Like Ron and his pirate costume on Parks and Recreation, I dress as Dorothy Zbornak from the Golden Girls every year for Halloween. It’s a really easy costume because all of my fashion inspiration comes from her to begin with, so I go to my closet for long, cotton vests and flat, pastel loafers. I just have to buy some grey hair dye, red lipstick and a pleather, wrap-around purse and I’m set. I am a young person, so this costume is different from me. That, slutty twenty-somethings dressed like slutty Halloween-somethings, is the point of the holiday.
The catacombs beneath Paris are home to over a million corpses, many open to the air, even stacked like cordwood along its many levels. When the plague hit Paris in the mid-14th century, Paris was far too densely developed to make individual burials practical. In any case, people were dying too fast for that. The ultimate decision was made to begin using the subterranean passageways beneath the city, much of them left over from when Paris was actually built atop the older Roman city below, as a makeshift burial site. Over the years hundreds of thousands of people have found their final resting place there, and now, for just a few euros, you can visit them.
Treats: First things first; your Halloween won't be much fun if you garner the wrath of candy-craving children, so you better have plenty of treats on hand. If you don't have very much money to spend on candy for the trick-or-treaters, look for options such as stickers or spider rings—often cheaper than a bag of candy, and also more unusual than your everyday peanut butter cups.
Costumes: Do you and your crew have your costumes all planned out and ready to go? No? Well, if you find yourself in need of a costume with only moments to spare, take heart; it's totally possible to throw together a pretty decent costume in a matter of minutes for little or no money. Got a sheet? Cut some holes so you can see out, toss it over your head, and be a ghost. Got a tie-dye and a bandana? Add some beads or a peace sign necklace, and you've got a pretty good retro look going on. Want to be a star? Throw on a huge hat and big sunglasses and go for the “celebrity trying to 'avoid' the paparazzi” look.
An Inviting Path to your Door: Make sure walkways are clear, free of fallen branches and wayward toys. Take a look at the path trick-or-treaters will be taking to get to your door. Are there any brambles or low-hanging tree branches overhanging the walkway that could be potentially dangerous? If so, trim them back. Check your porch light before Halloween night to ensure it's in good working order. You might want to keep an extra bulb on hand, just in case. Sweep the front porch and walkway, and wipe down your front door. This creates a welcoming atmosphere for trick-or-treaters and wandering spirits alike.
The in-store “How to” advertisements include tips on the correct power tools, door locks, and cleaners for keeping zombies at bay. In addition, on the company’s website its included “zombies” among its list of specialties in home improvement alongside more mundane topics like “lawn/garden”, and “paint”. Westlake’s director of customer relationship development, Liz Benditt, told the Omaha World Herald, "I love the tone. If we can help you with your lawn and your home, we can help you with the zombie apocalypse."
10. A Booger
This is pretty gross, but isn’t that what Halloween is about? Add any kind of slime or range of brown to green makeup on your face for added effect. Bonus if you can get your partner to dress up as a nose somehow…
An Omaha psychiatrist braved her own fears in attending a haunted house so she could talk about the season's fascination with the creepy, the scary, and the down right horrifying. Dr. Lindsey Corr has been terrified of haunted houses since a child, when her little brother became lost in one. However, to diagnose the things that make us afraid, and some of the lingering sociological problems with things like haunted houses, she braved one anyway. After the 10 minute trip through, she took a deep breath, saying, “It wasn’t that bad. I just didn’t look at anything!” Grown up with a doctoral degree in what makes people’s minds tick seems to have made her more resilient to the things that thoroughly terrify us when we’re younger.