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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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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5 Signs You're The Pale Friend

It's not really that hard to figure out.

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We finally made it- sweet summertime. The ocean is calling, the skies are blue and your beach body has been postponed for another year. You are ready for late nights with your friends from home and all-nighters that have nothing to do with procrastinating an assignment. However, if you're the pale friend like me, summer comes with a lot of prep work. One cannot simply go outside and not have a care in the world. Being the pale friend is hard.

1. You're the only one who uses sunscreen.

Ishan

You get to the pool with all of your mesmerizingly bronze friends and pull out your SPF 50. As you begin to lather it all over your body making you inevitably paler, you look around to realize that no one has the same white streaks running down their arms as you do. Instead, they are glistening underneath the summer sun as their tanning oil drips off of their bodies in a way that would make a popsicle jealous. How? You sneak a peek at the brown bottle and gasp- SPF 4. As. If.

2. You are the only one who gets sun burned.

Jay Wennington

That's right. You spend 20 minutes of valuable pool time lathering up in thick white goo only to get home and discover that you still got a sunburn. Your chest, cheeks, and upper thighs are coral red and you silently curse yourself for not reapplying. Your hand goes up to scratch your head, and then it dawns on you- your scalp is sunburned too.

3. White suddenly becomes your favorite color in the summer.

Pete Bellis

"It'll make you look tanner!" Even though this trick doesn't do as good of a job as everyone claims that it will, it does help a little bit. And we need all the help we can get. You take a deep breath as you slide all of your favorite black outfits to the back of your hanging rack and make room for the white sundresses and tees you've been conveniently forgetting about. It's time.

4. Everyone goes overboard when you get even the slightest bit of color.

Maximilien T Sharn

If you're not red after a few good days in the sun, it's as if you've won the lottery. Everyone and their brother goes out of their way to congratulate you on your enormous accomplishment and the pride swells around you. Even though it's slightly embarrassing, it does kind of feel good.

5. You enjoy being inside even more than you usually do.

Kirill

As a huge homebody, this one isn't too much of a sign that you're the pale friend. But when its 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky and you say no to a lake day with your friends, then you definitely can confirm that you're the pale friend. You've already been to the pool once this week and your shoulders are peeling like no other. As much as you want to, you just can't take the risk.

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