How To Properly Prep For Halloween

How To Properly Prep For Halloween

There’s a wrong way and a right way to get spooky

October is officially upon us, and that can only mean one thing - it’s time to get ready for Halloween! Halloween is probably the greatest holiday tradition America could have stolen from the Irish. Sure, we don’t call it Samhain or dress up in grotesque costumes for the purpose of scaring away evil spirits anymore, but that’s just because we don’t want to traumatize small children who are only looking for candy. Regardless, I, a humble intense lover of all things Halloween, have compiled a short list of how to properly prep for (American) Halloween.

1. Decorations

Hit up every Michael’s, A.C. Moore, and whatever other craft store you can think of, and stock up on that adorable (usually overpriced) Halloween decor. Whether you want to go chic or spooky, all decorations are appropriate. For my fellow college students out there, I believe A.C. Moore has started giving college students a 15 percent discount with a valid student ID. So get out there and put all those fall issues of Martha Stewart Living to shame!

2. Tricks

Nothing says Halloween quite like a couple of tricks and pranks. In the days leading up to this glorious holiday, why not try leaving your friend who’s afraid of bugs the kind gift of some plastic (yet realistic-looking) spiders? If you’re not ready for the big tricks yet, it’s alright to start small with some prank phone calls or maybe that whole mixing Skittles and M&M's in the same bowl trick. Just don't T.P. a neighbor's house or trees; that is childish and so not in the spirit of Halloween.

3. Treats

Sure, candy is the first treat we think of whenever someone mentions Halloween. But, since I want to be honest with you, you can’t just buy a bag of candy and call it a done deal. No; you need to fully accept the beauty of fall and go overboard with as much pumpkin spice foods as you can. And don’t even try saying you can’t handle that many PSLs from Starbucks - Special K, Cheerios, Frosted Mini Wheats, Oreos, and Belvita all make beautiful pumpkin spice-flavored treats. Plus, who doesn’t love pumpkin pie?

(Side note: occasionally replacing your pumpkin spice with something maple-flavored is acceptable)

4. Movies

Most people like to go for the gory horror movies in preparation for Halloween. And, while that's all fine and dandy, we must remember the classics. Take a break from all the Saw sequels that we really didn't need and watch some good ol' Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (you really can't go wrong with that one) or even the appropriately named Halloween franchise. Of course, we can't forget about the masterpieces known as The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride. But, if your heart is really set on some scary sh*t, go for something like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream (the first one), or It (the 1990 TV miniseries, not the 2017 movie).

5. Ambience

Now that you (hopefully) have your decorations, tricks, and treats all in order, you’re all set to achieve the perfect Halloween ambience. To do this is very easy - simply set up your decorations in a neat yet spooky fashion, lay out all your treats buffet style, and blast “Spooky Scary Skeletons” on repeat. I should warn you though, people will most likely get sick and tired of hearing this unofficial official Halloween anthem (especially if you live in the dorms). Do not let this discourage you though. Stay vigilant and power through.

(Afterword: the only acceptable time to pause "Spooky Scary Skeletons" is when watching a previously approved Halloween movie)

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.


Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.


As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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