Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. It is the one day when everyone can dress in crazy, extravagant costumes. Dorm rooms are filled with spooky decorations and doors are covered with fake blood and cobwebs.
Since Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, I immerse myself in the festivities. While it may be true that we are in college and have grown out of our typical childhood Halloween traditions, there is no reason why we can’t have fun on this holiday. We may be adults, but we should not have to forfeit celebrating. It is acceptable to make and hang up decorations, dress up however we choose and even seek out haunted attractions to attend. Navigating creepy corn mazes and exploring spooky haunted houses are fun ways to spend Halloween at any age. It is still exciting to dress up and put effort into each Halloween costume, because everyone loves a little friendly competition.
Last year, I bought several Disney Halloween decorations to fill up my room and show my spirit. I was ready for the season with a Minnie and Mickey skeleton doormat, a vampire Mickey candy bowl and a pirate Mickey door decoration. I have always loved the cute, family-friendly spin that Disney puts on Halloween, rather than the typical “scary” connotation. No matter how old we are, decorating for Halloween is both appropriate and enjoyable.
I enjoy watching Disney Halloween movies as well and I think it really gets people in the spirit. Halloweentown is one of my favorites. Each year, I have to watch the movie, or else it does not feel like the Halloween season. This year, I even bought the Halloweentown I and II combo pack so that I don’t have to wait for the movies to be shown on television. The Nightmare Before Christmas is another Disney favorite of the season. Almost everyone enjoys singing along to “This is Halloween” while watching the movie. Recently, I watched the movie for the first time and loved the music; the songs were catchy and had unique lyrics.
Of course, Halloween would not be complete without eating endless amounts of candy. No one should feel ashamed to trick-or-treat because it is always nice to have a stash of candy when that sweet tooth needs to be satisfied. Trick-or-treating is a difficult tradition to give up, so it is OK to enjoy it while it lasts.
Some people may wonder how to spend their Halloween this year because it falls on a Thursday. Fortunately, Rider is offering several opportunities to enjoy the holiday. On Oct. 25, the Residence Hall Association is providing a trip to Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest. The trip filled up almost immediately, since there was only a $5 fee to attend, which students are reimbursed upon arrival. Tickets went on sale Oct. 14 and sold out really quickly. Students also had the opportunity to purchase tickets for the extra attractions throughout the park.
The Student Government Association is throwing a Halloween party in the Cavalla Room on Oct. 30 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Spooktacular Halloween Party will provide Halloween music and a candy bar to celebrate and kick off the holiday. Students are encouraged to wear costumes. Whether you choose to stay in or go out, there are always plenty of ways to ensure a safe and fun Halloween.
Junior English major
Printed in the 10/23/13 edition.