My cousin and I were what you’d call “renegade trick-or-treaters.” For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it refers to someone who uses a pillow case to hold their candy instead of one of those wimpy plastic buckets sold at CVS. It means never really having an official costume, but a genuinely scary rubber mask that molded to our faces while we donned a black hoodie and black sweatpants. There was no curfew on our Halloween; just candy. Lots and lots of candy.
Like every other kid, we grew up. And since no one would dare pass out candy to a 6’6” college student wear- ing a Michael Myers mask, I’ve spent my last few Halloweens alone in my room, watching old horror films on AMC and wishing I was out trick-or-treating like I did when I was young. It’s a sad truth, but one that we’ve all had to face at some point in our lives. This year, I de- cided to beat the Halloween blues by engaging in some classic fall activities…for old times’ sake.
I started off by heading up to New Hampshire to go to Spooky World Presents: Nightmare New England, a haunted amusement park complete with four terror-themed mazes and a hayride that was new for 2015. I was continually impressed by the octave of every scream I emitted, and couldn’t have had a better time. If you have the means, I highly recommend you check it out.
In addition to Spooky World, I’ve enjoyed Brennan Library’s selection of horror movies on a nightly basis, especially the 1975 slasher film “Halloween.” Netflix also has its fair share of flicks to get you in the holiday spirit, like the 2011 thriller “Cabin in the Woods” and the 2014 cult film “The Babadook.” The rest of the volleyball team and I helped unload pumpkins at the United Parish down the street, and even got a free pumpkin out of it.
For reasons I can’t explain, once young adults like myself get to college they use Halloween as an outlet to drink more heavily than they would on a regular weekend. Yes, drinking is fun, but not so fun that I choose to make it what Halloween is all about. Instead, I scare myself silly at amusement parks and load my room up with more pumpkins than I know what to do with. Trust me, the Hal- loween activities are still out there. All you have to do is go find them.