You did it. You finished the last episode of Stranger Things 3, thoughts screaming through your head at the [spoilers redacted] in the [spoilers redacted]. Then as the credits continue to roll, you stare blankly at the screen, wondering what you could possibly do to fill your time now that it’s over. After you cry into your pillow (justice for [spoilers redacted]!), see how many of these activities you can check off the bucket list while you eagerly await season four. (Because we know there’s going to be a season four, right?)
The easiest fulfillment for more Stranger Things is to pick up one (or two or three) of the tie-in books and comics. Whether you want more about the experiments Terry Ives participated in, need more Hopper in your life, are interested in Max’s backstory, or are curious what Will went through during his time in the Upside Down, one of these—or all of these—books are sure to appease your Stranger Things craving.
Start a Dungeons & Dragons Campaign
Nothing says 80s and “nerds” like a night around a card table in your mom’s basement with Doritos, Mountain Dew, and a plethora of minis. Grab a Dungeon Master’s Guide, a few friends, and some snacks for a new DnD campaign. Whether you’re just learning how to play or are a seasoned master, don’t forget to fireball the enemy!
Watch an 80s movie
If you’re itching for more 80s vibes, host an 80s movie night and binge-watch films like The Goonies, E.T., Poltergeist, Back to the Future, Stand By Me, and Pretty in Pink. Go that extra step and have an 80s themed party, complete with big hair, all the patterns, and neon as far as the eye can see. Add in the perfect 80s playlist and some M&Ms (because no matter what species you are, those are delicious), and you’ve got a night to remember.
Visit the Mall
Do as Max and Eleven and take a trip to your local mall. Go shopping for new clothes or something for that special someone, snag a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor, and drink a slurpee—but watch out for all those heartbroken teenagers and raging flesh monsters.
Read a Stephen King Novel
It’s no secret that Stranger Things was heavily influenced by Stephen King novels. Take a break from your summer outings and curl up in the shade with a book by the “King of Horror.” And once you’re done reading, check out one of the many movie adaptations.
Ride Bikes with Your Friends
Relive your childhood, whether that was thirty years ago or three years ago, by taking a nice, relaxing bike ride with a group of friends. Strap a walkie-talkie to the handlebars and watch out for Demogorgons, suspicious scientists in white vans, and the Ghostbusters! (Breaking into secret government facilities is highly discouraged.)
Participate in an Escape Room
Unless your small town is crawling with conspiracies and unsolved disappearances, it’ll be hard to mimic the “mystery” aspects of Stranger Things. Instead, find a nearby escape room experience and put your “Detective Byers” skills to the test. Bonus points if the escape room is 80s themed!
Film Your Own Version of the NeverEnding Story Theme Song
Millie Bobby Brown posted a video of her dancing to the Stranger Things’ version of the NeverEnding Story theme song and challenged you to participate in the #NeverEndingChallenge. So grab your phone or camera and get ready to belt that tune and show off your nerdy dance moves.
Play Games at an Arcade
Count up your quarters and head to a local arcade to play a few retro games. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Galaga, Centipede—they’re calling your name! (Not in a creepy, Mind-Flayer way, though. I hope.)
Watch Super 8
If you’re yearning to watch something similar to Stranger Things, look no further than Super 8. Trade the 80s for the 70s, the Mind-Flayer for aliens, and DnD fun for movie making, and enjoy this film directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg.
Of course, you can’t have a full Stranger Things experience without waffles. Stop by your local grocery store and buy (don’t steal) a box of Eggos and an assortment of other toppings. (Don’t forget the whipped cream!) Then get started on making a “triple-decker Eggo extravaganza” while you watch the sunrise. It’s what Hopper would want for you.
Go to the Community Pool
Beat the summer heat by grabbing your swimsuit and a towel and heading to the local pool. Whether you’re swimming or sunbathing, minding your own business or creepily people watching, the community pool is where it’s at. Enjoy the sunshine and water, but remember: no running, no rendezvous with mind-controlled lifeguards, and always wear sunscreen!
Build a Fort
If you need a break from the sun—and society—build a fort. Whether you go indoors with a blanket fort or outside à la Castle Byers, you’re sure to have a good spot to hide out whenever a Demogorgon or your best friend tries to bite your head off.
Rewatch All Three Seasons
Of course, if you’ve exhausted all your options and checked every item off this list, there is only one other thing you can possibly do: rewatch the entire show. Come on, as if you weren’t going to do that anyways.