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10 Really Fun Ways to Spend Halloween with Your Barkada

When you're tired of trick-or-treating routine, here are things you could do to spice up the Halloween with your besties!
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Halloween is definitely one of the most awaited events of the year where you get to dress up with your gals and go trick or treating. As a kid, we plan our costumes ahead of time because the scarier your costume, the better the treats you get. It's not-so different when you grow up. You still go out with your pals, dress up in a nifty costume, and get some candy action going. But there are times when trick or treating isn't as fun as it used to be, and so to spice things up, we listed down some unconventional but rad things to do this Halloween! You can mix and match some of these ideas to make your #Halloween2015 the most memorable one yet.

 1  Bake goodies.

Getting sweet treats isn't as fun as making them! Instead of going around different houses to get your own sweets, you and your barkada could try making these delectable recipes at home. The more you are, the more fun it is to bake. You can make cookies in the shape of a spider or a ghost and give them to the kids trick-or-treating that night. What's more fun about this is that you get to turn up the music, get as messy as you can, while baking, plus you get to have fun creating more memories with some of the people you love the most.

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 2  Marathon your favorite horror movies. 

Nothing gets you in the Halloween spirit quite like watching all your favorite horror movies in one night. It'll certainly give you the proper mood to welcome all the spooky activities this Halloween. Of course, being with your barkada makes watching all of it bearable–you're sure that you won't be the only one screaming tonight.

 3  Solve a mystery.

With numerous mystery-themed places along Katipunan and Libis, you won't have to look far for a fun game challenge with your friends. Think of these things as an upgraded hide-and-seek wherein this time you're not looking for your friends, but you're looking for the answer to the challenge. Most games last for an hour or a bit more so it won't take much time, plus they have package deals so you won't have to spend so much. Welcome the season of peek-a-boo with a good Halloween-themed escape room.

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 4  Make a Halloween-themed music video.

It's the perfect combination of you and your friends in Halloween costumes and your group's theme song playing on the speakers. So why not make a fun music video together? It doesn't have to be picture perfect just like the ones of your favorite artists, it could just be you and your group showing off your craziest dance moves or pranking your other friends while playing some background music. To give it a more Halloween theme, pick a song that reminds you of the dark or the season!

 5  Share stories around a campfire.

Like what Spongebob once sang, "Let's gather 'round the campfire and sing our campfire song," Halloween isn't complete without you and your friends meeting around a campfire, with marshmallows on sticks, and each sharing a horror story they heard about somewhere. With the moon shining bright, food in your tummy, a blanket around your shoulders, and friends for company, nothing can go wrong! Well, except maybe for a really creepy story or two tthat'll shake you up just a little bit for the evening.

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 6  Visit local museums.

If you and your barkada are not into dressing up, there's always something for you guys to do. Some museums have free admission all throughout this month of October so it's a definite must-try to see all the paintings and artifacts of the past. Instead of imagining what could have happened then, you can see for yourself the real events that did occur. Some art could inspire you for your next DIY activity with your friends as well.

 7  Be adventurous.

Halloween is right in the middle of semester break for most schools, so it's a week long break for you to enjoy. Instead of staying in the city all week long, try venturing out into the different unfamiliar places in the Philippines. You don't even have to look too far to climb up a nice mountain and share the breathtaking view with your friends. If hiking or trekking isn't your thing, there are campsites starting to emerge in different places surrounding the metro. Spending the night out with your friends under one tent is the perfect way to bond with one another. Of course, you can never go wrong with a simple road trip around the region with your best pals.

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 8  DIY.

Since you've got a lot of time on your hands, experiment with some arts and crafts. With lots of new artsy Instagram accounts and blogs, inspiration definitely won't be limited. You can try painting or try your hand in photography and take pictures of the little kids running around in their cute costumes asking for treats. You can make Halloween cards to give out to the trick-or-treaters or help decorate houses for a Halloween event. Crafting and designing with your barkada will add to the excitement as you get to try out things that you usually don't do.

 9  Build your own horror maze.

If you're looking for something to do with more people, you can try making your own Halloween maze. This time, you guys will be in charge of all the petrifying activities in the maze and scaring everyone who dare enter it. The fun part about this is that you guys are in charge now, so you could do whatever you want with it.

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 10  Have a Halloween party.

Sometimes the best way to welcome the spooky season is to go with something more traditional–go to a friend's house with your barkada, dress up in horror costumes, and dance to your favorite songs. You can hold a best costume contest or one involving eating as much candy in under a minute. It's a night to have fun and to welcome one of the coolest events of the year with your best friends..

