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  • 3 Awesome Ways Students Celebrate Halloween in the US

    Halloween in the US

    Students in the US have really embraced the Celtic tradition of Halloween and as an international student in the US, you’ll get to experience first-hand just how much they like to celebrate.

    So…exactly how big of a deal is it?

    Halloween is a HUGE deal in the US, with Americans spending over $7 billion on the holiday last year, including more than $2 billion on candy and around $2.8 billion on costumes!

    Here’s a breakdown of Halloween spending in the US:

    sprintax infographic

    If you haven’t experienced Halloween in the US yet, you’re definitely in for a treat! The mass immigration of Irish and Scottish in the 1800s dramatically increased the popularity of this Celtic tradition and it’s now celebrated by millions of people in the country on October 31st each year.

    On this night, it’s estimated that around 170 million Americans start carving pumpkins, put on their best fancy dress, and revel the night away at a party or trick or treat to celebrate this tradition.

    Being a student at Halloween

    Students in the US have really embraced Halloween and international students are always welcome to join in the festivities. It may be your first Halloween but you’ll get to experience an entirely new type of fun!

    As well as small house parties, you may come across ‘’block parties’’, where celebrations take place across several street blocks. For example, in Athens, Ohio, the annual Halloween block party spans a number of blocks and around 10,000-30,000 people in fancy dress descend upon the city, almost doubling the population. It’s so big now that the University of Ohio will only let each student have one guest stay for the weekend!

    1. Parties

    From house parties to Halloween balls and haunted houses, there are always lots of ways to celebrate. For students in the US, this is one of the biggest party seasons of the year and you’ll find many fraternities, sororities, and student organizations holding Halloween parties where the students get to show off their scariest costumes.

    Pennsylvania State University hosts a week long “pumpkin festival” each year dedicated to the art of pumpkin carving. The festival also has music, food, and crafts alongside the pumpkin carving competition.

    Every Halloween, Texas A&M University takes students on a trip through the “haunted woods”. The funds from the trail go to charity so patrons have the chance to be philanthropic whilst getting the fright of their lives.

    Check out some of the best university Halloween parties in the US here.

    2. Haunted Houses

    Do you enjoy a good fright? If so, you’re in luck, because the US is home to some of the best haunted houses in the world.

    Frightland in Middleton, Delaware, has eight different and uniquely terrifying haunted attractions, from a zombie ghost town to a haunted barn and more.

    Erebus in Pontiac, Michigan, houses four stories of horror and Philadelphia’s Terror Behind the Walls is set within a now defunct US prison believed to be haunted by former inmates.

    Here is a list of some of the top haunted houses and attractions in the US.

    3. Horror Movies

    Another way US students like to celebrate is by watching a horror film, for example, Georgetown University screens the Exorcist each year in honor of the scenes that were filmed on campus. So why not grab a bucket of popcorn and enjoy a scary night at the movies?

    As you can see from above, there are lots of ways to get into the Halloween spirit. What could be better than dressing up, decorating the house, and heading to a party?!

    Have fun and happy Halloween!

  • How to throw the best Halloween party ever

    Halloween is coming, the shops are full of costumes and there’s a creepy atmosphere around.

    At this time of year, if you listen carefully you might hear a Halloween spirit whispering ’Spooky spook come out to play, on the thirty-first, Halloween day.’

    OK, maybe you feel a bit too old for Halloween songs or trick-or-treating around the neighborhood but you are never too old to party! And what you should bear in mind is that on-campus Halloween celebrations can be funnier and more exciting than any other. Take it from us we know. At Sprintax we’re a big fan of throwing parties and Halloween is an awesome excuse!

    If you haven’t done it already, get into the Halloween mood, gather some friends to help you with the preparations and start planning the most amazing Halloween campus party ever. Below we’ve put together the essentials on how to make your party great, unforgettable and 100% full of the Halloween spirit.

    It’s all about the decorations

    One of the earliest and most popular Halloween decorations are Jack-o-Lanterns or carved pumpkins. So, what’s the Halloween story behind this beloved tradition? According to ancient Celtic beliefs Jack-o-lanterns scare away the evil spirits wandering the streets on All Hallow’s Eve. They look pretty cool too. We like having pumpkin carving sessions the day before the party as it helps to get in the mood for Halloween. Over the years, carved pumpkins have become a must-have decoration for any Halloween party. Of course, having some carved pumpkins is not enough to create a truly frightening “haunted-house” atmosphere. That’s why you can add a pinch of creativity with some fake cobwebs and spiders, skeletons, origami bats and even hanging ghosts. The good news about Halloween decor is that even if you are on a tight party budget, you can easily make your own Halloween crafts with stuff you have in hand or if you have a small budget, discount stores normally have a great selection. Stick to an orange and black theme and you can’t go wrong!

    What’s a party without food?

    There are plenty of Halloween recipes on the internet for frightful but at the same time delicious Halloween-themed desserts. Spider cupcakes, spooky witch’s finger biscuits and hot-dog mummies are easy-to make and despite their terrifying look, everyone will love them. Just because you’re not treat-or-tricking, it does not mean that you should not serve the traditional Halloween candy. Of course you should – piles of candy everywhere are essential for a great party. 

    Dress up for a Halloween costume contest!

    What Halloween party would be complete without having all your guests in Halloween outfits?  Make it clear in the invitations that no one has an excuse to show up without a costume. The only rule that should be followed while choosing one is “Be creative”. Dress up as a scary movie or fairytale character, sew your own costume or rent one. No matter what you choose – it’s great fun dressing up and the scarier the costume the better.

     In order to make your party more interesting for your guests, provide a prize for the best costume. It adds a bit of fun getting people to vote for the most frightening, unique or funniest costume.

    The best part of throwing your own party is that you should not be afraid to improvise and make sure you take plenty of photos. Do you have any awesome Halloween ideas? Don’t forget to share them with us. 

  • How to have the best Halloween ever!

    How to have the best Halloween ever

    The secret recipe for great Halloween experience

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  • The Origins of Halloween

    The Origins of Halloween

    Where did this holiday came from?

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