The Dos and Don’ts of Halloween

3 thematically carved pumpkins /

Amira Cooper

The spookiest night of the year is full of candy, pranks, and parties, but sometimes it can turn disastrous. So, here’s a list of what people should be doing and what they should not be doing, to make Halloween the best night it can possibly be.

Do: Have a costume that you’re comfortable in.

People shouldn’t have to wear risky costumes to fit in. I am not saying that you can’t wear a risky costume of course, but what I am saying is that you should be comfortable in the costume you’re wearing on Halloween. If you want to wear a onesie, go ahead! If you want to make your own costume, go ahead! It’s your body, and you should be wearing something that makes you feel amazing and happy all night long!

Don’t: Be basic.

I’m not trying to attack anyone here. I am trying to encourage them to be original with their costumes. If you want to dress up as your favorite anime characters then please do! If you want to create your own character, your own ultimate persona, then have fun with it! Halloween is another night to show another side of yourself and to be passionate about it. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not see forty black cats with the same ears and tails on Halloween night.

Do: Go trick-or-treating.

A uniquely carved Halloween pumpkin / Jess Explains

Trick-or-treating is a timeless tradition for all ages. You might be twenty-four and on your last year of college, but none of that matters with trick-or-treating. Age is but a number in this indulging activity. What is not to love about free candy and spooky pranks. Trick-or-treating is a scared part of Halloween! It should not be ignored because you feel embarrassed to do it. Forget the opinions of others, the only opinion that matters is yours. So, stuck up on as much candy as possible!

Do: Have fun with Halloween.

We’re all in college, so we have the freedom to dress how we want and break the boundaries that we were always scared to break. Go to a party, stay in and chow down on candy, go to the movies to see a scary movie. There is so much that we can do now on this beloved night and it only seems right to take advantage of these new opportunities. Think of dressing up in college as one of the last times you might dress up for Halloween. The clock is ticking!

Don’t: Forget to be safe.

Celebrating Halloween does not mean have so much fun that you become intoxicated and make crazy decisions. If you are intoxicated, legally, then have a friend that has not consumed alcohol be the designated driver for the night. Do not go out on this night alone! This dark night is fun when you have your friends or family with you. You’re not invincible on the night you wear a superhero costume. You’re still vulnerable and you need to make sure that you are safe at all times.

Enjoy Halloween with unique costumes, candy, and friends! It is one of the nights that you might not be able to celebrate so freely later in your life. You are not required to go all out for this night, so don’t pressure yourself to do things that will make you uncomfortable. Make as many memories as possible because Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Happy Halloween!