Traditions change, but thrill of Halloween remains

By Monica Jaramillo

Costumes, trick-or-treating and, of course, ghosts and ghouls can all be found on one night and one night only — Oct. 31, better known as Halloween.

Halloween can be a great time for anyone. For children, it is the one holiday when they can pretend to be whatever they would like for the night. Halloween night brings bags filled with candy and other treats after the long hours of trick-or-treating.

For college students, however, Halloween means something completely different.

When asked about their Halloween plans, most students seem to have replaced trick-or-treating with partying. Many of them have different costumes planned for each party because they do not want to be seen dressed up as the same character twice.

“I like Halloween because the parties are really fun and there’s always something to do,” junior Jill Templeton said. “It’s nice to know there’s going to be something to do on the weekend rather than trying to find last minute plans.”

However, partying is not the only thing on this weekend’s agenda for some students. Many have plans of going to Halloween attractions such as haunted hayrides, houses and mazes, Fright Fest at Six Flags and other frightening attractions. These events can make just about anyone’s heart race, which is often the biggest appeal for students, just as long as they have a friend to join them.

“I’m going to Eastern State Penitentiary and I’m so excited,” sophomore Elena Martinez said. “I’ve never experienced something like this before; I’ve always loved the feeling I get when I get scared. Plus I’ll be in my honey bee costume, so it’ll be fun, especially with all my friends there.”

One tradition most college students still choose to keep on Halloween night is dressing up in costumes. In fact, some costumed students can already be seen strutting around campus as movie characters and bugs, or in storytime costumes and ones they have made up themselves. Others get together with their friends and dress up as a group. Popular themes in the past have been different color crayon costumes, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Disney Princesses and more.

“I’m really excited to wear my road sign costume this year,” sophomore Brianna Levy said. “It was so fun to make the costumes with my roommates and it was a great bonding experience. They came out great and it was all in our college budget.”

However, some students still have no idea what they want to be for Halloween.

“I honestly don’t know what I’m being for Halloween yet, so for right now I am anonymous,” sophomore Katie Fedey said.

Those who are not fans of going out and getting dressed up in costumes prefer to order food and watch horror movies with their friends, creating their own frightening fun to celebrate the holiday.

One thing that has not changed, no matter how old college students get, is the need for their favorite Halloween candy. Now they can use their car and go to Wal-Mart or Target to buy a whole bag, rather than hoping it is thrown into their bag while trick-or-treating.

“I love Snickers; I don’t know why but they are the best,” sophomore Stephanie Antoine said.

In the end there is one thing that is definite. However students decide to celebrate Halloween, it will surely bring a night of terror and fun for all.

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