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Friday the 13th

It’s Friday the 13th, so here’s 13 freaky, spooky, frightening, and maybe even terrifying things you can do today!

1 – Friday Night Movie Night (Scary)

If you’re the type of girl that loves that adrenaline rush, invite some friends over and watch scary movies! Whether it be the infamous Friday the 13th movie or anything else you love, grab that popcorn and start binging! Extra points for watching them at night!

Here’s a list of some movies for everyone!

2 – Watch Nostalgic Movies (Fun)

Now, if you’re not into the scary stuff like me, open up your streaming services and start watching those movies we saw as kids. There’s nothing like a good childhood movie! Mine happened to be Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, some newer ones, and funny animated ones like the Scary Godmother.

3 – Bake Halloween Cookies

Have you seen that TikTok trend of baking cookies within cookies? Well now you have! For halloween, and just about any other holiday, take your favorite cookie and prep it on a sheet pan. But wait! Before that, press a small indent into the middle of the raw dough and place your Pillsbury Halloween Cookie in the middle. Ta da! You now have an adorable, yet creative new cookie for spooky season.

4 – Go Friday Shopping

This fun and inexpensive way to decorate your room, home, or potential dorm for the holiday is something I do just about every month. Bring a friend or parent and visit your local dollar, craft, or party store for some of the best; and yes, inexpensive, decor you can find! I’ve found tons of cute halloween things for my dorm like fake pumpkins, cute lights, and even wrap around tinsel to spice it up for the festivities.

5 – Shop for costumes!

If you haven’t already, go shopping for a cute and spooky, or freaky and terrifying costume this year. Plan on going trick-or-treating with friends and think about a costume theme between the group. This is such an adorable idea and gives you ideas of what to dress up as. Team up and make create your own version as Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Ghostface, and even Edward Scissorhands. That ought to draw a crowd.

If you’re going at night, make sure you have everyone’s numbers in case of emergency!

A life hack I learned was to wear the same color glow stick bracelets! You’re able to see them from a distance and point out any wandering friends. Now go get that candy!

6 – Listen to Spooky Songs

Nothing hits quite like a good Halloween song. Bring out the Friday the 13th vibe with your favorite songs of the season. It can be anything you like! The best ones are the oldies – hey, I’m not that old; they’re old for me too!! Here’s 36 of the best and most well-known songs playing right now.

7 – Paint Pumpkins

Ever since I saw this idea on my Instagram feed I’ve been doing it every fall. Not only does painting pumpkins (ONLY WITH ACRYLIC PAINT) make them eye catching, it also preserves the pumpkin for about 2 months without rotting. Here’s 70 ideas that’ll help you get started. Don’t forget to post and #pumpkinpaintingparty to get your designs seen!

8 – Blood, Gore, & Candy Corn

You either love it or you hate it, but candy corn has other uses besides being eaten! So, pumpkin pie anyone? Carve out those pumpkin guts and make the freakiest faces you can. Candy corn works as pumpkin teeth. You could even fill your pumpkin with this candy and give it to your greatest enemy. Host a contest of who can make the freakiest pumpkin, fake blood and all! Pumpkin guts can get really freaky looking with the help of a little food dye (or if you’re like me, use a little fake blood).

9 – Make a Sundae.. on a Friday!

Confused why this is here? Well, there’s so many fun ways to make cute pumpkin sundaes with food dyes and even toppings. Just like a snowman, you can pile on the accessories and make the most stylish, skyscraper sundae. I love doing this with my family; I like to make mine bloody with strawberry syrup. Let your creative side take over with this fun activity!

10 – Make a Squishmallow Pit!

You heard me. Dump those squishies on the floor and make that pit of floof you and your friends can enjoy! Trust me, it’s worth it. You can even make tents and tell scary stories surrounded by your squishy friends.

11 – Read Scary Stories

I love a good horror story, so what a better time than today to read them. Bonus points for reading them at night! If you’re a mature reader and fan of murder mysteries or just horror in general, I recommend authors like Jo Nesbo, The Grimm’s Brothers, and Mary Beth Millers On the Head of a Pin. Some of the classics include, but aren’t limited to: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King (I really recommend his Skeleton Crew selection), Mary Shelley, and H.P. Lovecraft.

And if you’re a younger reader and fan of more fun spooky stories, I recommend Ray Bradbury and James Patterson’s novels, as well as my favorite The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Z Brewer. It’s been some time since I’ve been so young, so here’s a link to some fun books you might like!

12 – Make that Peep vase!

It’s very popular out here; and is one of my all time favorite candies, marshmallow Peep vases! If you have Pinterest, Instagram, or TikTok, I highly recommend looking them up. There’s so many ways to make cute and yummy centerpieces this season – or any season!

13 – Drink water!!

There’s nothing scarier than being dehydrated. Make sure you drink enough water so you have energy for all these terrifyingly fun activities!


And don’t forget to check out this spooky quiz from Girl Spring contributor Abenson1 to see what Halloween activity suits you!


Happy Friday the 13th!

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  • Lauren Lindsey

    This is so cute!! I definitely need to paint some pumpkins and watch some Halloween movies with my friends 🙂

    October 18, 2023 at 9:18 pm
  • Natalyn Baker

    I am a little bit late to this post, but all of these activities are guaranteed Halloween-related fun! My Halloween playlist has been on repeat as of late, and I have been wanting to carve and paint pumpkins!

    October 27, 2023 at 5:36 pm
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