Spooky season is well and truly upon us, and a magical castle is the perfect place to spend it. But how would you celebrate Hallowe’en at Hogwarts? We’ve had a think and made some decisions based on your personality…

If you are a fan of jump scares… we would find you in the Forbidden Forest

Are you somebody that loves a horror film? Is the ghost train your favourite ride at a funfair? Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush when someone or something makes you jump? Then we think you would probably sneak into the Forbidden Forest at Hallowe’en. The Forest is a mysterious and often unnerving place to be with its towering trees and closely guarded secrets. You would get a real kick out of exploring it on the spookiest day of the year. Who knows what manner of creature or being you might find? Maybe you would run into Aragog and his many-legged family or the centaurs who aren’t the biggest fans of humans. You might even stumble across Grawp the giant (who happens to be Hagrid’s half-brother). Whatever you find, we’re sure that you would find the whole experience thrilling, fun and wonderfully scary.

Not a fan of anything spooky? Then you’d spend Hallowe’en in the Gryffindor common room

It’s ok, you can say it, Hallowe’en is just not your cup of tea. You don’t understand why people go out of their way to dress up in eerie costumes or watch movies that make them want to hide behind the sofa. You’re not bothered about carving pumpkins and, if you were really being honest, you’ll admit that you switch off the lights and pretend you’re not home when gaggles of trick-or-treaters knock on your door. That’s all fine – each to their own! There is still a place for you to spend Hallowe’en at Hogwarts. We think you would actually enjoy the holiday tucked up by the roaring fire of the Gryffindor common room. You could sit there reading an excellent (and not at all scary) book and appreciate a bit of peace and quiet whilst everybody else was busy taking part in the Hallowe’en festivities. With a warm Butterbeer and a Chocolate Frog you’d be in your element – you might even forget that Hallowe’en exists at all.

If you think Hallowe’en is all about treats… you would be feasting in the Great Hall

Forget the costumes, pumpkins and tricks that come with Hallowe’en, there is only one thing that really matters when the 31st October rolls around and that is… sweets. From chocolate to lollypops – the aim of this holiday is to enjoy as much food as you can. If you agree with this and are a skilled trick-or-treater, who knows exactly which houses to knock on for the best treats, then we think we would find you in the Great Hall. The feast that you would find there would be beyond your wildest dreams, and you could eat as much as you wanted. We think you would have a whale of a time and would try everything the Hogwarts kitchens had to offer – and that includes the savoury dishes. For a foodie like you, Hallowe’en at Hogwarts would be a dream come true.

If you take the ‘trick’ part of trick-or-treat seriously… we’d find you roaming the halls with Fred and George

Yes, Hallowe’en treats are important, but you can’t have those without a few fun tricks. For mischief-makers, Hallowe’en is the perfect opportunity for flexing their creative muscles and coming up with some excellent spooky jokes – whether that’s the old classic jump-out-and-yell-boo or something a bit more… imaginative. If that sound like something you would do, then we think you are probably a bit of a joker who loves causing light-hearted mayhem. You know who else had that reputation? Fred and George Weasley. We can just see the three of you now patrolling Hogwarts on Hallowe’en and pranking people with a few carefully selected products from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Maybe you would scare people by pretending to be part of the Headless Hunt whilst donning a Headless Hat. Or perhaps you would give people a good old laugh with a few carefully placed Canary Creams. Whatever you did we’re sure people would find it hilarious… once the initial shock had worn off.

Always up for a party? Then you would hang out at Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday bash

Are you known for being the life and soul of a party? Can you turn any gloomy gathering into a stunning soiree? Are you a social butterfly who just loves to be around people? If that’s the case, then we think we would find you at Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday Party on Hallowe’en. Harry, Ron and Hermione might have found the whole thing rather off-putting – what with the rotting food, nails-on-a-chalkboard music and rather cold atmosphere but that’s not you. You can make the best out of any situation. With a witty anecdote or two, a few insightful questions and some sparkling conversation – you would liven the place up in no time at all. As an extrovert who is always happy to make new friends (even if they aren’t in the land of the living) we think you would have a rather fun evening and you’d probably secure a few more Deathday invitations by the end of it too.

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If you’re known for being adventurous… or reckless… you would be tackling the troll in the dungeon

Who can forget Harry, Ron and Hermione’s first Hallowe’en at Hogwarts when they took on a mountain troll and lived to tell the tale? Whilst a rather impressive feat, you could argue that Harry and Ron’s decision to rescue Hermione themselves, rather than asking a professor with much more magical skill and experience, was a rather foolish decision. Disagree? Think you would have done the same thing and jumped straight in their yourself? Then we’ve found what you would be doing at Hogwarts on Hallowe’en. We reckon you’re the type of person who lives by the philosophy of act first and think later. Whether you’re making big life decisions or trying out new hobbies – you believe it is pointless to endlessly ruminate over pros and cons and you go with your gut. Some people might call you impetuous, but others call you brave and admire your can-do attitude.