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Senior high school came with so much unnecessary pain and pressure that I didn't realize I was gasping for air. I always sat by the window to stare out during class as the voice of my teacher became background noise that faded into my daydreams. Before I knew it, I was packing a small backpack in the middle of the semester on a cold November evening to go on a trip to Tokyo. This time it wasn't a dream and it felt as if time stood still.

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My aunt who was far lovelier and even more vibrant than the colors on the delicately folded cranes was there to welcome me as well. The paper cranes weren't the only things she prepared for my one-week stay. On a little pink card, she had my name along with my Tokyo address handwritten in Japanese for our rides on the bus & bullet train; and in case I get lost. She also prepared a small pink pouch with cute yellow elephants on it. The pouch was filled with coins of different amounts. The coins were for me to spend freely on drinks and snacks in vending machines. It was all more than enough since beforehand she already prepared us 2 weeks' worth of snacks for my 1-week stay. On top of all that she prepared winter clothes since I traveled light and she insisted that I wear the pink parka that she brought before I came over. I find it funny that she still thinks I like pink but it's still just like the good old days. She's still one of the most thoughtful people I know. My aunt is a missionary in Japan and has always been like a mother and a friend to me. I sobbed like a baby in front of a thousand-member congregation on the day my family and I sent her off. A few years later, with my father being our Church's missions pastor, I was given the opportunity to travel to Tokyo and see her. Seeing her again was bittersweet. It's sweet since she raised me and is a big part of who I am and my interests today. But bitter because it hits you like a ton of bricks when you notice someone you love is has gotten older or weaker. Don't we all feel that at some point with our parents and guardians? On my father's side of the family, we have issues of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Dementia. It's hard to pretend that it doesn't hurt that after years of being with my grandma, she doesn't know who I am. As for my dad, on top of having Parkinson's he is starting to show early signs of dementia too. It's scary how quickly one can forget decades worth of memories. I wonder if I may go through that as well one day.

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We have been confined with the worldview about the idea of success; thus, the word “productivity” has been diverted into a different meaning. We labeled the level of our success by identifying the weight of the works we’ve done – believing that the busier you are, the more productive you’ll be. But little did we know that this kind of mindset is a pitfall, ending up in a trap and restricting us to do more of what we can.

Every person has their own way of planning on how to get productive. One of the tips mentioned by Prosalendis was the “2 Hour Hermit Mode” where you just need to stay quiet for two hours to learn and reflect. Within the 2-Hour Hermit Mode, you need to completely shut down outside distractions and try to do nothing, this will help you to have a peace of mind and a quiet time. Focus. This word may be cliché, having a shallow meaning, but the reality is, focusing on one thing is one of the hardest things to do. Some people may have mistakenly understood “doing nothing” as unproductive, but this is actually a form of taking a break. I usually do this 2-Hour Hermit every time I am loaded with tons of deadlines. Just try to sit in the corner of a coffee shop and try to discover new things or just go to a place where you find yourself comfort and peace.

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The art of doing nothing makes you appreciate the beauty of the mundane things - you get to witness how the leaves sway on their own branches, you get to see the unappreciated smiles of the people, you get to hear the sound of the birds giving you lullabies. You will never have the time to focus if you are too disturbed with a lot of things. Give yourself a rest from thinking about all the work you need to do. Don’t get distracted and give yourself the freedom of unfolding new things. The power of focusing and art of doing nothing will help you to do things you don’t normally do, and maybe start to love the things you once hated. Trace your progress. We don’t know how productive we are unless we trace our activities. I have a journal where I can write the things I have done, and the things I wasn’t able to accomplish. This helps me to track and jot down the things I failed to do within the day.

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You are able to take a break and have a rest by doing outside the boundary of the tons of work you have. You will also be surprised that you have done so many things when you’re listing the things you’ve accomplished. This will not just give you the satisfaction but you will also be grateful for what you have done for the past twenty-four hours. You just need a minute to reminisce what you have done while enjoying the silence in the process. Small daily acts can be a solution to achieve our long-term goals. We’re always bombarded with distractions and piled up work, but nothing can beat the idea of staying on track and not feeling lost. By doing this, we will always be reminded why we started to commit on the things that we want to do. After all, what makes us love what we do is knowing why we started it in the first place. The problem with us is that we are too busy achieving, losing the time to see the colors of the ordinary. We are blinded with the idea that success comes with great productivity. We always think that we are defined by how much work we exerted, and not appreciating the effort we’ve given. The fact is you are already successful in acknowledging that you have done something, and nothing.

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