Halloween {Miss October}

October 28, 2013

For someone who is scared of a whole lot of things, I happen to actually really enjoy Halloween. Maybe it’s the theatre kid in me, but there is something magical about a crisp, Fall night (or as crisp as we get here in Mississippi), houses adorned in black and orange, and kids and adults alike running amuck (the first person who quotes Hocus Pocus after that earns a high-five.) While I am not going all-out this year, I still have several Halloween traditions that are fun, and I thought I’d share them with you!

1.  Halloween movies are a MUST.

It’s just not Halloween if you don’t set the stage weeks in advance with the viewing of Halloween films. I, for one, am not a huge fan of gory, scary movies, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t movies out there for us scaredy cats! Some of my favorites include all of the Halloweentown movies, Hocus Pocus, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I might get brave and watch Halloween, too. The Harry Potter movies are appropriate at all times of the year, but it’s always fun to have a marathon once October arrives and celebrate your inner wizard!

2.  Find yourself a good costume.

I’m a student. I don’t have money to go out and buy a fancy costume, but there are still plenty of options you can throw together. Because I’m a cat lady in general, most of my costumes usually revolve around cats in some fashion. And the best part is, I threw them together on the cheap, using mostly items in my own closet! One of these costumes is from several years ago, and the other is from a Halloween adventure with my friends this year.


Image (1)There’s a million things you can come up with just by invading your own closet! Be a superhero with some appropriately colored clothing and a bed sheet cape! Be an animal with some makeshift headband ears! Be a singer, be a princess… the options are unlimited, and so much better than just going out and buying a pre-made costume!

3.  Bake some Halloween goodies!

Whether you are having a big party, or just having a scary movie night, appropriately themed food is always a hit. Here are some from my Halloween collection on Pinterest!

4.  Go to a haunted house!

This is for the truly brave ones! Or for the ones who get dragged along by your friends… like me. There are usually lots of fun locally owned Haunted Houses! In the Jackson area, I can think of four off the top of my head! Be prepared to scream a lot, and it’s best to go if you have someone who will hold your hand the whole way through! For the fainter of heart, there’s always hayrides and bonfires!

All in all, Halloween is a holiday that you just can’t take too seriously. Dress up, eat some goodies, watch a movie or two, but most of all, simply enjoy it! It is, afterall, only once a year!


**Read more from Heather at Soliloquies and Sass.

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