Hack your Halloween, impress trick-or-treaters

Welcome back, Blake! It’s October which means it’s time to get spooky. Here’s some fun facts and hacks to help you have a legendary Halloween.

Jack-o-lanterns are thought to have originated from an Irish legend about a man named Jack, who tricked the devil several times. When Jack died, he wasn’t sent to either heaven or hell, but instead was forced to wander the earth as a spirit and use his lantern to mislead travelers off their paths.

Nothing is more disappointing than a rotten pumpkin. After carving out your jack-o-lantern, spray the inside with one tablespoon of peppermint castile soap mixed with one quart of water. The peppermint should prevent the carved areas of the pumpkin from spoiling. Also consider cutting open the pumpkin from the bottom instead of the top. It makes scraping out the inside and putting in a lit candle so much easier.

Celebrating Halloween hasn’t always been about candy and pumpkins. In Scotland, girls would soak sheets with water and hang them out in front of a fire. Legend has said that by doing this, they’d be able to see the faces of their future husbands. Forget Valentine’s Day, Halloween is the holiday of love.

Not all of us have the time or money to put together an extravagant costume, but that doesn’t mean you should skip the fun altogether. Simple, yet clever costumes are a much easier alternative. Just put on a tan top and stick a bunch of sticky notes to yourself, and boom! You’re a bulletin board. Duct tape a baby doll to your pants and you’re a baby sitter!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween, whether you’re out trick-or-treating, partying with friends, or just staying home. Remember to eat, drink, and be scary!