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The 7 Best Alternative Trick-Or-Treating Ideas

So maybe you’re too old to knock on people’s doors and ask for candy this year. The egging, shaving cream fights, and hayrides were so last year! We are so lucky to live in a bustling city filled with endless activities to engage in during this spooky season. Well here’s a great list of spooky themed activities for the Halloween lovers and the scaredy-cats alike!

1. Movie Night If the weather is less than cooperative, this is probably your best option. Invite your friends over, make some Halloween Treats, and settle in for a night full of terror! Whether you choose a classic like Halloween, a modern horror movie like Insidious, or a throwback like Disney’s Twitches, there are plenty of festive films out there to enjoy!But where do you get the best movies? First stop, Netflix. Netflix is really good about keeping their movies seasonally fitting. I personally recommend The Blair Witch Project and Scream. If you can’t find anything on Netflix, check out Haggerty Library for DVDs of classic Halloween movies. Looking for a newer title? Check out the Redbox by 7-Eleven (look up some coupon codes to get a new movie for the night for less than $1).Pro Tip: Stock your movie spot with blankets and pillows because we all know you might want to cover your eyes!

2. Festive Study SeshSometimes the stress of studying gets the best of us, especially as November rolls around. That being said, just because you’re busy studying doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the festivities!Make it an event, invite some ladies over, get some studying done, and take some time to relax. Light some pumpkin scented candles, slab on a homemade facemask, and fill up a bowl of candy to get into the spirit all while keeping up with school and getting work done!Pro Tip: Help combat the effects of dry fall air on your skin by mixing half an avocado with a spoonful of plain yogurt and honey for an ultra moisturizing “witches” facemask.

3. Night on the Town!Like I said, living in the big city of Philly really does play to our advantage this time of year! There are so many events going on it’s hard to keep track. If you’re looking to be scared out of your mind, check out Eastern State Penitentiary, Fright Factory, or Pennhurst Asylum. For an unconventional haunted house option, check out the Ghost Tour of the Olympia. This former war vessel ensures a creepy walk through a historic battleship. I highly recommend checking out Philly’s complete list of all Halloween happenings around town!Pro Tip: Book your tickets ahead of time, look for student discounts, and check out CAB’s events this season.

4. Decorate and DIYHalloween is a time to be crafty, between creating your costume, painting your face, and decorating pumpkins, the projects never end! If you’re staying in this year, save the pumpkin decorating until the night of Halloween and have a DIY party with your girlfriends. You can even make it a contest and give out prizes for the best design! For awesome design ideas, click here.Pro Tip: Ask your RA or D&M major friends to borrow their art supplies instead of splurging on paints and carving kits.

5. Baked GoodsWhat says Halloween more than sweets?! Forget about the prepackaged candy and pumpkin spice lattes, make your own spooky treats! Cookies in the form of pumpkins and cupcakes in the form of black cats? Yes, please!Pro Tip: Pinterest is the go-to for any baking project. So, start pinning and planning on how to satisfy your sweet tooth.

6. Talk to the DeadIf you’re feeling brazen, how about channeling the dead? You can buy a Ouija board on Amazon and talk to the ghosts and ghouls who will undoubtedly be out and about on All Hallows Eve! Warning: don’t do this alone, didn’t you see Ouija the movie (if not, add it to your queue!)?!Pro Tip: Target and ToysRUs usually carry the board game in stores.

7. Reverse Trick-or-TreatingMaybe you’re too old to ask strangers for candy, but what about turning the tables and giving strangers candy? We promise, it’s not as creepy as it sounds! Reverse trick-or-treating is a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit and brighten someone’s day in the process. Put on your costume, grab a friend, and go knock on some doors! Watch how many smiles you inspire!

Be sure to have fun and enjoy every aspect of Halloween this season—great movies, eats, and activities—no matter how busy you are! Don’t let this fun filled holiday slip by, check out the events going on in the city or celebrate from the comfort of your own home. Have a spooky, fun filled weekend no matter how you choose to enjoy this Halloween! Be safe, collegiettes!

Dyana is a pre-junior at Drexel University with a double major in marketing and finance.  She is often stuck on campus studying for her majors, but in her free time she loves to explore what the city has to offer.  Dyana also loves to exercise and stay active all year round; she is always trying new workouts and researching the best way to stay active.  As a closet writer, she is excited to publish her work for Her Campus Drexel! 
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