http://salemnighttour.homestead.com/

3. See the new version of “Carrie

If you’re a fan of the original version, be sure to see the remake starring up-and-coming teen star Chloe Grace Moretz as the lead. It’s the same classic story, with pig’s blood and telekinesis, but set in modern day.

4. Buy Candy. Lots of It

Let’s face it – your days of throwing on some kitten ears and thrusting a giant pillow case in your neighbor’s face are over. On the bright side, though, the stress of frantically searching for the house that’s giving away those giant Hershey bars and Reeses pumpkins is no longer an issue. Head on down to your local drugstore, and stock up on all your favorite goodies. Get your floor in on it, and on Halloween, you can still have that experience of trading your giant Butterfinger bar for two bags of peanut M&M’s.

5. Have a Scary Movie Marathon

Include all the classic thrillers, ghost stories, and slasher movies you can think of. Make it a floor event, and watch it in the common room. Some suggestions: “Paranormal Activity”, “Friday the 13th”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “Poltergeist”, “The Ring”, “Rosemary’s Baby”, “The Shining”, “Psycho” and, of course, “Halloween.”

6. Watch “Hocus Pocus” (and “Halloween Town” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”…)

Scary movies not for you? Tune into ABC Family every night up until midnight on Halloween to catch all of your family friendly, feel-good Halloween tales. It’ll get you in the Halloween spirit – without scaring your pants off. One that they unfortunately don’t show that’s a must watch? It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

7. Make Some Halloween Treats

Besides the usual Apple Cider and Pumpkin Pies, get creative with some fun Halloween recipes. A good place to look is Pinterest, which has an entire category just for Halloween treats you can make at home. Personal favorite: Marshmallow Frankenstein Cupcakes.

8. Go on a Hayride

If you’re looking to get out of the city for a day, this is for you. Venture a little ways out to Boston Hill Farm, located in North Andover. It’s about 30 minutes away on the T, and extra 10 minutes on the bus. They not only have hayrides, but have pumpkin patches, apple picking and even a petting zoo. They also have a bakery, where they make a variety of freshly baked pies, muffins and other tasty goodies.

9. Watch This Clip of Ellen DeGeneres Scaring People

If you hate being scared, this in an alternative option: watching other people getting scared. Watch the hilarity unfold as Ellen sends her executive producer and writer into “The Walking Dead” maze at Universal Studios.

10. Decorate Your Dorm

It may be a small space, but that’s no excuse to leave your dorm Halloween-less! Party City has an abundance of cheap decorations that will fit in your dorm, like cute streamers and stickers for your windows and door. Grab a few small pumpkins and place them around your room; or, get a jack-o-lantern and place it on your windowsill.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/152629874844896870/

11. Carve a Pumpkin…or Ten

If you choose to get those pumpkins for your dorm, get together with your floor mates and have a pumpkin carving session. If you’re stuck on coming up with ideas for carving (or don’t know how to carve a pumpkin in the first place), Google “pumpkin carvings” for some inspiration. If a lot of people carve pumpkins, place them in the common room to get more of your less-enthusiastic floor mates in the Halloween spirit. Bonus points if you name each of them.

12. Go to a Haunted House

A classic Halloween festivity – if you’re into the actual scariness of Halloween. A list of popular haunted houses in the Boston area is available here:

13. Find a Costume – An original one

Ah, the joys of costume shopping. So many choices: do you want to go for the funny costume, (for instance, a giant taco), a cute, flirty look (flapper girl, Disney princess), or, if you’re not into the costume thing, the t-shirt that says, “This is My Costume.” Costumes are the best part of Halloween. It’s the one night out of the entire year where you can literally be anything you want to be.

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