Trick-or-treat! OPR has some *sweet* Halloween festivities to share

If you follow us on any of our social media or outreach channels, you know how jazzed we’ve been for Halloween. While not everyone on our team enjoys haunts, we all can appreciate some of the fun activities that come along with Halloween and fall in general. In the spirit of the season, our team shared their favorite Halloween traditions with you for this week’s blog! 


Oh my! Halloween isn’t just a night for our family – it’s a season, and it all begins Sept. 1. We’re big fans of this fall holiday and try to celebrate accordingly. Some of our favorites are pumpkin patch visits, bonfires, hayrides, carving jack-o’-lanterns, trick-or-treating and decking out our house in Halloween-themed decor! And I can’t forget our annual viewing of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. 


I love getting to take my kids trick-or-treating and watching their faces light up when the next piece of candy gets added to their bag. That was always a favorite memory from childhood, so now that I’m able to take my kids to do the same, it brings back happy memories. As for candy, my favorite is always Twix! 


I’ve always enjoyed snuggling under a blanket with a good horror movie and buttery popcorn for Halloween! This year, I have a husband and a stepson to celebrate with, and I’m looking forward to starting new spooky traditions – one of which I know will be baking Halloween-inspired sugar cookies (Isaiah’s special request). 


For me, Halloween is the start of a wonderful season of holidays (followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mardi Gras). In October, we love going to the pumpkin patch, Keeping Up With The Skellingtons at our neighbor’s house, and (most years) we try to make it up to CM Farms. It all culminates on Halloween night, when our neighborhood comes alive. Many people tailgate in their driveways while handing out candy, but some who live on the far side of the neighborhood without many trick-or-treaters come over with their own baskets of treats to be part of the fun! 


I always look forward to carving pumpkins and watching them glow at night on my front porch. Also, I’m not much of a candy eater, but come Halloween season, you don’t have to ask me twice to grab a handful of mini Twix! 


I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I LOVE candy corn. I mix it with animal crackers and dig in! Don’t knock it till you try it, y’all.


I LOVE Halloween decorations. Driving through my neighborhood during this season has been giving me a boost! I have been slowly building my decoration arsenal year over year, and I hope to have the spookiest yard on the block come 2025. Shamefully, I have been indulging in Reese’s ghosts since July. Don’t tell anyone! 


Though the majority of my holiday season excitement is devoted to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Sanderson sisters, Max, Dani, Allison and Binx get me into the Halloween spirit every year. I have never gone (and will never go!) one October without delving into the joy that is Hocus Pocus! 


It’s no surprise that Halloween is my favorite holiday, but I have to say that my favorite part about Halloween is the nostalgia. It’s almost like there’s a buzz in the air during this season. No matter your age, as soon as the leaves start to fall, you think of hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin carving, scary movies, costumes and candy. 


My personality is Halloween year-round. I love all things spooky and macabre – so, of course, my favorite Halloween tradition is watching COUNTLESS horror films. From new movies to the classics, you can find me bingeing scary movies all month long. It wouldn’t be Halloween without a little Michael Myers, would it? 


Halloween has become one of my favorite holidays in recent years because of the nostalgia surrounding the holiday. No matter what mood I was in as a child, “Hocus Pocus” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” always brought so much joy for this season with friends and family! Today, these classics are on repeat throughout October – there’s no better way to get into the spooky spirit!


My whole family loves Halloween! My aunts, grandmother and mother always subtly compete with each other to see who has the best decor and costumes. They’ve even gone as far as turning their homes into mini haunted houses! I’ve spent many Halloween eves fluffing fake spiderwebs and bedazzling skulls just in the hopes of earning bragging rights at Thanksgiving dinner. I hope to continue the tradition in the future!