By: Jasmine Singletary | firstname.lastname@example.org and Jeremy Moser | email@example.com
When we were seven, Halloween used to be about dressing up and going door to door to ask for candy from strangers. As college students, we still dress up, but for what?
Since Hallow’s Eve is two weeks away, The Tartan decided to ask a few students about their experiences with Halloween and what their plans are for the holiday.
For some students, Halloween is all about the parties.
Senior Eric Hunter said, “I usually try to figure out what I’m going to dress up as first, and it has to be better than what I was last year. Then I decide if I’m going to throw a party or if there are already house parties.”
Since many students have childhood experiences with dressing up, many students put a lot of thought into their costumes. However, not everyone celebrated the holiday as a child.“Because of my parent’s religion, we didn’t celebrate them. Now, that I am here in college, I can make my own decision, so I don’t know how to [get] ready.”
Freshman Kyra Strokes said, “I always have mixed feelings about celebrating holidays. Because of my parent’s religion, we didn’t celebrate them. Now, that I am here in college, I can make my own decision, so I don’t know how to [get] ready. I know I need a costume, so I’m going to start with that and figure the rest out as I go.”
Radford’s Halloween isn’t only about parties; many students take Halloween as an opportunity to spend time with friends.“I don’t do anything for Halloween. I thought it was a children’s holiday. They go around getting candy; I stopped that a long time ago.”
Junior Zach Beasley said, “When I was home for Halloween, my family used to go buy big blow-up decorations for our yard and put up lights all over our house, we were the brightest house on the block at night. We did the normal stuff like dress up and hand out candy. Now that I’m in college, I just get a mask and walk around Dark Side with my friends.”
While plenty of people love to do something for Halloween, some people feel they’ve outgrown the holiday entirely.
Isiah Newman, a graduate student, said, “I don’t do anything for Halloween. I thought it was a children’s holiday. They go around getting candy; I stopped that a long time ago.”
Every college student does completely different things for Halloween; it may depend on your point-of-view or how you grew up. If you still are in a frenzy on what to do during the spooky season here are a few cool things to do
- Dress up and hang out with friends.
- Start by finding a pumpkin patch, carve a scary face into your pumpkin and set it out for display.
- Go to a haunted house and see if you can survive what lurks in the night.
- Take a chance going to an amusement park, running through all the mazes they have set up, and at the end, seeing how many you made it through.
- Set up a projector and watch the scariest movie you can find.
Even though Halloween itself is only one day, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it all October long. These events usually start at the end of September and end the second week of November. There is plenty of time to get into the spooky spirit for Halloween 2019.