As you all know, Halloween is right around the corner. While I was looking around online, I came across a definition that so perfectly summed up my entire month: something called the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). October, for me, has been full of FOMO regrets as a result of so much that has happened. Throwing midterms into the mix doesn’t make it any easier!
But as they say, it’s better late than never! Here are some fun suggestions for putting more spookiness into the few days leading up to Halloween.
- Head out on town to experience many great events happening this weekend in the Henderson and Downtown areas. You can find a list of events right here.
- Carve pumpkins (of course!). You don’t need to do the giant orange ones either; if you wanna cut up a tiny pie pumpkin or a funny looking gourd then go for it!
- Aside from actual pumpkins, I like to bake Halloween-shaped sugar cookies (including lots of pumpkins) and spook them up with colored icing. What? It’s not too Christmassy! They’re pumpkin spice sugar cookies, guys.
- Next you can work off those sugar cookies with this weird pumpkin workout (Come on, we all need to try this at least once! Also, hold off on carving your pumpkin before trying this for more resistance).
- Bring a kiddo to Boo Bash this Monday!
- Read and listen to some scary stories at your local library or on Youtube (stay tuned on Tuesday for the scary story of a lifetime…)
- On Halloween night, passing out treats is the best, but try adding a healthy twist. While candy is totally the best, try including other lighter snacks like pretzels
or small fruits like clementines. You can also give out on-food treats like spooky glow-sticks, bracelets, or flashlights. Because most commercial candy isn’t totally nut-allergy safe, the Teal Pumpkin Project was created to encourage giving out these inedible treats for trick-or-treaters with nut allergies. You can read more about it here.
- Trick or treating will forever be one of my favorite childhood memories. Some of you have kids of your own, so this may be one of your default plans already. Or, if you don’t have kids, you can bring a friend or family member so you can still experience the fun that you had when you were young. Or… I don’t know how young you all look, but I can definitely pass for 12 years old if I try hard enough, so maybe just go for it! (?)
- Last but not least: whatever you do, don’t forget these tips for having a safe and healthy Halloween.