How To Have A Spooktacular Halloween


Jordan Mann, Writer

Evan Peters once said, “I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.”  Celebrating Halloween is a necessity–go trick-or-treating, throw a Halloween party, or even just stay in and binge-watch scary movies with a giant bowl of candy. Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure it’s a fun time with friends and family.

Costumes are a focal point of Halloween. It’ s always been a fun tradition to dress up, and the best thing is that you can wear whatever you want. You don’t have to go trick-or-treating, or attend a party to wear one.  There are multiple options to get a costume. Walmart or any costume store will do.  I suggest Spirit Halloween which is a new store located in the Pittsburgh Mills Mall.  What I find to be more fun is creating your own. Here’s a list for both girls and boys that would be fun to create. For the girls: a flapper like Daisy from The Great Gatsby, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, a mermaid, and lastly, the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s look. For the boys: a cowboy, Jack Skellington from A Nightmare before Christmas, a construction worker, and a zombie. These unisex costumes will help if you’re looking for one that is versatile: Mario and Luigi, any candy bar or superhero, and a scarecrow. Also, couples often dress up together, so this one is for the love birds out there: Bonnie and Clyde, Cosmo and Wanda, Minnie and Micky Mouse, or a Disney Princess and her Prince. Pinterest is a great place to look for more ideas.

Let’s talk food. Fall is great because we all start eating all of the delicious food that is absolutely horrible for us. That’s okay though– this is why baggy sweaters were invented. If you decide to throw a party or stay in, food is a necessity. Let’s look as some ideas for beverages, snacks, dinner, and desserts.


Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Slime Punch

Black Halloween Punch


Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks

Orange Oreo Popcorn

Monster Cookie Dough Dip


Pizza Fingers

Mummy Hot Dogs

Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs



Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies

Attack of Spider Cookies


Party planning can be extremely difficult. The abundance of tasks and responsibilities that go into party planning can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never planned a party before. So, below is a link to help guide you in the right direction.

Halloween Party Checklist

Even though you may have to drive a bit, below is a list of activities to do that are certain to scare your socks off.

-The Scarehouse

-Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House

-Haunted Expedition

-Pittsburgh Zombie Outbreak

Watching Halloween movies is an absolutely must. Not everyone enjoys a good horror movie though, so this list consists of all different types of Halloween movies. The classics (non-horror), horror movies, and all the scary movies that are in the theater right now.

Classics (non-horror)

– Hocus Pocus

– The Nightmare Before Christmas

– Edward Scissorhands

– It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


– The Conjuring (R)

– Nightmare on Elm Street (R)

– Paranormal Activity (R)

– Annabelle (R)

– You’re Next (R)

– Insidious (PG-13)

– Ouija (PG-13)

In Theater

– Goosebumps (PG)

– Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)

– Crimson Peak (R)

– Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (R)

Now, whether you decide to go to a Halloween party, stay-in, or go to a haunted house, have a spooky Halloween and make some great memories while you’re at it.