Halloween is likely the first holiday or occasion you’ll celebrate while at university (if we’re not counting Freshers’ Week as one long celebration…) and it can be hard to know what to do that fits your student budget, isn’t too childish and so on. We’ve put together some spooktacular ideas below for celebrating Halloween at university!
Get dressed up
Fancy dress is generally quite a big part of university lifestyle, especially if you join a society and go on regular themed nights out. In fact, we have a whole list of budget-friendly fancy dress ideas and tips right here on this blog! So it goes without saying that donning a costume around Halloween is the perfect way to celebrate with your flatmates; seeing each other in silly, gory or clever costumes is a guaranteed way to bring you closer together, too. Make sure you take some photographs to document the occasion as part of your university journey.
We’ve already given you plenty of charcuterie board ideas, but why not make a themed one? We’re talking marshmallow ghosts, cookies shaped to look like witches’ fingers, little pizzas decorated to make skulls… there are so many fun Halloween-themed food ideas, and this makes for a great night in with your flatmates!
And of course, you can create Halloween-themed cocktails too. A bloody Mary is a classic example, though it’s not to everybody’s taste… a Halloween punch is a great idea too, because you can add anything you like plus some cherryade or red food colouring. Throw in some gummy fangs too! Anything orange, green or purple works really well for this sort of thing, and you can accessorise your drinks with plastic spiders or the eyeball-shaped sweets that line the shelves at this time of year. Don’t forget to include some mocktails for the non-drinkers in your group!
Freaky film night
There are *so many* horror films, ranging from hilarious to downright terrifying… get everyone together in your common area and pick a few scary films to watch together with the lights down low. Combine this with your themed food and drinks, and you’re onto a Halloween winner.
Outlandish art afternoon
From carving pumpkins to creating ghoulish bunting, there are hundreds of Halloween craft ideas circling the internet. Some of our favourite ideas are below, and this makes for a really cosy afternoon with your flatmates…
Paper plate ghosts (draw on them and add white paper strips to the bottom)
Wooden spoon monsters (paint them)
Pumpkin stress balls (orange balloons filled with rice and with a face drawn on)
Paper bat garlands (bats cut out of black paper and stringed up)
Pom pom pumpkins (instead of carving them, stick pom poms on instead!)
There are SO many fun ways to celebrate Halloween with your flatmates, and these are just a few ideas to get you started ahead of the big day itself in a few weeks. Whatever you do, have a blast and make fantastic memories with your new friends!