Halloween Fun for College Kids

By Lauren Kate Drewry

Photo credits: Pixabay

    As a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays (other than Christmas of course). Every year, all my friends would come over to my house, and we would get all dressed up in our costumes, go trick or treating, and eat a huge bowl of chili with all of our families. Now that we are older, we still have all of our families and friends over to celebrate Halloween, but now we are the ones passing out the candy instead of taking it (sadly). Lately, I’ve been asking around about other people’s Halloween traditions, and they have given me ideas of things to do to make Halloween exciting again as a college kid.


  1. Booing

Honestly, I had no clue what this was at first. Apparently, booing is where you leave candy or treats at a neighbor’s door, and then it is their turn to leave candy at two other people’s door. In college, girls have started “booing” people by taping candy to their hallmate’s doors. Some versions even include knocking and running away.


  1. Going to a haunted house

I have to admit, I am a scaredy cat when it comes to haunted houses, but if you’re into that kind of stuff, there are some good ones that are not too far away. Some of these include: Wicked Ways Haunted House and Haunted Web of Horror in Memphis, Tupelo Haunted Castle, and Cedar Hill Farm in Hernando.


  1. Making pumpkin bread

This one actually came from my roommate. She says that every year, her and her mom make pumpkin bread together, and that it’s the best thing she has ever had. I looked up the recipe, and it looks FABULOUS! If you’re like me, though, heating up the pumpkin and ghost sugar cookies is more in my skill range.


  1. Painting/ carving a pumpkin

This is actually very fun for dorm decorating. Many girls in my hall have painted a pumpkin with their sorority letters on it, and put it outside their door. I decorated mine with so much glitter, you wouldn’t even know there was a pumpkin underneath it.


  1. Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches

This is a fun group activity for people of all ages. There are a few good places to go that are not too far from Oxford: The Mid-South Maze in Memphis, the Wise Family Farm in Pontotoc, and Cedar Hill Farm in Hernando. This is a good way to get into the spirit of Halloween and to take a fun fall outing.