Last Updated: October 31, 2021, 4:57 pm

College students can still have fun celebrating Halloween


DSU students carve Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas inspired pumpkins. Carving pumpkins is a fun activity you can do with friends for Halloween. Photo by Izzy Johnson.

Halloween is approaching; some would say it is the most fun holiday of the year, but now you have to find something exciting to do.

Trick-or-treating, while being the best Halloween activity, is seen as no longer socially acceptable for college students, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something just as fun to do. While there are parties thrown around this time, this isn’t always the vibe for everyone.

Have a Halloween Feast

Obviously, the best part of Halloween is the candy. As you can’t go door-to-door begging for it, you can make your own fun foods. There are an endless amount of fun Halloween recipes online that only take a few ingredients. Each person can bring their own fun recipe and have a blast snacking all night long. 

  • Caramel Popcorn
  • Crescent Roll Witch Hats
  • Martian Marshmallows
  • Halloween Punch

Scary movie marathon

Grab some popcorn and candy to cozy up for the night. Scary movies are the epitome of Halloween, there’s never been a time where scary movie marathons aren’t a good idea. Tons of new Halloween movies have been released, including the new Halloween Kills.

Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving has been a tradition for years, so have fun with it and create your own fun and spooky designs. Once you’re done, you’ll have plenty of pumpkin seeds to roast and snack on throughout the night. 

“I love carving pumpkins because it’s fun to see all the creative things people come up with,” said Sydney Johansen, a junior education major from Tooele. 

Everyone can have fun with their own pumpkin or you can spruce it up a bit and create teams to have a carving contest. 

Go to a haunted house 

Haunted houses are a great idea for big groups of friends. There’s nothing like being scared out of your mind and hanging onto your friends for support. Staheli Family Farm has several fall attractions, one of which is a haunted house, the Field of Screams. Ticket prices start at $20 and they are open until Oct. 30. What’s better than facing your fears with your closest friends?

“One of my favorite things to do is go to a haunted house with my friends because it’s so fun and I love to be scared,” Johansen said. 

Have a costume contest 

Halloween is all about costumes whether they are scary, cute or funny. Hosting a costume contest can be as simple as you want. All you’ll need are a couple of judges, prizes and a few different categories if you want. This is a great way to bring all your friends together for a fun night filled with crazy costumes. 

“Halloween is by far my favorite holiday,” said Senisa Zambrano, a junior mechanical engineering major from Pleasant Grove. “Between the costume parties, the perfect weather, and pumpkin spice everything, in my opinion, October doesn’t last long enough.”