Happy Halloween, blog readers!

For those of you who have never experienced this spooky holiday, we have compiled a list of the Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Canada! Have other ideas? Comment below & share them with us!

1. Host or go to Halloween Party

Weather you decide to host your own party or go to a friend’s house or downtown- the expectations are the same. Costumes, candy, and plenty of scary decorations (think bats, spider webs, tombstones, and skeletons!). Costume contests are common as well, so weather your costume is funny, scary, simply disgusting- be sure to get as creative as possible!

2. Watch a scary movie

Get together with friends and get into the Halloween mood with some scary movies! Some must-see movies include Hocus Pocus, Halloween, Sixth Sense, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Shining – anything that will give you chills down your spine!

3. Give candy out to Trick-Or-Treaters

Although many university-aged students still participate in the fun of Halloween- this holiday is actually most popular among young children in Canada. Elementary-school kids dress up in costumes and go door-to-door with pails or pillowcases, greeting homeowners with the phrase “Trick or Treat?!” The person at the door then usually gives a “treat” (candy) to each child to avoid being tricked. If you don’t want children knocking at your door, turn off your front-door lights between about 5- 9 p.m. If you still get unwanted visitors- consider putting up a sign that says “no candy” (Note: Giving out candy is not required, but it is expected and appreciated by neighbourhood parents! Sometimes children will even go door-to-door inside their own apartment building).

4. Carve pumpkins

A Jack-o-lantern is perhaps the most common decoration you’ll see at Halloween. Jack-o-lanterns are hallowed out pumpkins with faces or images carved into them. A candle is placed inside the pumpkins and the light shines out of the holes, displaying the image. If you want to make Jack-o-lantern, you can find pumpkins at the grocery store for $5 to $10 and then get templates online here. Tip: Be sure to save the pumpkin seeds for an easy, healthy snack! Click here for a recipe!

5. Stock your shelves with candy

For those of you who don’t want to dress-up but still have a sweet tooth- you can always focus your attention on the day AFTER Halloween when all of your favourite candy will be on sale! Just don’t eat it all at once or you’ll end up with a stomach ache and maybe a few dental issues!

BONUS: Don’t forget about IESC’s Halloween Party at Global Café on Thursday! We’ll have coffee and tea as usual, plus a photo booth and Halloween treats to sample! Join us in the IGAB Atrium from 3-5pm— everyone is welcome and costumes are encouraged!

For more information about the history of Halloween in Canada, visit http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/halloween