By Quedus Babalola
Halloween may be one of the very few times during the year when people can dress up in costumes and not have to worry about looking crazy. It’s also one of the holidays that require creativity and imagination. Questions that come up around this holiday usually revolve around whom or what are you going to be? Are you making your costume by yourself or are you buying it from a store? What inspires you?
“This is the hardest holiday for me because I have so many ideas to choose from I just get overwhelmed,” said Taylor Hill, a junior broadcasting major. “I mostly like the parties that come with the holiday but a great costume sets off the tone for my night.” Ideas get harder and harder every year especially when movies like “Suicide Squad,” “Captain America,” and “Doctor Strange” all come out in the same year, and become new fan-favorites.
“The only thing I don’t like about Halloween is the costume search because for me it has to be sexy but scary. I can’t just walk out looking a hot mess,” said Shakira Clarke, a sophomore public relations major. “Originally I wanted to be Harley Quinn, but after social media got a hold of the idea, I instantly dropped it.”
What to do when you want to be original? “I’m having my mother assist me in making my nun costume,” said Alexis Armstrong, a freshman biology major. “I chose to be a nun this year because I feel like everyone’s going for either superhero or sexy, so I’m going to be the total opposite. Hopefully I won’t be turned back from any parties,” she said jokingly.
Hot Topic and Spencer’s at Broadway Mall are just a shuttle ride away for students on campus. Stores like Party City, Hot Topic and Spencer’s cater to those in search for a costume, but after a visit to a Spencer’s in Boston, it was shocking to find that the store was full of costumes but no customers. “I think people are starting to realize that our costumes are pretty expensive, and are taking the alternative route by making them. I’m not dressing up this year, but if I do I’ll probably just throw on something from my closet,” said Josh Almonte, a store manager at Spencer’s.
“I don’t think Halloween should be celebrated anyway because I feel like too many people drag things and make them ridiculous,” said Julia Avanta, a mother who purchased her daughter a princess costume. “I’m only letting her go because it’s my sister’s house and all her cousins will be there. If it weren’t for that, I most definitely wouldn’t buy her a costume.”
The National Crime Preventions Council has released tips for keeping Halloween safe and preventing crime from happening. Crime Stoppers around the country have also released safety tips through media to ensure that everyone stays safe. The list deals with safety measures for kids who look to go trick-or-treating. The full list of tips can be found on the National Crime Prevention Council website.
The Black Student Union on campus has organized to have a “Halloween Ball,” which will take place on Oct. 27 at 7:30 pm in the Tilles Center. Even though costumes aren’t a must, there will be a costume contest. Besides the ball, students will have to venture off campus for Halloween amusement.