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Halloween has always been one of my absolute favourite times of year. Not only is it a highly Americanised holiday (and I’m a little obsessed to say the least...), it also combines some of the coolest things around. You can dress up, eat loads of sweeties, and go to parties. What’s not to love?

When I was a student, we’d get quite involved with the whole thing, whether that meant visiting the pound shop and getting a ton of cheap decorations to throw around the flat, or buying costumes which were supposed to be scary (but mostly just made us laugh!). Probably my favourite experience was when one of the student nights put on a Halloween Boat Party and we all sailed around Liverpool for a few hours in our fancy dress. A bit surreal, but definitely super cool! This year I’ll be flying off to Florida for the spooky holiday, doing all the theme parks at one of their biggest times of year – I can’t wait!

For those who won’t be jetting off around the world (sorry!), there are loads of things you can do to make sure that you still have a frightfully fun time. Why not try and make some themed food and scare people that way? No, I’m not talking about terrifying them with food poisoning, but something a little light hearted like some green iced cakes or some eyeball pasta might well do the trick! You can even make some clever cocktail creations – Bloody Mary's will go down a treat.

If you ask for permission, you can even have some friends over to your student accommodation! You can trick-or-treat amongst yourselves (no knocking on stranger’s doors, please!), and pull in a sweetie haul, or help your flatmates get ready in their outfits for the night. I’d recommend planning a little while ahead in terms of your costume – although you haven’t exactly got loads of time left to buy cheaply from eBay or anything. I’d still suggest not leaving it until 5pm on the Friday 31st itself, as the queues will be ridiculous and you’ll end up coming out with something silly like a Little Bo Beep costume that’s five sizes too small.

Luckily, in 2014, Halloween is on a Friday, so there are no classes the next day! The Saturday is even ‘Dia De Los Muertos’, which is the Mexican holiday that translates to the ‘Day of the Dead’. It’s a time to celebrate lost loved ones over there, which is a lovely sentiment. Over here, typically people just paint their faces with sugar skulls, and that’s a pretty awesome idea, too.

When it comes to actually heading out on Halloween night and the weekend that surrounds it, it’s obviously always best to go out in groups. You should look after one another, and be hyper aware of your surroundings. Just as good people can hide themselves behind a mask for the night, those with bad intentions can, as well. Just be careful, watch your drinks but most of all HAVE FUN!

Liberty Living provides student accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including student accommodation in Liverpool, student accommodation in London, student accommodation in Preston plus many more.

Posted on 27th October 2014 by Claire L.

Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.

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