First and foremost, if you’re going trick-or-treating, you need some sort of child to go with you — preferably one you’re related to. Don’t be that guy wandering the streets of Omaha by himself looking for candy.
If you want to enjoy a costume party at a bar, you’ll need to be of age (unless you can find an all-ages party). If you’re under 21, don’t bother — find yourself a nice house Halloween party, or a haunted house.
You really should have one, even if it’s lame. Throw on jeans and a Nebraska sweatshirt and call yourself a Husker fan. Even better, wear khakis and a Nebraska hoodie and swear intermittently and call yourself Bo Pelini. (We kid.)
You’ve got to have a costume, and it should be a good one. Bar parties are no tame affairs. You need to think your costume out thoroughly, and it needs to be clever. Think high concept, like TV’s Dexter and a victim (an actual costume worn by friends of Go).
Some parents have been known to turn the night into a bit of a rolling party. While we wholeheartedly support this, we can’t deny the real goal of trick-or-treating: candy. Lots and lots of candy. If you are like a kid in an actual candy shop, this is no doubt your favorite holiday. The younger the kid with you, the more candy you can acquire. (But leave some for the kid, please.)
There’s plenty at stake here. Pride. Excellence in costuming. A fun night out. But at the end of the night, the key here is alcohol — free alcohol. Win the costume contest, and you’ll typically win a bar tab of some sort. Even if you don’t win, you’ll have all kinds of opportunities to drown your sorrows. Just make sure Dexter and his victim get home safely.