8 Activities to brighten up your Halloween Celebration as an International Student
You can feel Halloween silently slithering in as soon as the temperature drops below 70 degrees Fahrenheit and dew starts pouring in. Plump orange pumpkins, skeletons and spooky cobwebs dress up the University dining halls, classrooms and dorms with an eerie ambience.
Halloween is among some of the biggest festivals in the US, the UK and other parts of Europe.
What Is Halloween?
Originated from the time of the Celts in Central Europe, Halloween has become an integral part of our Modern Festivities. It is celebrated on October 31st every year in different parts of the world. The history of Halloween is rooted in the deep grounds of pagan faith and mystic occultism. However, it has become more of a public holiday rather than being strictly religious in modern times.
You may be taken aback by the enthusiasm of people in the US to observe this festival with much pomp and grandeur if you are an international student studying abroad, especially in the US.
Here are some Halloween traditions and activities that you might find delightful to be a part of occurring inside or outside the campus.
- Watch Horror movies
What could be a better start to the Halloween celebration ideas than a movie marathon with friends? So, include this popular tradition in your Halloween celebration right away. Plan a movie night with your roommates in the dorm. Make sure to stock enough snacks, and if you are not a fan of the horror genre, maybe slashers will provide all the thrill you need. Just dim the lights while watching and get ready for a spine-chilling adventure.
- Carve your pumpkin monster
Halloween is not complete without carving pumpkins into jack-o-lantern in it. Arrange a competition and give your guests to carve some Horrific faces in the Pumpkin. Cut out the top, Scoop out the middle and place a Candle inside your pumpkin monster. This endeavour will add a pinch of enjoyment to your Halloween party for sure.
- Decorate your Haunted mansion
With the advent of Halloween, you will notice a lot of spooky decorations out there in the town. Expect skeletons, cobwebs, pumpkins, ghosts and a whole lot of other eerie decorations adorning your campus. You can add a bit of personalized spook decor to your dorm room and set up the perfect atmosphere for the Halloween celebration.
- Trick or treating
Typically children observe this popular Halloween tradition. However, you too can play it. Buy the game cards online or DIY them. For DIY cards, write fun horror dares for friends to perform. Now use a separate box to keep all the Halloween candies. Buy them in advance! Now comes the fun part. Ask your guests to pick up a card. If it says ‘trick’, they have to perform the dare of the given card. And if it says ‘treat’, allow your guests to enjoy a candy treat!
- Fancy dress
When it comes to Halloween, you cannot but exclude dressing up in spooky Halloween costumes. Exciting Halloween costumes feature supernatural characters or figures such as witches, vampires, ghosts and skeletons. So Dress up in your ghoulish robe and have childlike fun with your friends and roommates.
- Haunted storytelling
Haunting stories are always wicked fun. Sit in a circle around the fire with marshmallows or even before a candle with your friends. Then, share scary stories or any scary incidents encountered with each other. Create an air of ominous atmosphere with dimmed lights and get started in horror Storytelling.
- Spooky music playlist
Make a playlist with Halloween specific songs and let your guests groove to the beats. That uncanny laughter, whispers, ghostly choir and cold breeze sounds and other sound effects will surely elevate the horror ambience of your party. Optionally, arrange a dance competition.
- Halloween socials on campus
Many universities in the UK will throw Halloween socials policy on campus to celebrate the occasion. It may be a university-wide social, or specific societies may throw their own. Consider taking part in party games such as bobbing for apples, Fancy dress competitions or Halloween-themed dance parties.
If you are an international student, you will have the most enjoyable time if you throw yourself into the traditionality of the festivity. Get creative with these fantastic ideas to add a spooky dimension to your Halloween Celebration, and have a Happy Halloween!