What to Do, What to Wear: Haunted Houses or Hayrides

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Let me just be honest: I'm not a massive fan of the spookiness that goes along with Halloween. I love carving pumpkins, eating all the candy my heart desires, and dressing up, but the scary stuff is NOT my forte.

Despite my lack of horror enthusiasm, I've been dragged to a few haunted hayrides and houses. I find hayrides to be more doable, as you can sit in the center of everyone and avoid close contact with the scary guys. Haunted houses are worse - I literally bury my face into the back on the person in front of me and stare at my feet, ready to break into a sprint if a chainsaw guy appears.

With that being said, I'm sure many of you thoroughly enjoy haunted houses and will bravely lead a pack of your friends through the spooky hallways. So whether you are the fearless person that laughs at the scary people, or you are cowering behind a friend like me, I've put together three stylish - and spirited - outfits for you to wear to spooky Halloween houses and hayrides.

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Sweater, Scarf, Bag, Jeans, Earrings, Shoes

A bright sweater will keep you visible in case you lose your friends in the maze of hallways. (And it's really cute--that's a plus!) The scarf is sort of like a makeshift "I'm so scared I'm going to bury my face so I don't have to look" mechanism. And it will you nice and toasty on a hayride. A cross body bag is a MUST. A clutch could easily be dropped while you're sprinting away from the chainsaw man and a big tote will just get in the way. And show some Halloween spirit with little skull earrings.

Finally, be sure to WEAR FLAT SHOES!!! Even the slightest heel could result in serious injury. Some haunted houses have stairs or vibrating floors, or you may have to run, so stick with flats.

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Cardigan, Necklace, Sweater, Boots, Leggings, Purse, Earrings

This outfit would be perfect for a hayride, as leggings are comfortable to sit in for an extended period of time. If it's really chilly out, throw on some sweater tights underneath. Double up on the sweaters to keep you warm AND be sure that the sweaters cover your behind. The combat boots are comfortable and will allow for easy haunted house navigation. Grab your favorite black cross-body bag and finish off your outfit with cute bat earrings and a feminine bow necklace.

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Scarf, Sweater, Jeans, Rings, Bag, Shoes

What could be more romantic than a walk through a haunted house? If you and your date seem to think that, then this outfit is for you. (Also, I think you are both slightly crazy.) This ensemble will easily transition from a nice dinner to a night full of spooks.

To start, these Old Navy jeans are AMAZING. They come in a billion colors and are so comfortable. Pair them with a thicker knit sweater and a patterned scarf for warmth and color. Again, stick to a cross-body bag and, when choosing your shoes, I would not recommend wearing flats without something that secures your foot to the shoe. Could you imagine losing your shoe in a haunted house and having to BACKTRACK TO FIND IT?! I would let the house take my shoe. Finish off your outfit with simple, stacked rings.

What do you think?

Are you planning on visiting a haunted house this year? Which outfit is your favorite? Are you a scaredy cat like me? Or are you the fearless leader type? Do you prefer haunted hayrides or haunted houses? What else would you like see from this column? Let us know in the comments below!