By James Werner
Leaves are falling off the trees, the weather is changing and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air as you meander around campus. October is here and the best college holiday, Halloween, is right around the corner. Halloween is one of the only holidays where you are still on campus and get to enjoy a night ghosts, goblins and ghouls with the friends you have spent these last few years (or weeks for the freshmen) getting to know. Here are some things to do and others to avoid in order to ensure you have the best college Halloween experience possible.
DO: Dress up. Embrace the one day of the year when you can express yourself in any way you wish. Most of us have not dressed up on Halloween since we were about 12 years old because it stopped being “cool”. The good thing for all of us is that dressing up for Halloween in college is absolutely a thing again. However, I would recommend against trying to go trick-or-treating you would most likely get some funny looks from confused homeowners. Take what you can get, wear a costume, but leave the free candy for those appropriately aged.
DON’T: Wear a jersey because you couldn’t think of a costume idea. Let your inner 8 year old out and be the superhero or princess whose movies you could recite verbatim and whose toys you couldn’t imagine going anywhere without. Go ahead, be a kid again for the weekend you will not regret it. Trust me, no one else will judge you because they will all be doing the same.
DON’T: Break the bank on a costume. Although I highly recommend dressing up, I do not recommend spending a crazy amount of money. We are in college and there is no reason to go over the top on a costume that you will have on for a few hours. I mean if your heart is set on something, go for it, but there are other ways to put together great costumes without paying a fortune. One place I would recommend checking out would be Savers located at 201 Branch Ave, Providence, RI. Savers is a huge thrift store in the area that sells second hand clothing and accessories. This is a great place for anyone looking to throw together a great Halloween costume for cheap. Make sure to get there early because late October is a very busy time for this store for this exact reason.
DON’T: Dress up as Pennywise from the Stephen King Book IT. That is just creepy. I think we have had enough killer clowns for one lifetime after last year’s clown epidemic that swept the nation. Just don’t do it for everyone else’s sake, don’t.
DO: Make sure you have multiple costume ideas ready. Halloween is one day to normal people. Halloween turns into Hallo-weekend once you get to college, which is why it is important to have multiple ideas and costumes picked out. This is one area where your friends could help. There’s nothing wrong with taking someone else’s costume from Friday night, putting your own little spin on it and wearing it out on Saturday. Again, we are in college; try to save a few dollars where you can.
DO: Be safe and respectful. Halloween is arguably the best college holiday of the year and one that everyone should enjoy. Do not wear a costume that may offend someone else because you think it is “funny”. It only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch. Don’t be the reason someone else has a bad experience.
DO: Make memories with classmates whose friendships will last well beyond your short stay at Bryant University!