Get Creative: Halloween’s Leftovers

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So your five-day weekend filled with tricks, treats, and probably a good hangover or two has come to an end. It’s hard to just let go of all the things that made your weekend so memorable, but what, you ask yourself, are you supposed to do with the mass quantities of candy and obscure costume accessories? There are plenty of ways you can recycle these things and relive the memories of your fantastic weekend. Here are a few ideas:

Flavor Your Vodka

Got Skittles? Separate them into colors so you have about 60 of each. Put them into plastic water bottles and fill each with six ounces of plain vodka. Shake them up, let them sit overnight, strain the skittles out and let your concoction freeze. For serving suggestions, mix with ginger ale, 7-Up or serve on the rocks.

Freeze Your Chocolate Bars

I don’t know about you, but for me the best late night snack is a frozen Snickers or Milky Way. The fun-sized candy bars freeze up in about half an hour, and there’s nothing more satisfying than a crunchy, creamy bar of candy to help you get through studying during the wee hours of the night. Freezing your candy will also allow it to keep for longer, so the Halloween treats will last all year!

Dressing Up Continues Beyond Halloween

College is all about going to themed parties, so save all your hats, glasses, and ridiculous clothing. You never know when your flapper dress will come in handy for a Roaring Twenties party, or your suspenders and dorky glasses will be useful for a Mathletes and Athletes party.

Save and Recycle Neutral Pieces

Did you wear a red and white striped shirt as a pirate this year? Wear it again as Where’s Waldo next Halloween. Staple items such as jerseys, spandex, fish nets, suspenders, overalls and LBD’s cover the entire Halloween spectrum, and accessories such as sunglasses, cowboy hats and Mardi Gras beads go a long way too. Your costume next year will be just as creative, but you won’t have had to spend any money on it –a college kid’s dream come true.

Find That Warm Spot in Your Heart

You probably had candy drives when you were in grade school. Just because the big box isn’t sitting in your homeroom class anymore doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to donate your leftovers to children less fortunate. Find a local food bank or a UNICEF donation hub near your school. Giving away your extra candy will help you feel good about contributing to a worthy cause AND simultaneously help you fight the freshman 15!

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