Posted 7:56 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

Carving a pumpkin with some precision is one way to get creative and have fun this Halloween.

Six ideas to celebrate at home, on campus or in your car

Halloween is in the air. But this year it’s up to everyone to get their scare on while also slowing the spread of COVID-19.  

How, you may ask, can I do that? Have no fear. 

Instead of haunted walks, haunted houses and Halloween parties, try these fun and scary ideas. 

1. You don’t need to go far for a fright! The UWL events page features spooky events on campus! Such as: 

2. Take a local, haunted drive thru 

If you have access to wheels, don’t miss getting spooked from the seat of your carCheck out a drive-thru haunted house. Note: Later times are scarier. Stay with your roommates or housemates to prevent the spread of COVID. Both events are free, but non-perishable food donations are appreciated. 

3. Watch ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin or your favorite spook show 

Watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a five-decade Halloween tradition on broadcast TVFor the first time this year, the classic will be streamed on Apple TV + instead. Not subscribed? No worries. It is free Oct. 30-Nov. 1.  

Catch a free flick from anywhere with your student ID and password through the Campus Activities Board virtual cinema. 

Re-watch some of the Halloween classics  

Less scary 

  • Beetlejuice 
  • Casper 
  • Coraline 
  • Edward Scissorhands 
  • Gremlins 
  • Halloweentown 
  • Harry Potter 
  • Hocus Pocus 
  • Practical Magic 
  • The Addams Family 
  • The Goonies 
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 
  • Young Frankenstein 

More scary 

  • Bird Box 
  • The Exorcist 
  • The Nun 
  • The Shining 
  • The Silence of the Lambs 
  • The Sixth Sense 

Tip from UWL faculty member: Lights off for horror movies is a must! “Recently, my wife and I have been watching 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' on Netflix. Each night we watch an episode, I request that the lights be turned off. It just adds to the atmosphere of watching something scary or spooky." - Dan Plunkett, assistant professor of Rec Management and Therapeutic Recreation.

4. Carve a great pumpkin 

Pick out a pumpkin at an area grocery store or pumpkin patch and practice your craft of carving. Tools such as a keyhole saw, fine tooth saw, and apple corer can help with more intricate designs. Socially distance and wear masks if getting together to carve. 

5. Treat yourself and housemates to spooky, fun food and drink 

6. Solve a murder mystery — in a game

  • Target, Amazon and many other stores sell murder mystery games that set up a crime for you to solve. Play with your roommates or set up a game with friends virtually!