Top Nine: Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating


With carved pumpkins decorating the plaza, the spirit of Halloween is near. Staff writer Brooke Kushwaha offers fun alternatives to the traditional trick-or-treating. (Jake Nyquist)

Now that we’re too old to trick-or-treat, it’s time we found a substitute to staying home and trying to concentrate on homework amid endless doorbell ringing. Halloween is the one time a year when you can pretend to be someone else, so why waste that chance on studying for a math quiz? You may be too mature to get away with demanding candy from strangers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself this Halloween.

1.Be a human prop

Like dressing up? Don your scariest costume (we recommend a Grim Reaper) and stand very, very, still at a doorstep, creepy maze or haunted house in wait of unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. When they walk by, you can give them a Halloween horror they’ll never forget.

2. Horror movie marathon

If you’re the type to get scared rather than do the scaring, gather some friends and stage a movie marathon in your house. Whether you prefer Saw V or Casper the Friendly Ghost, you’re sure to have a spooky time. If you’re watching something particularly terrifying, schedule a cool-down comedy afterward to gather your wits and stave off nightmares.

3. Haunted house hopping

A more interactive way to scare yourself. Bonus points if the house gets pictures of your friends’ horrified reactions. They’re good to have on hand for blackmail.

4. Hand out candy

And by “handing out” candy, we mean sitting at your doorstep and eating all of it. You don’t have to follow the “Take Only One” rule. You’re in charge now. Eat your heart out.

5. Go wrapping

Just because you’re not going trick-or-treating doesn’t mean you can’t act like a fifth grade student. Just make sure you actually know the person who lives in the house that you’re wrapping.

6. Carve jack-o’-lanterns

Get creative! Work out stress by mercilessly stabbing an unsuspecting pumpkin, or create a masterpiece that will rot in two weeks. Either way, you won’t get the pumpkin guts out from under your nails until 2014.

7. Catch up on sleep

Turn out the lights, pretend you’re not at home, and combat your long-term sleep deficit. Those greedy kids can get candy from some other house.

8. Throw a Halloween party

Invite some friends over and host a spooky celebration. If your friends are all at home doing homework, blast the “Monster Mash” and binge on candy corn.

9. Don’t get murdered

You’ve seen enough horror movies to know how to avoid this one. Don’t enter any abandoned houses, never accept cursed objects from strangers, and if you hear a strange noise coming from the closet, run away and burn your house down just in case.

Brooke Kushwaha
Staff Writer

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