Fall has officially started, which means it’s finally acceptable to go all out for the Halloween season. Here are five ways to prepare for the best season of the year.
- Decorate, decorate, decorate
Halloween is a great excuse to cover your walls in bats, creepy pictures, and spooky signs. If you’re like me, you have certain Halloween decor up year-round, but there’s always room for more once fall starts. If you’re on a tight budget, dollar stores have tons of cute Halloween and fall decor and supplies for you to DIY wreaths, wall hangings, signs, and more!
Decorate your bedroom, kitchen, and your desk at work if you find yourself with too many decorations. A fun decoration sure to spread the spooky season spirit is a Halloween-themed bowl filled with candy placed in an area where friends, family, or coworkers can see and enjoy.
2. Pull out the spooky outfits
The weather is changing! It may not feel like fall for long in some places, but take advantage of the weather while you can. Pull out those Halloween t-shirts and handmade grandma sweaters with cute little Halloween bears you found at Goodwill. Wear those Halloween socks you got on clearance last year. Opt for some all-black outfits and pair some fun Halloween earrings that will really stand out.
Consider buying some seasonal sweaters or shirts from small businesses for unique designs. Many small jewelry businesses also have affordable Halloween and fall jewelry such as necklaces and earrings that can really pull together your spooky outfits.
3. Drink every seasonal drink
Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, local coffee shops, and plenty of fast-food restaurants now have their fall drinks on the menu! If you enjoy pumpkin, Starbucks has their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino! Dunkin’ has its own Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and pumpkin-flavored coffees.
If you’re not a pumpkin fan, you can try the apple drinks instead! Dunkin’ has an Apple Cranberry Dunkin’ Refresher as well as an Apple Cranberry Dunkin’ Coconut Refresher. Starbucks has an Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato, an Apple Crisp Macchiato an Apple Crisp Frappuccino. Be sure to check out your local coffee shops for other seasonal drinks too!
4. Spend way too much money in the Halloween section
This is probably my favorite way to get into the spooky season spirit. Target’s Hyde & EEK! Boutique is a personal favorite. You can find cute decor, party favors, costumes, and candy there. Michael’s has an amazing selection of Halloween decor separated into different collections with different aesthetics. Walmart has a wide variety of costumes and decor to choose from, as well as Halloween-themed press on nails.
At Home and And That! have many Halloween items to choose from, ranging from huge inflatable yard decorations to throw pillows in the shape of a ghost. Five Below and dollar stores have affordable Halloween decor and press-on nails. Lowes and Home Depot have Halloween succulents and large yard decorations such as the 12 Foot Skeleton everyone on TikTok loves.
5. Take care of yourself
Spooky season is a great time, but the weather is changing. As the days get shorter, you might notice you’re feeling down. Midterms are quickly approaching, and you might suffer from burnout. Make sure you take care of yourself. Try and get as much sunlight as you can during the day, maybe even take some vitamin D supplements if you need them.
Make sure to get enough sleep at night and take breaks from studying, so you reduce your chances of burnout. Asking for help is okay and reaching out to a therapist or school counselor to help manage your feelings during the season change is a great idea.