Halloween isn’t the only time for you to get in the spooky mood.
The infamous Friday the 13th was made notorious by the hit movie series of the same name. It is jokingly considered a scary day for creepy paranormal activity and scary crimes. This year, Friday the 13th lands in March — halfway to next Halloween. So in anticipation of the spooky season, how should we spend the day? Here are 13 things you can do on this Friday the 13th
1. Watch “The Invisible Man” movie
No, it isn’t the “Friday the 13th” movie series. But there’s another great horror movie in theaters right now. The new movie “The Invisible Man” may be a bit more psychological than its 1933 predecessor, but it’ll easily get you in the spooky spirit for sure. Plus, IMDB gave it four out of five stars, so it must be pretty good.
2. Adopt a Black Cat
There’s a superstition that black cats bring in bad luck. Why not fuel the frights by adopting one of these adorable creatures on a day that’s supposed to be scary? Challenge the superstition! Not only that, but you’ll have a furry little friend for life.
3. Escape Room
Something that’ll scare you to your core is an escape room. With timers ticking to build suspense, you’ll have to deal with being locked in a room full of surprises. Some may only be a series of puzzles, but other escape rooms are themed to be more intense and tell a story of their own.
4. Ghost Hunting
Head over to a haunted house or a forest with a bunch of scary stories and investigate. Bring your flashlight, snacks and a friend as you look for ghosts. Just remember, while it’s always fun to explore the paranormal, stay away from the demented side. No Ouija boards, please.
5. Decorate your living area
If you’re someone who has all those Halloween decorations sitting around, Friday the 13th is the perfect excuse to bring them back out. Get some bats to hang from the ceiling or maybe some spiderwebs on your desk. Just because it’s March doesn’t mean it’s inappropriate to have those decorations.
6. Fake Halloween
This is the perfect time to throw on a costume, get candy, and have a fake Halloween. You have all the decorations for it, so grab friends and go trick or treating. If you’re someone like me who misses Halloween that much, Friday the 13th is a great day to have a second Halloween.
Another great thing to do with those decorations to throw a party. Invite friends over, get snacks, music and have fun.
8. Spooky Date
For those of you that have a significant other, a date with ominous undertones would be fitting for the occasion. Take your boyfriend or girlfriend out to a nice dinner with dimly lit candles. Playfully scare them with a jump scare so they hold your hand. You’ll laugh, they’ll scream and you’ll definitely have a good time.
Jump scares are fun, but they’re rather basic in terms of tricks on Friday the 13th. There are so many other pranks you can pull that require only a few tools. Blood patches would be fun if you wanted to fake an injury. Grab some fake body parts and put them in random places to freak your roommates out. If you have a costume lying around, dress up as Jason Vorhees from the “Friday the 13th” movie and chase people around. Make others scream and give yourself a laugh on this day.
10. Do nothing
Don’t like superstition? Not scared of anything? Not in the spooky spirit? That’s okay. You can just treat this day like any other day in the year. Friday the 13th isn’t a national holiday, after all. You might miss out on a lot of good fun, though.
11. Visit the home from “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”
The website Curbed found the home Jason Vorhees stalked in “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” in Topanga Canyon, Calif. If you want to get in the feel of the movies, visiting this place is a must. Topanga Canyon is roughly an hour’s drive away from Azusa Pacific, but if you’re dedicated enough, it won’t be long until you reach the site of the “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” movie.
12. Play the Friday the 13th Video Game
The hit slasher films became a video game in 2017 with Friday the 13th: The Game. The game is available on XBox One and PlayStation 4, and takes you into your own “Friday the 13th” story. It’s a great way to connect to the lore and feel like you’re a part of the movies.
13. Watch the movies
How could this not be on the list? What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than by watching the movies that made it famous? The original “Friday the 13th” movie can be found on Netflix. You can watch it with friends casually, or you can turn off all the lights and watch it alone. Either way, make sure you have popcorn with you. Enjoy!