8 Things to Do for Halloween


Olivia Zhu

Halloween is this month! If you celebrate it, here are some things to do to celebrate the spooky cheer!

1.Decorate your locker

School lockers are always too plain (and dingy)–why not spice it up with a few pumpkins or spider cutouts? You can also stick on some magnetic strips and attach your own paper designs of any kind! If you share a locker and your partner is willing, cling some fake spiderwebs inside to really get into the Halloween spirit.

2. Make a costume

A classic part of Halloween is the disguises. Whether you want to go with the old-fashioned sheet-ghost costume or try something more elaborate, making a costume is a great way to let your creative side come out. If it’s convenient and school appropriate, wear it to school!

3. Movie marathon

Whether you’re watching classics like The Exorcist, The Conjuring, and The Shining, or reboots like Hocus Pocus 2 and Halloween Ends, kick back and grab some popcorn to enjoy a blood-chilling night of movies.

4. Carve a squash

Carving pumpkins for Halloween is the norm, but why not pull out some squash and gourds? Their different shapes, sizes, and colors make a treasured tradition even more unique. Butternut, honey nut, and acorn squash are excellent choices. What’s more, you can bake and eat them as a Halloween snack. 

5. Create a candy wreath

Another great art and crafts activity is making a candy wreath. Simply bend some wire into a circle and then use yarn to tie pieces of candy to it. Play around with color sequences and different types of wrappers. When you’re done, enjoy the flourish candy in front of you!

6. Pumpkin patch photoshoot

Looking for the perfect fall photoshoot? Pumpkin patches are a great place to capture some photos! Pumpkins are amazing props–you can get really creative with them! Heise Pumpkin Patch and Kalsheuecher’s Pumpkin Patch are both amazing places to go to.

7. Attend a local Halloween event

There are many Halloween and fall-themed events that are happening throughout October in Madison. For example, on Friday the 28th, there will be a Halloween Hustle 5k marathon, a Halloween egg hunt in Monona, and an ice show at the Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton. 

8. Scary stories read-aloud

Gather a group of friends and pull out some Alvin Schwartz! Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones are must-haves for Halloween reading! Enjoy the spooky stories and have fun with voicing the different characters.