NERDIWEEN Week 1: Hello, Great Pumpkin!

Say hello to the Great Pumpkin, everyone, because October is finally here!

Have you picked out the perfect patch to sing pumpkin carols?

It’s also the first official week of NERDIWEEN, and I thought it only apporpriate to begin the event with a classic Halloween special: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 

If you have not seen Great Pumpkin, you’re missing out on 30 minutes of a brilliantly whimsical story with that good ol’ blockhead, Charlie Brown, and the forever optimistic–yet disillusioned–friend, Linus. I would highly, highly reccommend watching it. Find it wherever you can; Netflix, Amazon, TV. Watch it. Love it. Boom, you’re in the Halloween spirit.

If you can’t get your hands on a copy, or you’re just looking to get into the swing of the season, then play this as you read on:

I would watch this special as a kid to mark the coming of fall and All Hallow’s Eve, so it holds a certain amount of significance with me. My family and I would bust out the decorations, pop this in, and spookify our house. Getting our house haunted for the holiday is the first major step in preparing for Halloween, and sets the stage for the rest of the month. Decorating wasn’t just about dressing the house up for the occassion, but about getting ready personally for all the fun the season brings.

To kick off NERDIWEEN and Halloween, here are 13 quick and easy ways to get yourself and your house ready to welcome the Great Pumpkin.

  1. Not sure where to start? Begin by picking up special edition Halloween magazines. These periodicals detail creative ways to get your house looking spooktacular. Some of my favorite ideas come from Martha Stewart’s mind; she’ll usually release a special edition publication that only discusses Halloween-centered tricks and treats.
  2. Start visiting pumpkin patches, apple orchards, corn mazes, and–if they’re to your liking–haunted attractions. These places really get the juices flowing, especially if you’re easily scared at a haunted house.
  3. Pick a new theme to decorate your house in. Mad scientist laboratory, dungeon, witch’s coven, mummy’s tomb, anything! This makes the holiday fresh and new year after year.
  4. Send out Halloween cards to your friends. I do this every year. Forget Christmas cards, Halloween cards are waaay more fun!  
  5. You know those seasonal Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake cookies with ghostly and ghoulish shapes in the dough? Need I say more?
  6. Sing pumpkin carols.
  7. Speaking of pumpkins, why not carve some pumpkins? If you want to avoid the mushy mess that befalls all fresh pumpkins, then use craft pumpkins. Light with LED candles, and you have a durable jack-o-lantern to last for Halloweens to come.  
  8. Shop around the pop-up Halloween aisles in  your favorite stores for inspiration.
  9. Collect fallen autumn foliage, seasonal squashes, and creepy cobwebs to celebrate the wonderful month of October. This is also a great way to pay homage to Samhain, the ancient festival of the harvest.
  10. Start planning your costume (more details to come about this NEXT WEEK)!
  11. Stock up on candy. It’s called “Fun Size” for a reason, you know.  
  12. Binge watch Halloween TV specials and movies. Rememberthe DIsney Channel’s month-long celebration?
  13. Partake in Halloween crafts, just like the one you’ll see ON FRIDAY!

Hopefully this will get you in the mood! Join me on Friday for this week’s featured craft, along with Face Off Digest! Remember to use #nerdiween to help celebrate the season!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 

Featured Image: Pumpkin Background and Linus, Costumed Peanuts, Dear Great Pumpkin, Pumpkin Carving, I got a rock. I do not own any rights to the Peanuts Characters or their images.

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