Halloween for the last time in the 2010s is finally here. But what is a college student to do on this day? Too old for trick or treating and too young for a wine and cheese costume party with friends from work, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the holiday in other ways. Baking, watching scary movies and eating ungodly amounts of candy corn is something we can only enjoy once a year, so here are some tips and tricks to make the last Halloween of this decade absolutely spooktacular.
Recipe: Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
This recipe comes straight from my mom, Janet Wilson’s “cookbook,” which is an index card box with recipes from friends and family dating back to the 1980s. This recipe is the most loved from the box, my sister and I make them every year around this time.
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Servings : 24 to 30 cookies
Some general tips before baking:
Make sure butter is cold, not at room temperature before boiling together with sugar, milk and cocoa.
When boiling the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa, make sure it is rapidly boiling for at least two minutes before pulling it off the heat. If you don’t wait for it to boil, the mixture won’t combine and your cookies won’t properly solidify in the refrigerator.
If you’re missing wax paper, aluminum foil will work just fine. These cookies don’t really get stuck to surfaces.
Share with friends! These cookies are addicting, if you have a bowl all to yourself you WILL eat them all. Save yourself the stomach-ache and share with some buddies.
2 Cups Granular Sugar
1 Stick Butter (½ of a cup)
3 TBSP Cocoa powder
½ Cup Peanut Butter
½ Cup Milk
2 ½ - 3 Cups Quick Cooking Oats
1-2 TBSP Vanilla Extract
Boil sugar, milk, sugar, butter and cocoa for five minutes or until rapidly boiling, stirring every minute or so. Remove from heat, add peanut butter, oats and vanilla. Stir until thoroughly blended together.
Drop ¼ cup sized cookies on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, then place in fridge until solid, or for about an hour.
Are scary movies the best way to celebrate the spooky season? This season is often times associated with everything spooky — skeletons, ghosts, vampires, etc. Quite a few Halloween themed movies are at the box office right now and a few have received rave reviews.
"The Joker," "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," "Zombieland: Double Tap" and "The Addams Family" are a few movies you and your friends could go to on the night of Halloween, if you’re looking for a fun night out at the movies.
If you’re someone looking to have a night in after eating an abundance of the Chocolate No-Bake Cookies, here are some movies recommended and not recommended by a few fellow Zags.
“'Cabin in The Woods' was the worst scary movie in the history of scary movies," senior Keaton Knueppel said. "It was brutal."
I love 'Halloweentown,' emphasis on the love,” senior, Hannah Merrill said.
“'Lights Out' was pretty spooky,” junior Declan Flanagan said.
Scary movies aren’t the only way to celebrate the holiday. There are tons of other Halloween classics out there: "Nightmare Before Christmas," "Beetlejuice" and pretty much any Tim Burton movie would be a perfect thing to watch the night of Halloween. "It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" is a classic as well, one for every age to enjoy.
Decorations & Costumes:
Decorating for the holidays is what makes everything feel like the day you’ve been waiting for is nearly here. While families normally have a collection of Halloween decorations that they put out annually, college kids are most of the time stuck with finding things to decorate all on their own.
Dollar stores are an excellent place to get some affordable decorations and maybe even a bag or two of candy. Window stickers can show off your spooky spirit to students walking past your room and door decorations can show other people in your dorms or houses that you’re all about the holiday.
For some quick last-minute costumes, places like Value Village and Walmart have some cheap options for all. I picked up a lobster costume at Walmart last week.
If you’re looking for very last-minute costume ideas with no time to run anywhere but Safeway, be sure to look at Kellie Tran’s "Eight Last-Minute Halloween Costumes" from the Oct. 24 issue of The Bulletin. Some of the featured costumes are Smartie-Pants, a VSCO girl and a bulldog.
Whatever you’re doing for Halloween, whether it be watching movies at home or in theaters, baking cookies, or hitting the town with friends, The Bulletin wants to remind you all to have a safe and not-too-spooky Halloween.