Cold fronts blowing in and giant pumpkins for sale everywhere can mean only one thing… Halloween is around the corner.
Preparations for this holiday vary among traditions and cultures and can include everything from KitKats to sugar skulls. Alongside taming that sweet tooth comes a myriad of movies, books and activities to help ring in this year’s Halloween.
“I really enjoy Halloween because it allows for you to be creative and it brings people together.” Junior communication major James Jones said.
Jones said he recommended splitting Halloween viewing into three categories: horror, comedy and suspense. If you’re unsure about which movies to fill into these categories, take Jones’ personal recommendations of “The Strangers” (horror), “Hocus Pocus” (comedy) and “Silence of the Lambs” (suspense).
More great movies, recommended by freshman engineering majors Jerod Williams and Khorey Dakers, include the original “Scream” and “IT” movies, any of the “Jason” and “Friday the 13th” movies, “Anabelle,” “Death Day,” “The Purge” and “The Conjuring”.
Aside from movies, most cities, including Corpus Christi, offer numerous attractions for the season. The Riddle Room of Corpus Christi gives visitors an opportunity to race against a clock to make their escape from a room through riddles and puzzles.
For the more scare-oriented audience, haunted houses are hosted downtown (Check into a Haunted Hotel) and on the historic USS Lexington (Haunting on the Blue Ghost).
Halloween parties are another staple of college students around this time of year. Be sure and party safely. There’s still time to finish your costume or think of one if you haven’t already. From intentionally cheesy couples’ costumes to the most obscure references, Halloween is a chance to get creative and have fun.
If staring at a screen or inducing a scream aren’t your style, try checking out various pumpkin patches and corn mazes around the Corpus Christi area. The Rockin’ K Maze in Robstown recently opened up for their 2017 season and will remain open through Nov. 12.
Corpus Christi wouldn’t be the city it is without the annual Dia de los Muertos festival hosted in the Marina Arts District downtown. This one-day festival, held at the end of October, will honor the souls lost in the prior year with altars, folk-art, music and more in an extravagant display of the city’s culture.
Finally, don’t forget about trick-or-treating. You might be too old to go door-to-door for candy (or you might not be, I won’t judge), but there are still opportunities to give to the community through this tradition. Trunk-or-treat events and other charitable trick-or-treat derivatives are often open to anyone during Halloween season and allows the holiday spirit to be shared with those less fortunate.
Keep an eye on your Islander email or Google “What to do for Halloween in Corpus Christi” for more fun and spooky opportunities popping up around the city this month.
There’s no shortage of things to see, watch or do this Halloween season. So pop some popcorn, put the finishing touches on that costume and stock up on your favorite candy. This Halloween is full of possibilities.