'Harry Potter' Halloween: Honoring James & Lily's 30th Death Anniversary

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While others are out on Halloween planning the best way to nab the most candy while trick-or-treating or trying to figure out what to do as a last-minute costume, we dedicated "Harry Potter" fans realize October 31, 2011 is a much more somber occasion. Thirty years ago today was the unfortunate day that Voldemort swept into Godric's Hollow and killed James and Lily Potter while trying to prevent a certain prophecy from coming to fruition.

Spoiler alert! It didn't, and now Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and the rest of the gang are living happily ever after, albeit minus an ear or with some extra scarring. But since we wouldn't have the wonderful person who is Harry Potter without his two ill-fated parents (J.K. who?), we here at MTV Movies Blog have come up with a little list to help you honor The Boy Who Lived's dead parents on All Hallow's Eve.

Skip The Trick-Or-Treating... And Marathon All The "Potter" Movies

Do you think Lily and James were thinking about Halloween candy when they sacrificed their lives for their son? Well, maybe they might have been, but either way we think skipping trick-or-treating is a small sacrifice to be made in the larger scheme of things. So buckle down and pop in "Sorcerer's Stone" and spend the rest of today watching the "Potter" flicks to remember Mr. and Mrs. Potter (they make quite a few appearances over the years). The day-after-Halloween candy sales are the best day to buy sweet treats anyways.

Make Doe- And Stag-Themed Baked Goods For Your Halloween Party

Don't want to skip the candy? No problem! Just find a way to incorporate James and Lily's iconic Patronuses (Patroni?) into your Halloween extravaganzas. Maybe make some doe and stag cake pops, or cupcakes if that's too difficult. Make sure you clarify that these are not meant to honor Harry and Snape's relationship, though. They can have a different batch.

Choose To Make James And Lily Halloween Costumes

There are few more iconic images of James and Lily that the moving picture of them Harry always keeps with him. What a perfect idea for a last-minute Halloween costume! If that's not up to your Halloween snuff, though, I guess you could always turn it into zombie James and Lily, but that seems a little morbid from our end.

How do you plan on honoring James and Lily's sacrifice today? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!