I am a summer beach baby, but I can’t deny my love for October. It’s one of my favorite months of the year for many reasons, one of them being Halloween and the other being pumpkins (yes, I’m basic like that). Every October, I try to squeeze in as many fun fall activities as I can. In New York, October typically near-perfect weather, which is awesome. The problem is that there are so many awesome things to do before Halloween that it can be overwhelming.
Want to have the best month ever and make your Halloween even more enjoyable? I have more than a few ideas on how to do that. I think you’ll be able to squeeze these activities in after schoolwork! Here are 15 fun things you absolutely must do before Halloween in order to have a great time this month. Follow this bucket list and become happy! It sounds corny, but I promise, it will work.
Visit A Spooky TownHalloween is a huge holiday here in the U.S., so it makes sense that lots of little towns all over the country get into the spirit of things. Some of spooky histories, others are just in a gorgeous location. Take, for example, Salem, Massachusetts (pictured here). Salem has all of that witch burning history, and they REALLY go for it on Halloween. There are spooky cemetery tours, lots of theme restaurants, and tons of creepy history. I went last year, and it was so much fun. If you're in New York, the town of Sleepy Hollow is also an awesome place to visit. Need more ideas? Read this list! Source: Instagram
Go To Halloween Horror Nights At Universal StudiosIf you're in Florida or are able to take a trip down to Orlando, I highly suggest going to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. I just went, and guys, it was awesome. At dusk, the park closes down and gets all Halloween-ified. Not only are there nine haunted houses to choose from, but there are also five different Scare Zones throughout the park. There are tons of spooky characters walking around, so everywhere you go, it feels like Halloween. Like I said, I just came back from HHN. I went to all nine haunted houses, and my favorites were the house for Insidious and the house for The Purge. My favorite thing about Halloween Horror Nights is that everything is amazingly executed. Costumes, makeup, and scenery are incredibly real-looking because they're done by a movie studio. Nothing is cheesy and everything was genuinely spooky. Besides being scary, it was also just an awesome atmosphere to be in. I left wishing it was Halloween! One more thing to point out: this year, 2015, is the 25th anniversary of HHN, making it extra special. So, if you're going to plan a trip to Orlando, this is the time to do it! Source: Universal Studios
Or At Least Go To A Haunted HouseIf you can't make it down to Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights, I'm sorry. I guess you can go to another haunted house though. It may not be as professional, but it will still be fun. In all seriousness, visiting haunted houses is one of my favorite things about October. It's so much fun to be scared by creepy characters and crazy sets. Plus, this makes a great date night, because it gives you a legit reason to jump on your crush. Just saying. Source: iStock
Visit Harry Potter World In Universal StudiosIsn't there just something about Harry Potter that makes you think of Halloween? Maybe it's because it's about witches and wizards and other spooky things, or maybe it's just because Harry Potter is amazing and you should always think about it? Anyway. If you're able to make it down to Orlando, Florida to go to Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights, you obviously have to also go to Harry Potter World. During my trip down there, I went to HP World for the first time ever and I was basically in heaven. My suggestions: get to the park early, hit up Diagon Alley and then Hogsmeade, and use the Hogwarts Express to get around. Make sure you get two Butterbeers: one original and one frozen. Also, buy as many Pumpkin Juices as you can, because those are delicious. Eat in the Three Broomsticks for lunch. Buy yourself some candy from the candy shops (Chocolate Frogs are so good), and also buy a sweatshirt. And stay as long as you can and pretend you're at Hogwarts! Source: Universal Studios
Build The Perfect CostumeHalloween is obviously all about wearing the perfect costume. Buying a costume is so boring. Instead, make a DIY one! We have so many ideas on the site that you can check out (take a look at this page). This brilliant idea of a bloody tampon and a period stain needs to be done by at least one reader on our site. Source: Instagram
Have A SeanceWhen I was younger, I always used to do this with my friends. We would grab blankets and hot chocolates, and go outside in the dark, sit on the lawn, and have a seance. Dust off your old Ouija board and do it this year! It's a little silly, but also, you kind of can't help but get in the spirit of things. Source: iStock
Make A Fall Inspired BreakfastWhy a fall breakfast? Because breakfast food is the best food, obviously. Last weekend, I made pumpkin pancakes that were SO easy and so amazingly delicious. Treat your family or your significant other or just yourself and make something pumpkin or apple flavored. Source: Instagram
Buy Halloween DecorationsEven if you don't have your own place, you can still buy Halloween decorations! I love holiday decorations in general, but Halloween ones are definitely the best. Just having a few skull candles or pumpkin mugs nearby will make you excited for the holiday and really put you in the spirit of things. My favorite places to go? Marshall's or Home Goods because the prices are AMAZING. Source: Marshalls
Eat All The Halloween Candy PossibleUh, do I need to explain this one? I hope not. There is something about a Snickers pumpkin that is way more delicious than a regular Snickers. Let's not forget about everything else being offered. Go crazy! Source: iStock
Hike Through The FoliageFall foliage is one of the best things about fall. October is also a month when the weather makes it nice to be outside - in most places, it's not too warm, and not too cold, which is great. I love going for hikes during October to breathe in the crisp air and crunch through leaves like a little kid, and just enjoy the colorful leaves all around. It sounds corny, but it's fun! Make it a hiking date or just go with friends. Source: iStock
Go Pumpkin and Apple PickingYeah, everyone goes pumpkin and apple picking every year, but so what? It's genuinely a fun activity! Finding the perfect pumpkin is extremely satisfying, and apples picked straight from the farm area always better than the ones you buy at the store. Make sure you go somewhere that also sells treats like caramel apples and kettle corn popcorn. Source: iStock
Carve PumpkinsAnother cliche October activity, but carving pumpkins will never get old. Have some fun with it and do something you came up with on your own, or look through the Internet for free design patterns. When you light them and see how great they look, you'll feel so excited for Halloween. Source: iStock
Make Pumpkin SeedsI look forward to October every year mainly for the pumpkin seeds. Just kidding. Not really. Toasted pumpkin seeds are BOMB. They are seriously delicious and amazing. We have some cool and easy recipes for you to try (just watch the video with Jamie!), but they're also delicious just with a little salt and pepper. Source: iStock
Grab A Starbucks Fall Cup Before They're All GoneI wish I was kidding, but I'm not. I freakin' love these Starbucks fall cups. They are so adorable. Starbucks came up with a genius marketing plan, to be honest. So go out and get a pumpkin spice latte in a fall cup and put the picture on Instagram, you basic bitch. You know you want to (I did). Source: Instagram
Have A Scary Movie MarathonScary movies are the best around Halloween. Grab your crush, S.O., or some friends and make a night of it. My *personal* favorites are Scream, Hocus Pocus, The Shining, The Craft, and It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Watch whatever you like! Just make lots of popcorn. Source: iStock
Which of these bucket list ideas is your favorite? What are you going to try? What did we forget? Tell me in the comments.