How is it that Spooky Season is upon us??? Wasn’t it just April????
Just like every fucking other thing in our lives, Halloween is going to look a bit different this year. Gone is the opportunity to wear lingerie and call it a costume while walking around in sub-thirty degree weather, and chasing a shot down with fun sized candy bars loses a bit of its luster when you can only do it alone in your dorm.
Wesleying to the rescue! As we have in years past, we’re giving you the opportunity to showcase your Halloween lewks! Submit a picture of your costume here, and then we’ll feature you in a post later in the week. Bonus points if your costume is… topical to the current situation, or if you find a clever way to incorporate your mask. Socially distant/COVID-podded costumes also welcome!
In a fun turn of Halloween events, an email from Dean Mike Whaley graced the inboxes of the Wesleyan student body with a message from seven hooded figures posed around our old friend the Douglas Cannon. Dean Mike also took the opportunity to plug Wesleyan’s now two-month-old video about the Cannon.
There was no indication of who this group is but the picture was taken at the Labyrinth plaque which is right by the Skull and Serpent Tomb. The secret society has been up to some wacky things in the past few years so why not take a walk down memory lane and check them all out here. It is worth noting this may be the Mystic Seven as there are Seven people in the picture, but it seems unlikely. Who knows who it is really, all that matters is that they have this beloved artifact of Wesleyan University (but also if you know who it was and want to reach out please do so, we can have a little conversation about it all).
2017. United States. Dir: Guillermo del Toro. With Sally Hemmings, Vanessa Taylor. 123 min.
“Yes, Del Toro’s latest flight of fancy sets out to liberally pastiche the postwar monster movie…But it’s warmer and richer than the films that came before. Beneath that glossy, scaly surface is a beating heart.”
– Xan Brooks, The Guardian
“A ravishing, eccentric auteur’s imagining, spilling artistry, empathy and sensuality from every open pore.”
-Guy Lodge, Variety
“The Shape of Water has a generosity of spirit, as if del Toro is extending a hand in comfort and understanding.”
-Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
Every year, in search of some solid Halloween spookiness, I inevitably end up searching the internet for stories about jinns. What’s a jinn you ask? They show up in pop culture every so often; the jinn, or genie, that you probably know best is the Genie from Aladdin.
Jinns feature prominently in Islamic mythology. What’s interesting about the genre is that Jinns are actually based on Islamic literature and theology, and they’re mentioned many times in the Quran. Basically, if you believe in Islam, a belief in jinns tags along whether you want it to or not… kind of like your kid sister that follows you everywhere. For many Muslims such as myself, this lends the concept of Jinns a legitimacy that your average ghost story doesn’t have.
Also, shout out to the Buzzfeed podcast See Something Say Something by Ahmed Ali Akbar for doing an awesome yearly Halloween episode about jinns and halaloween ;)
Read on for some more background on jinns, as well as some jinn stories that’ll creep you the fuck out. I’ll leave you to decide whether you want to believe them or not.
Email us (staff[at]wesleying[dot]org) your pictures from Halloweekend/Halloween with the subject “Costume Write In” and your name and class year in the body (also any fun info/captions for your picture), and we’ll feature you on the blog! Group costumes and bad puns encouraged!
1975. Italy. Dir: Dario Argento. With David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi. 127 min.
A British jazz musician stumbles on the grisly murder of a famous psychic – a harbinger of more deadly things to come. Massive meat cleavers, cherry-red ooze, and childhood trauma lurk around every corner in this sadistic, candy-colored stomach-turner that’s as terrifying as it is aesthetically striking.
1991. USA. Dir: Jonathan Demme. With Jodie Foster. 118 min. 35mm print.
To thwart a serial killer who skins young women, a green FBI agent seeks help from infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins, chewing scenery and faces). Their uneasy relationship sews together the slimy threads of this nail-biting, Oscar-sweeping thriller.
1982. USA. Dir: John Carpenter. With Kurt Russell, Keith David. 109 min.
A grizzled whiskey-guzzling Russell and a team of Antarctic researchers fight for survival against one of the most disturbing monstrosities to creep across the screen: a deceptive alien that takes on the form of its victims. The brain behind Halloween combines nerve-shredding tension with unmatched creature effects and an Ennio Morricone score.
1942. USA. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. With Simone Simon, Kent Smith. 73 min.
In this twisted fable about the caging of female sexuality, a woman with a fascination for large felines meets a well-to-do fella, falls in love, and gets married. Yet as the two find trouble consummating their nuptials, hubby’s eyes wander and the new bride shows signs that she might actually be a mystical cat-human hybrid…on the prowl for blood.