Well, Halloween is on a Friday this year <em>and</em> it rhymes: Halloween 2014. Okay, so the rhyming thing is nothing new, but … hey, hey Friday! That’s a big deal!</br></br>So, this has got to be a sign of … something … right? Maybe it means this Halloween will be one of the best ever! But, how do you make Halloween ghoulishly great? Keep these holiday tricks in mind and this year’s Halloween will be a real treat:</br></br><strong>1. Keep Expectations Low, Spirits High</strong></br></br>Halloween is a lot like New Year’s Eve in that we all want something special to happen, but it inevitably ends up being a night of seemingly endless annoyances, disappointments and inconveniences.</br></br>This is not the proper Halloween mindset. Costume malfunctions, immature pranks and weird, sticky things that get caught in your hair are part of the Standard Halloween Package. Don’t let it get you down! You’re Wonder Woman! Or Batman! Or Zombie Mickey Mouse!</br></br>Whoever you are, tonight you are not yourself. You are a superhuman powered by candy fuel and you are unstoppable.</br></br><strong>2. No Masks</strong></br></br>Wearing a mask is for a) rookies or b) Halloween masters, and chances are you are no master.</br></br>There’s nothing wrong with that. Trade costume greatness for the ability to eat and drink freely while not having sweat pour into your eyes all night and you'll have a much, much better Halloween. This is an indisputable fact.</br></br><strong>3. Get Crafty</strong></br></br>Carve a pumpkin! Make a costume! Create a haunted cemetery in your front yard to scare the wits out of the annoying neighbor kid! Cook up something delicious with fall ingredients and give it a funky name like Witch’s Brew Stew!</br></br>There are so many ways to get creative on Halloween, and your Fun Factor will increase by at least 10 if you brush off the cobwebs and air out your imagination a little bit.</br></br><strong>4. Give Kids Good Stuff</strong></br></br>Here’s another fact: If you’re the one passing out apples on Halloween because you think candy is bad for kids, you no longer have to wonder why your house gets egged every year. There is no other reason. Rest assured <em>that</em> is the reason.</br></br>If you pass out candy, all you need to know is that it’s not about you, and all you need to do is put things in the bag you would’ve liked to have had as a trick-or-treater. If you can’t remember, the answer is FULL-SIZE CANDY BARS.</br></br><strong>5. Let Yourself Be Scared</strong></br></br>We all know that person who gets visibly upset and even mad when scared and poo-poos awesome things like scary movies/haunted houses/corn mazes because they can’t handle it. And, we all agree that person is lame. <em>Laaaaaaaaaaaame.</em></br></br>Don’t be that person. And, if you can’t help being that person, stay home and pass out FULL-SIZE CANDY BARS. See? You can still be a hero. Throw on a cape and you're all set.</br></br><strong>6. Have Fun!</strong></br></br>Sometimes fun can prove elusive on Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be. The trick is to do what you want to do. Don’t let the Halloween hype get to you if it’s not your thing. You don’t have to dress up if you don’t want, and you don’t have to pass out candy if that’s not your thing. It’s totally cool.</br></br>But, you know the drill if you do: FULL-SIZE CANDY BARS.</br></br>Happy Halloween, everyone!