Having fun for Halloween shouldn't stop with trick-or-treating

Having fun for Halloween shouldn't stop with trick-or-treating

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When Autumn rolls around everyone is super excited. The leaves are falling, it smells like pumpkin in every store that you walk into, and it seems like every store is having a sale on shorts. But the best part of Autumn are the holidays. The days when families get together and do silly little crafts and start planning for whose house they'll be at for Thanksgiving. However there is one Autumn holiday that stands out among the rest. It makes children giddy with excitement because of what princess or superhero they'll be. It makes parents cringe when they have to buy 10 bags of $9.98 candy from Walmart for their kids and the kids from the neighborhood.

Hocus Pocus, Halloween, Halloweentown, and Stephen King's IT. It's a time for children to be scared pants-less by their neighborhood and for the teenagers to wonder if they really are to old for trick or treating. However all that changes once you get to college because ... The battle of best dress is on! College students go all out for Halloween. There are two types of colleges kids when it comes to Halloween. You have the "I knew what I was going to be for Halloween back in March" type of people and the "I literally just threw this on and gave it a name" type of people. However you come to your costume is cool, but just know that everyone will be judging you.Times like these you get to see which girls like to play cool and which girls like to go all out. Which guys are sleazy and which guys have incredibly good manners.

There was nothing better as a child than going to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson's house and getting the full size candy bars! Or going to the Lang house and getting those little toys along with your candy. However college kids do not have that luxury anymore of dressing up and going door to door. Though we college kids may be too old to engage in trick or treating we have something much much better ... PARTIES! Yes! This is what people really get dressed for on Halloween, the parties. The crazy and super fun parties. This is what makes girls try on 5 different costumes to make sure they have the right one. This is what makes guys try on things that they'd never in a million years try on again (or at least until next Halloween). You want to be noticed on Halloween right? Why not get out there and walk around in a big Snow White dress? Or better yet why not go in a skimpy Snow White dress? Listen, as long as you are ready for a dance battle in the costume at anytime then you are totally fine. The last thing you want is to be slipping in falling when you're trying to do the running man.

Halloween is about expressing yourself and trying something new! Go out and talk to that boy who you've been staring down for months in Bio. Go ask that girl for a dance who you only talk to for the notes in class that you miss. Go out on that dance floor and DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT! like one is watching, and I can guarantee that the people who are watching you are only watching because they're about to go out and bust a move also. Be yourself for Halloween or be someone totally different. The choice is yours. You can buy a costume or make one yourself. Go solo or with your friends (though it's always encouraged to go with your friends you'll have a much better time). It is better to act a fool on Halloween because 9/10 nobody is going to remember it the next day because we are now transformed into full blown Thanksgiving mood.The biggest tip when choosing your costume is to GO BIG OR GO HOME! Oh and have fun of course.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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10 Struggles Every Big Has Planning And Leading Up To The Perfect Big-Little Reveal

Big-little season is here, and with that comes hordes of paint covered Bigs trying to create the best Reveal ever. There's a lot of stress, suspense and glitter. Mostly glitter.

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Every sorority girl knows the absolute joy of receiving gifts from their bigs. Bigs secretly give their littles gifts in the days before the reveal, where littles discover who their bigs are. There are costumes and lots of excitement, and lifelong bonds begin to form.

There's nothing like being surprised with seemingly endless presents that are filled with your favorite things, sent with love from a person who cares a lot about you. You'll be showered with things like snacks, canvases and flowers. When it is your turn to give gifts, there is a long tradition and a big responsibility before you.

These are 10 struggles every future big will understand.

1. Loving your little already, and hoping she likes you too

You picked her out because of her charming personality and great sense of humor, and she's everything you dreamed of. One can only hope that she's as excited to be your little as you are to be her big. There's countless movie nights, brunches and functions ahead of the two of you. Trust me, she's even more excited to meet you!

2. Trying to live up to what your big did for your own reveal

There were so many gifts, you felt like Christmas came early. She knew exactly what to get you and got you everything in your favorite colors. You still hang the canvases she got you on the wall, and the t-shirts are regularly worn. You've got big, artistically gifted shoes to fill.

3. Hopelessly scouring Pinterest for ideas

Pinterest is a blessing and a curse. Yes, there are hundreds of ideas, but the pictures of museum-worthy crafts make you think your own gifts look like they were made by a kindergartener. Thankfully, your little will love them anyway.

4. Saving money in order to pay for the extravaganza

All of these purchases won't be cheap. Bigs regularly spend over 100 dollars for the reveal. Some Pinterest stars can spend three times that much in Christmas lights, Patagonia pullovers and jewelry.

5. Staying up all night to finish a project

Larger crafts like paddles and tables can take hours to complete. On top of being bigs, sorority girls are also students and have to juggle classes on top of their preparations. Good time management and a lot of caffeine is the only way to juggle all of your responsibilities during this hectic time.

6. Living your life covered in paint

Leading up to gift days, you're forced to craft whenever you can. This can mean walking around with paint smudges on your clothes and body, glitter on your face and pieces of ribbon stuck in your hair. Every other soon-to-be big will look the same, so embrace being part of a group of exhausted and artsy girls.

7. Feeling kinda like Santa Claus

Delivering gifts to a person who doesn't really know who you are during a festive season can make anyone feel like Saint Nick. (And let's be real, big-little reveal IS a Holiday). It's good practice for the big leagues when you have your own family.

8. Trying to find the best theme EVER

Rock and roll? Candy? Peanut butter and jelly? There's so many options out there it's hard to choose.

9. Trying to slyly ask if your little likes her gifts without revealing who you are

You might just casually bump into her on campus, or stalk her Snapchat for any signs that she received her gifts. It's not creepy, it's love.

10. Impatiently waiting behind a curtain, or in a box, to finally reveal yourself

The last couple minutes before you formally become a big are incredibly stressful. All of your hard work and long nights are over, and all there is left to do is have your amazing little run into your arms. The dedication paid off, and now you get to enjoy the post-Reveal revelries and celebrate never having to craft this much ever again.

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