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Get spooky, not sad: how to treat your post-Halloween blues

Lily Clark dresses as Tiger Lilly, Maggie Blank dresses as Minnie Mouse, and Shelby Miller  dresses as the imogi girl .
Buy Photos Lily Clark dresses as Tiger Lilly, Maggie Blank dresses as Minnie Mouse, and Shelby Miller dresses as the imogi girl .

If you’re reading this, that means the spookiest time of the year (besides finals season) is over. 

Halloween, or “Halloweekend,” as it is affectionately referred to, has ended, and we’ll have to wait a full year for its sugar-filled spell to charm us again. 

No matter what you did to celebrate, Halloween is a welcome respite from the stresses of college.

While it's sad to see the holiday go, don’t fret — here are some suggestions to help wipe away the post-Halloween blues.

Songs to listen to

Have a dance party listening to the Spooky Scary Skeletons remix for the last time while you eat your remaining pile of candy, take down your Halloween decorations and reminisce about last night.

Listen to it again — this time the 10 hour version — because why not? The Swerve Halloween playlist has some other scary songs to listen to for the last time this year.

Once you’ve thoroughly spooked yourself out, it’s time to start the slow transition to the festivities of the other holiday season — Christmas. 

Yes, I know it’s soon, and it’s OK to still be sad that Halloween is over. 

But even more festivities are to come, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah or any other holiday celebrated during the coming months. Really, it’s a constant ride from here on out.

Fill the void Halloween has left in its wake with some cheery holiday carols, like Pentatonix’s cover of "Little Drummer Boy," Michael Buble’s classic album or the multitude of Christmas playlists on Spotify. 

Even if wintertime isn't your scene, there’s no denying the warmth and cheer of the holiday season to come. 

Embrace it and let Michael Buble’s crooning voice carry you out of your post-Halloween blues.

Movies to watch

"Halloweentown" reruns may stop playing on Disney Channel after Halloween, but that doesn't mean all the spooky flicks have to end. Here are some movie suggestions to help both celebrate Halloween’s magic and give it a fun-filled send-off:

"Ghostbusters", "Hocus Pocus," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" (relevant,) "House," "Shaun of the Dead," "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Zombieland" and some classic reruns of "Scooby Doo."  

Things to do

One exciting thing about Halloween being over is all the candy discounts — if you haven’t gotten your fill of sugary goods yet, it’s prime time right now to stock up on candy for probably the rest of the year.

It’s also time to look forward and start planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the various upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving dishes? Christmas dorm decorations? Next year’s Halloween costume? The possibilities are endless.

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