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10 Fun Things to Do on Halloween Weekend

10 Fun Things to Do on Halloween Weekend

With Halloween around the corner, you may be prepping your costume, stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters, or warding off the sugar-high that accompanies this time of year. If you find yourself without plans but still want to soak in the Halloween spirit, here are 10 fun options to consider.

1. Take a trip back to childhood: grab your friends, start a fire, and share your own scariest stories while roasting marshmallows (with these cute roasting sticks). To make the gathering a bit more grown-up, add some pumpkin beer sampling (don’t miss Avery Pump[KY]nBallast Point Pumpkin Down, and New Belgium Pumpkick).

2. Check out Snap Judgment's Spooked Week–a series of chilling, engrossing, and allegedly true stories. For maximum terror, enjoy these alone, in the dark.

3. Get a little nerdy with your pumpkins by carving fractal or polyhedral creations.

4. Curl up with a cup of warm cider and a copy of The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney. This well-researched book is both thrilling and macabre, lifting the veil on some gruesome realities surrounding the business of bodies. It’s titillating enough that it’s impossible to put down, but insightful enough to make it an informative and thought provoking read.

5. Make creepy cocktails with these recipes and some skull ice cubes.

6. Whip up some classic caramel candy apples and roasted pumpkin seeds. (No better way to deal with a seasonal CSA apple boom and the remnants of your pumpkin carvings.)

7. Netflix and thrill with some of these Halloween-appropriate movies (includes Amazon prime and Hulu recommendations, too).

8. Go on a listening binge of the spooky and entertaining podcast The Black Tapes. Styled after the hit podcast Serial, The Black Tapes is a fun and somewhat addicting trip into the occult (though Season 2 got a tad cheesy for me).

9. Have a good laugh at these great Halloween costumes for kids and pets. (Though I don’t officially endorse dressing up animals, I can’t deny it can produce some seriously entertaining results.)

10. Make your evening ominous by playing some of classical music’s creepiest creations, such as these and these. My favorite is the O Fortuna movement of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Interesting revelation I had while watching the San Diego Symphony perform the piece with subtitles: the lyrics are not the least bit scary. The cantata is primarily about the fickleness of fortune. Regardless, it will always strike me as sinister, thanks in part to the scene in The Doors where Jim Morrison–I mean Val Kilmer–concludes some kind of a satanic ritual by launching into a drug-fueled dance with O Fortuna blaring in the background. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out 03:20 of this clip (but only do so if you're prepared for nudity and sexual content.) Also, watch The Doors. It's great.

 

Bonus: Have a festive photo shoot with some adorable black cats. Which is something I obviously did not do this week.

All photos by Lauren Shipp

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