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Get Hype For Halloween

Halloween is one of the most fun days of the year, but the spook doesn’t need to be confined to just one day. Now that it’s October, it’s time to start the enjoyment that continues throughout the entire month! This article will serve to remind you of how amazing the month of October can be and to get you excited for the festivities!

First, I think it’s important to understand the history of Halloween, so here’s a quick run-down:

Originally, Halloween was a festival in ancient times, and costumes were worn to ward off evil spirits! There’s a really interesting article on the evolution of Halloween and how it came to be on the History Channel’s website:


Now, here are some of the best things about the month of October leading up to Halloween:

1. Decorating Your Room

Shown here is a picture of a room decorated by sophomore Danielle Adams:

According to Danielle, some of the best local places to get cheap spooky decorations are:

Dollar Tree: Creepy Cloth, Spiders, Spider Webs, Skeleton Men, Skulls, Flowers, Owl

Amazon: Pumpkin Lights

Goodwill: Pumpkin Garlands, Mini Pumpkin Buckets, Clown

2. Halloween-Themed Clothing

From blankets, to sweaters, to T-shirts, to socks, this is the only month during which it’s socially acceptable to wear your Halloween clothes. It’s time to bust out the pumpkin sweaters and orange socks. 

3. Halloween Movies

Halloween movies are a great way to get into the spooky spirit. Freeform is doing an entire month of Halloween movies. I’ll repeat: AN ENTIRE MONTH OF HALLOWEEN MOVIES! Here’s a link to their schedule:


4. Halloween Music

I’ve made a list of some lovely gems to get you in the spooky mood:

“Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett

“Disturbia” by Rihanna

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

“This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas 

“Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

5. Costumes

This is probably one of the most creative aspects of Halloween. Luckily, this year Halloween is on a Wednesday, so I’m thinking costumes for the weekend before and the weekend after? Anyone else? While coming up with costume ideas is a great way to be creative, when deciding on a costume it’s important to remember to make sure that it is not offensive to any individual or any individual’s culture! 

Overall, I think Halloween is super fun, and the festivities should not be confined to just one day. The month of October is a great time for spooks and some good old Halloween fun!

“Be a Hallo-winner” – Danielle Adams ’21

Greta Raser is a sophomore at DePauw University. She is involved in the Environmental Fellows Program, Sustainability Leadership Program, and Timmy Global Health. She is from Cincinnati, OH and enjoys running, hiking, biking and spending time outdoors.
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