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Brocail: Forget trick-or-treating and celebrate Halloween adult style

Senior Reporter

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2012 00:10

Provided by McKinzie Brocail

McKinzie Brocail demonstrates pumpkin carving as an alternative to trick-or-treating on Halloween.

As much as college students would love to knock door-to-door dressed as our favorite characters, collecting free candy on Halloween, we can’t. It’s frowned upon for college “kids” to act as kids on All Hallows Eve. We can, however, do other scary and exciting alternatives that children can’t.

Children cannot throw their own parties. They are too young. Their parents have to okay and buy everything and, of course, they can’t drink alcohol. Costume parties always feature typical Halloween monsters, like witches, ghosts and zombies. As well as the more common coquettish kitten, cheerleader and everything else that can be made into a “sexy” costume. Along with some sort of festive punch and songs like Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash” and The Clovers “Love Potion No. 9,” a party with a best costume contest is always a graveyard smash.

Organizations on campus are a great way for students to get involved on and around Halloween.

“In organizations that I’ve been in we’ve gone trick-or-treating for canned goods to donate to shelters and places that do Thanksgiving feast for the homeless,” Jessica Oswald, junior dual public relations and sociology major, said.

As esteemed college kids, we can stay up late and watch all the horror films we can handle. Movies like “Poltergeist,” “Paranormal Activity 1-3,” “Insidious” and the “Halloween” series are popular if you like suspense. Movies for the more easily frightened who still want to watch Halloween movies should opt for “The Addams Family,” “Beetlejuice” and “Hocus Pocus.” Either route, movie marathons get us ready for Halloween and are a great way to spend the spooky night.

Another way to get that adrenaline rush: haunted houses. Nothing is more terrifying than thinking you’re going to die as you run for your life from a creep with a chainsaw. (After all, you did pay for it.)

Not petrifying enough? Go on a ghost tour with your best buds or drive out to a local cemetery that’s out of the way. Be sure to take a video camera and create your own version of the “Blair Witch Project.”

If being scared isn’t your cup of tea, carve pumpkins into awesome jack-o’-lanterns.

“You’re never too old to trick-or-treat; you can just make it more interesting. Candy is delicious. You’re never too old for it,” Yenifer Ibarra, junior business major, said.

If you cannot get over not being able to trick-or-treat, go talk to your neighbors, especially if you live in an apartment complex. Have everybody buy a bag of candy and trick-or-treat your heart out at your complex or in your building.

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