This year, the spooky season has commenced and is taking off at a rapid pace with people rushing to the stores for decorations and costumes. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic hindered the season, with few people going out and kids keeping far distances from others while trick-or-treating.
The Centers for Disease Control has recently greenlit trick-or-treating and haunted houses this year, and people are getting ready. From new TikTok trends to sequels to old movies, the Halloween season is in full swing more than it ever has been before.
Last year, the pandemic halted all types of holiday celebrations with students and locals alike all having to err on the side of caution. There were no haunted houses, spooky parties and barely any children out trick-or-treating. Those who did go out wore masks, kept their distance and even had to sanitize the candy they received.
In a survey done by Cassidy Johncox, over 83.7 percent stated that they would be planning to go out this year for Halloween and only 16.3 percent stated they would refrain from celebrating the holiday this year.
This year, however, Halloween is taking off at a fast pace with the return of several haunted houses, Spirit Halloween stores and pumpkin patches. Even social media sites have been swept up in Halloween themed trends, flooding everybody’s recommendation pages.
In a recent article published by Daffany Chan, “Tik Tok is Full of Spooky Trends for Halloween, So Here Are The Best Ones,” she discusses the latest trends emerging from the popular video app that would get anybody into the holiday spirit. Costume fails, Halloween makeup and even the “Now Murder” trend (from the song “Chop Chop Slide”) have allowed many to get into the spirit of the season, going all out for these 30-second videos.
With the rising popularity of these trends also comes the excitement from users online about upcoming Halloween movie sequels. “Halloween Kills,” a sequel to the infamous “Halloween” movie series and “Muppets Haunted Mansion” are all set to be released this year, getting people into the movie theaters for some nostalgic seasonal movies.
“Hocus Pocus,” an all-time fan favorite Halloween movie, is coming out with a sequel in October 2022, bringing back some playful nostalgia for many who may have been cooped up last year.
There is also a sequel book to the popular Disney movie, “Nightmare Before Christmas,” in the works, bringing this nostalgia-induced spooky season into full gear for hardcore fans.
Even China Anne Mcclain, a former Disney channel actress, recently celebrated her iconic song, “Calling All the Monsters,” ten years after with the release of a new music video. The video amassed over 2.1 million views in the span of two weeks, giving spooky season fans a push even further into celebrating to the max.
This spooky season has been unlike any other, with an underlying theme of bringing back childhood nostalgia to many. Halloween last year burned out fast, as many locals and students were still cooped up inside with very few practical ways to celebrate. As people have been going out more, the need to celebrate this holiday season appears to be at an all-time high.