Pumpkins & Costumes & Candy, Oh My!

“Why don’t skeletons like parties?

…They have no body to dance with.”

Halloween is right around the corner! This is a fun time to de-stress from school by dressing-up in fun costumes with friends, drinking apple cider, carving pumpkins, and getting spooked at haunted houses! Personally, I was shocked at how much Boulder celebrates Halloween my freshman year of college, but I realized that no matter what age you are, Halloween is a fun time! Based on my experience, here are a few tips and activities that I have enjoyed over the  past two years at CU during Halloween!

Saving Money on Costumes

It’s the day before Halloween, and if you don’t have a costume yet, no worries! When it comes to costumes, our wallets can become (even more) empty. But you don’t have to get the most expensive costume! Get creative and hit-up the thrift stores and your friends’ closets. CU Money Sense offers some great tips on saving money on your Halloween costumes here. I went to Goodwill with a few costume ideas in mind and surprisingly enough, I found my Halloween costume for under $15!

Choosing a Culturally Appropriate Costume

What are you going to be for Halloween? This is a question people have been asking me for weeks! Deciding on a costume can be difficult but putting some thought into it is definitely worth it. As you are going through your options, make sure you are thinking of others. Don’t choose a costume that might negatively impact other students or workers at CU. If you have to question it, then the answer is probably don’t wear it. A few years ago, CU posted this, which does a great job at describing what cultural awareness means for Halloween.

Spook-tacular Halloween-y Things To Do

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes: My roommates and I went to Anderson Farms a few weekends ago (we were really excited for fall :D), and we had a blast! We picked out pumpkins for our apartment and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather. It is not too late to go to the many pumpkin patches near Boulder to get some pumpkins to carve or go through the corn mazes! They also have a spooky night-time corn maze at some of the locations!

Haunted Houses: 13th Floor in Denver is one of the most popular haunted houses in the area! If you like to get spooked and get your adrenaline running, grab some friends (literally you will be grabbing their hands with fear!) and try t

o make it through some of the haunted houses in the area! While haunted houses are ABSOLUTELY not my kind of thing, I have heard many people say they loved this one!

At Home: Bake Halloween-themed cookies, carve pumpkins, or watch scary movies! Bring back those childhood Halloween movies and cuddle-up in your cozy blankets with some pumpkin pie!

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Costume Parties: Check out Pearl Street! While Pearl Street is always a fun place, on Halloween all of the best costume-wearers gather around. Even if you’re not into costumes, it is a fun time seeing everyone else’s costumes!

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Free CU Events: CU is hosting many free events including escape rooms, showing of Annabelle: Creation, bowling, and more! Check out this link to see all the fun events.

Have Fun and Be Safe

Whatever you decide to do for this year’s Halloween, make smart choices and be responsible! Enjoy Boulder and celebrating Halloween! Don’t eat too much candy, either! 😉

-Becca