Current Juinor Charlie Stonecipher had a legendary constume last year as a "leaf blower". Photo: Mrs. Wilson
Current Junior Charlie Stonecipher devised a legendary costume for Halloween last year. He was a “leaf blower.” Photo: Ms. Wilson

Halloween is just around the corner, bringing promises of free candy, creative costumes and excuses to embrace all sorts of spookiness. Although the holiday is highly anticipated, by the time October 31 draws near, our fantasies of celebrating can seem disappointing. Since trick-or-treating by teens is frowned upon, there are fewer options for students to spend this night. If grimy parties or helping your parents or younger siblings with trick-or-treating isn’t your thing, below are some alternatives that you can take part in alone or with a group.

  1. Watch a horror movie (or several). Halloween couldn’t be a more perfect time to set the mood for some screams. And who knows, maybe this could be incorporated into a sleepover or a date night.
  2. Start a game of Manhunt. Gather a crew of friends and neighbors. Halloween decorations and costumes will only add to the fun.
  3. Visit a haunted house or make your own. The Fall Fair haunted house and Netherworld are ideal ways to get ready for the 31st. Constructing a haunted house of your own could be a great way to spend the night, and you could entertain trick-or-treaters while bonding with friends by decorating.
  4. Conduct a seance. Whether you’re contacting a loved one or a historical figure, your chances of breaking the barrier between the living and the dead are infinitely higher on this special day. Grab a Ouija board or visit a local cemetery and try to summon some spirits. (Warning: Use caution, as this could be dangerous.)
  5. Go to a parade. Little Five Points has a noteworthy festival and parade on Saturday, Oct. 15.
  6. Set up a scavenger hunt.
  7. Have a murder mystery party (like real life Clue).
  8. Try your hand at reverse trick-or-treating. If you like to give back, this could be a great activity for Halloween. The idea of reverse trick-or-treating is to go door-to-door and hand out candy to the lovely individuals who have been giving candy to visitors. You could distribute your own treats or “recycle” things you’ve accumulated throughout the night. The whole experience should be uplifting and comical, and you might get some interesting reactions from your recipients.