By Danielle Nye
- Have a Netflix Party
We may not be able to visit each other’s homes for a spooky movie night, but that does not mean that movie nights are out of the question. Use the Netflix Party extension (free for download) to stream movies across devices to watch at the same time as your friends. Hulu also has an extension available, in order to stream their library of movies and shows. Those looking to be truly spooked, there are plenty of horror/thriller movies available such as “As Above, so Below”, “Silence of the Lambs,” “Hush,” “Parasite,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and more. For more tame movies that still have the Halloween spirit, try streaming “Coraline,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “The Corpse Bride” or “Hocus Pocus”, to keep in touch with your inner child. Watching movies with friends virtually is a great way to feel like you are still together while being physically apart.
- Dress up!
Halloween is technically on a Saturday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy showing off your costume at school or on Zoom. However, please make sure your costume does not appropriate anyone else’s culture. Some examples include wearing sugar skull makeup without being Latinx, dressing up as Pocahontas when not a part of a Native American tribe, etc. Instead, try dressing up as your favorite movie or video game character, a vampire, zombie or any other fun and/or spooky creature.
- Spooky Zoom Backgrounds
Spooky Zoom backgrounds are a more subtle and less-involved way to celebrate Halloween. Changing your background on Zoom to a Halloween-themed one can be a fun way to show your Halloween spirit during class. Simply search “Halloween Zoom backgrounds” on Google to find a plethora of options.
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch
If you didn’t get the chance to attend Northwest’s Fall Festival on Monday, Oct. 26, which included a pumpkin patch on the green, make sure to attend one before the season is over. Go with your friends or roommates and maintain social distancing while exploring the corn maze, pumpkin patch and hayrides offered at most pumpkin patch farms. One of the most popular patches frequented by NU students is Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish. They also have a farmer’s market on site, freshly made pumpkin donuts and hot drinks available. Pick out a pumpkin from the patch, then carry on the fun at home by painting or carving it to decorate your living space.
- Visit a Graveyard
For those of you who prefer the more haunting side of Halloween, visit a graveyard to experience all of the spooky vibes. On Halloween night, drive out to a graveyard with friends, bring some coffee, take pictures, walk around and soak in the eeriness of it all.