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Five Halloween Essentials for a Cozy Night In 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at LUM chapter.

When we were kids, Halloween was pretty simple: you would find a costume (from the store or from home), go trick-or-treating, and eat all the candy you could without getting sick. But in college, people tend to go all-out, with the weekend leading up to or preceding it called “Halloweekend.” If you’re someone who’s not big on Halloween, or just wants to get in the spirit, here are some ways to set the mood and enjoy your spooky season-themed night in.

1. Pumpkin foods 

Since October and November are peak pumpkin season, enjoying a sweet little treat that is pumpkin flavored is the perfect way to embrace it. I’m a huge fan of the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins at Starbucks, if you’re looking for an on-campus option. Trader Joe’s also has a huge selection of pumpkin-baked goods, but better get something before they’re all gone! If you’re not into the pumpkin flavor, pumpkin-decorated cookies or cupcakes from your local grocery store will do the trick too. 

2. Decor

Whether it’s a decorative pumpkin, a real pumpkin or something totally different, Halloween-themed décor is perfect for setting the vibe. This applies to fall-scented candles (make sure they’re dorm safe!) that you can get at Bath and Body Works and other stores, or string lights to help with the ambiance. Whatever you choose to decorate your dorm with, it should amplify the coziness and make you feel happy about fall and Halloween.  

3. Cozy blanket 

Blankets are perfect for cold days when you have to get out of bed but still want to stay comfortable when lounging around. Bonus points for Halloween-themed blankets that you can find on Amazon, Etsy or other online shops. 

4. Hot drinks 

Hot drinks are insanely comforting and cozy. Nothing says fall more than the classic Pumpkin Spiced Latte. But if you’re doing this on a night in, the espresso might keep you up for longer than you want to be. Apple cider can easily be reheated in a microwave-safe mug for a tasty, fall drink. There’s nothing I personally love more than a cup of tea on a cold night in. Whatever you end up drinking, be careful not to burn your tongue! 

5. Entertainment  

A cozy night in wouldn’t be complete without a classic Halloween/fall movie, TV or book.  If you’re looking for a movie marathon, the Scream franchise spans decades and is a fall classic for a reason. If you’re not into scary movies and TV is more your speed, the Halloween episodes from Brooklyn Nine-Nine are a perfect choice. The eight episodes are only 20 minutes long each, so it won’t take up your entire night. If you’d rather curl up with a book, what better time than Halloween to restart the Harry Potter series with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?  

From all of us at Her Campus at LUM, we hope that everyone has a safe and spooky Halloween!  

Rory is a senior Writing major/Journalism minor at Loyola University Maryland from Glenside, PA. In her spare time, Rory enjoys reading, watching sports, and spending time with her family and friends.