By Kahleel Bragg
An exciting time of the year for adults, teenagers, and kids is approaching this Friday, Oct. 31. This particular time of year is known as Halloween. Halloween is a holiday that features trick or treating, costume parties, haunted houses, the carving of Jack-O’-Lanterns, and bonfires. Unlike other holidays, Halloween gives individuals the opportunity to dress up, and be someone else for the day. There will not be a Halloween party here at LIU Post; however, some students still anticipate on celebrating the holiday.
“I’m 20 years old and I still go trick or treating every year” said Janet Gavin, a junior Psychology major. “I have a little brother and sister so they keep the Halloween excitement in me. Being around them takes me back to when I was young and used to dress up every year”.
Trick-or-treating has been a Halloween tradition for approximately 100 years in several different countries. Knocking on doors or ringing doorbells with friends, and waiting impatiently to see what the owner will give you is the best excitement about trick or treating. Some owners give small portions, some give big portions, some may even give money, and others may not have anything at all for you.
Freshman Business major Christopher Miles said that he will be attending a Halloween costume party in Brooklyn this year. “Since I’m older now, the party scene is the only thing that I like to do on Halloween” Miles said. “I enjoy dancing, having fun, and seeing what creative costumes people would come up with”. When asking Miles, what he plans on being for Halloween he replied saying he wasn’t sure yet.
“I’m trying to decide on a scary costume or a more creative one; it’s [maybe] going to be Michael Myers, a basketball player from the 80s with short shorts,” Miles said Parties on Halloween are for all ages, but usually are more popular for teenagers and adults. It’s a way to keep the Halloween experience exciting for people when they grow of age. Not everyone may be into the trick-or-treating aspect forever, or even the haunted houses. However, dancing and having fun with your friends dressed as characters can be exciting as well.
Simone Johnson, a Public Relations junior, is excited about going to the haunted house “Blood Manor” in the city. “I’ve never been to a haunted house before so I’m pretty anxious and nervous at the same time,” she said. “I get scared easily, but my friends are begging me to go so I’m going to give it a try,” Johnson added. There are about 10 haunted houses in the tri-state area, and several on the island. If you are really interested in the horror, thrilling, mystery-side of Halloween, then haunted houses are the place for you.
There are plenty of other activities and ways to enjoy yourself on Halloween. For the people that don’t enjoy going out there are horror movies and theme shows that appear on television the whole week of Halloween. It is not a holiday that everyone enjoys, but it is different from others and gives people a different experience. Halloween can be extremely fun, but can also be very dangerous. So the most important thing is to be safe, be aware of your surroundings, travel well, and have a memorable Halloween.