Freshman Findings: Finding frightful fun in college

headshot2_WEBAs we get older, celebrating Halloween like we did as children may seem juvenile. Halloween is associated with trick-or-treating, an activity that many students our age feel too old to partake in. However, Halloween can be a holiday full of potential fun if we explore all aspects of the spookiest day of the year.
There is no shame in grabbing a pillow case and joining the youth for some treats. It is the only time of the year that people are willing to give endless amounts of free candy to strangers. If you do happen to be self-conscious of your mature appearance, there are other memorable ways to celebrate Halloween without trick-or-treating.
This Halloween, Rider will be offering a ton of spooky activities. On Oct. 29, there will be a Rider Halloween party sponsored by the Student Government Association which will be from 9 – 11 p.m  in the Cavalla Room. Rider has reported paranormal activity in specific buildings on campus. Ghost tours will explore these areas in search for any paranormal entities haunting our campus and will begin at 8 p.m., prior to the party.
Horror films are especially popular this time of the year, with new thrillers being released every day. AMC will be featuring a special Halloween marathon. Classic horror films will be playing every day this week, so snuggle up and tune in.
Six Flags Great Adventure’s annual Fright Fest is a great way to catch some scares. Fright by Night includes haunted houses, attractions, shows and, of course, thrilling amusement rides. Eastern State Penitentiary, home of America’s No. 1 haunted attraction and most historic prison, is featuring Terror Behind the Walls. The evening includes a walking tour of the penitentiary, riot escapes, and exposure to frightening incidents that have taken place all throughout the prison.
Whether it’s carving a pumpkin, eating M&Ms or wearing an overload of black eyeliner, get into the Halloween spirit. If you feel like being rebellious and visiting off-campus Halloween thrills, there are local events available. Don’t throw your Halloween spirit out with your old costumes.

-Mary-Lyn Buckley
Freshman journalism major

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