Halloween on a student budget

Graduate Corner

Words by: Chloe O’Keeffe
Design by: Aimee Lee

It’s Halloween! I think as I’ve gotten older I’ve grown to like Halloween a little more. Perhaps it’s because it’s the last major holiday before it’s socially acceptable to start getting Christmassy. This year, anyone that likes to celebrate Halloween will probably be doing it a little differently. In Ireland, there’ll be no nights out, and it’ll all be covid- friendly. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy Halloween in some shape or form, right?

Cheap Halloween Activities

You don’t have to break the bank for some quick and easy Halloween games and fun. My number one recommendation for some decorations is a pumpkin! Pumpkins are super cheap and affordable, and are very easy to source in all local supermarkets for as little as a euro or two! What’s better is that pumpkin carving is a fantastic way to spend an evening and get into the Halloween spirit.

Throw in some tea lights or candles into your finished masterpieces, and your house in instantly ready for Halloween. Alternatively shops such as Dealz/ Poundland and the Euro Store will always have some Halloween bunting, glasses and masks for a small price, dividing these costs between your house will show that you really can have a spooky house for little costs.

Along with a pumpkin carving night how about a Halloween- themed movie night? Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t there just something pretty special about watching The Addam’s Family in the lead up to Halloween? Almost has the same effect as Christmas movies the week leading up to Chrimbo! Halloween movies don’t have to be scary movies, and The Addam’s Family and any Tim Burton classic are testaments to this! Of course, a scary movie or two is a warm welcome also. Are you more family Halloween movies, or scary movies?

Easy Halloween Costumes

Do you dress up for Halloween, or will you be dressing up this year? I always make a promise that I’m going to have an amazing costume, but I always end up leaving it to the last minute. Pinterest is great for those last- minute, DIY outfits. It’s the perfect chance to unleash your arts and crafts side. With a white top and a black

It’s amazing what you can do with a plain white or black t-shirt. Pinterest will show your wardrobe in a whole new light. A simple search of ‘Halloween Costumes DIY’ will reveal an abundance of quick and easy costumes that can be made super last minute.

Halloween Playlist

Whatever you are doing this Halloween, whether that is dressing up, pumpkin carving or just having a few house drinks you have to accompany it with a Halloween playlist. Some of my faves include…

  • Thriller, Michael Jackson.
  • Ghostbusters Theme Song.
  • Highway to Hell, ACDC.
  • Addams Family Theme Song.
  • This is HalloweenThe Nightmare before Christmas Theme Song.
  • Cannibal, Ke$ha.
  • Monster, Lady Gaga.
  • Monster, Michael Jackson & 50 Cent.
  • Hells Bells, ACDC.
  • Ding- Dong the Witch is Dead, The Munchkins.

As I say, I’m growing to like Halloween more and more as I get older. I guess after trick or treating age there is a bit of a lull, but once you hit late teens to young adult it gets more fun again, and there’s a revived love for dressing up. Halloween can be a very cheap and affordable holiday, which is definitely a welcome reality if you’re a student, especially with Christmas only around the corner after that!

How will you be celebrating Halloween this year?

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