How to have a spook-tacular Halloween season

The leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler and the sun is setting earlier. This can only mean one thing: autumn has arrived. With autumn comes one of the most fun holidays of all: Halloween.

There are plenty of things you can do in order to prepare for this quickly approaching celebration. One of my personal favorite fall activities is pumpkin picking. The best part about pumpkin picking is toasting the seeds after you carve your favorite funny, scary or happy face into it. There are a multitude of recipes for how to make pumpkin seeds online.

If you’re not into pumpkins or if that seems like a lot of work, you can always celebrate Halloween with candy instead. See if you can find fun candy and other treats in unique shapes such as ghosts, cats or pumpkins. Get your friends in on it and have a Halloween bake-off. You’ll all be able to have fun together while indulging in some delicious snacks.

Speaking of snacks, another great part of the season is the abundance of fresh fruit stands and farmers’ markets available. Other than Geneseo’s Farmer’s Market, there are plenty of places around the area to check out such as Chase Farms Market in Fairport, Ford Farm Market in Churchville, Green Acre Fruit Farm in Rochester and McCracken Farms in Brockport.

  Unleash your creative side—and save money—by creating your own costume instead of going out and buying one. Some popular ideas for costumes this year include “the dress”—blue and black or white and gold, Star Wars or Jurassic World characters and emojis. If you want, you can get your friends involved in the process; try and see if you can recreate any iconic groups from cartoons or movies.

Another way to unleash your creative spirit is to decorate your room. Check out Wal-Mart, Wegmans and the Dollar Store to pick up some seasonal flair. Show off your carved pumpkin. String some orange, black and purple streamers in your room. Put some creepy window or wall decals up. Get some skulls, witches and monsters to make your room the creepiest it can be for the spookiest holiday of them all.

Trying out these tips—especially with friends—is an excellent way to take a break from the stressful routine of schoolwork and to celebrate the fall season and upcoming holiday. Be creative, be safe and have fun.