Alright, look, I know orange palm trees aren’t the same as pumpkins but…
It’s that time of year again – Halloween! Are you ready to stuff your face with chocolates? Carve pumpkins with your confused visiting parents? Freeze your ass off on Fountain because you decided to be an attractive citrus fruit? (that last one might just be me)
It’s true, Halloween is a fun time to be your best freaky self. It’s also true that Halloween has led to some pretty shitty behavior on college campuses, which is worth mentioning every year. Why? Because no matter how much insensitive Halloween costumes get admonished in the national news, they keep happening.
Here’s some sage advice: If you’re wondering if your Halloween costume perpetuates racist/sexist/ableist/classist stereotypes…well, if you’re wondering at all, it probably does. Nevertheless, some students at UMass Amherst made a chart to help you out.
Additionally, looming over this year’s festivities is a rather stressful and scary election coming up in less than two weeks. Even though there’s a strong likelihood that our next president won’t be a spray-tan orange pumpkin, 2016 has left us with much to be disillusioned by regarding our political system. It doesn’t matter whether you’re for Hillary or Stein or Johnson or Bernie ;( or the goddamn Babadook – 2016 has been a fucking nightmare.
Here at Wesleying, we can’t promise we’ll soothe all of your political fear or anger. But this Halloweekend, we encourage you to go out, dance yrself clean, get consensually weird with your crush at a house party, and shake out those 2016 demons. Looking for some Halloween tunes that aren’t all cheesy/novelty tracks nor dubstep-y witch-house? Check out our robust 64-song playlist after the jump:
1977. Japan. Dir: Nobuhiko Obayashi. With Kimiko Ikegami. 88 min. 35mm print
A schoolgirl named Gorgeous and her friends head out to Auntie’s creaky country home to be devoured one by one by a bloodthirsty piano, phantom mattresses, and other ghoulish traps. With a stream-of-consciousness plot and boldly experimental design, this absurdist ghost take comes to life as a candy-colored pop art hallucination.
“I’m still the cover photo right?” – Ed Thorndike ’89 of WesWings
We hope that everyone had a great Halloweekend (or, if you’re like me and didn’t realize that Halloween is a 3-4 night affair, we hope you had a great Halloween)!
Last week, we made a write-in for Halloween costumes. We received 23 costumes—up from last year’s turnout of only 7! Here’s a (moderately-sized) handful of costumes that people sent in to Wesleying that show off the spooky, creative, and downright weird Wesleyan spirit:
While we all know that Halloween is actually just an excuse to buy a shit ton of candy to eat alone in your room and not be judged by the clerk at Wesshop/Rite Aid, some people really get into the holiday spirit withcostumes!
Are you preparing for election season by mimicking your favorite (or least favorite) candidate? Channeling your inner Mean Girlwith a sexy animal costume? Playing it old-school and going as a bed sheet ghost? Any Michael Roth impersonators?
Whatever you’re planning (or if you haven’t planned at all and are currently scrounging through your closet trying to find something remotely festive), we want to hear from you! Show off your creative, spooky, or just plain weird side—we want to see it all!**
From Aimee Wilkerson ’17 and Brenna Tharnstrom ’16:
Come join WesDEF, SALD, and WesWell for a conversation about dressing up, respect, and Halloween at Wesleyan! Come to this workshop to learn more about how to craft an appropriate costume and explore why certain costumes are offensive and unacceptable in our community. Let’s create and intentional and fun Halloween at Wesleyan!
So last week, we made a call for student Halloween costumes. There are roughly 2,900 students attending Wes, and we received a total of SEVEN costume submissions—that’s 0.2% of the student body. That kind of turnout is only comparable to that of our athletic events (except for baseball–we have the highest attendance in all of D3!).
Without further ado, a non-representative sample of people who are clearly more enthusiastic about their costumes than you were about yours:
Costume: Bob and Linda Belcher
“LR ’16 came over dressed as Linda Belcher. I didn’t have a costume. She said, “You could be Bob.” 15 minutes later, we had this. DIY like a boss.” — GR ’16
Want something else to do as you move between costume parties and house shows? Want to remember the obscure costumes you see on your nights out? Play Halloweekend Bingo!
There’s only one available sheet, but we figured that among any group of friends, you’re not all going to be in the same places or see the same costumes. Pick your own prize for whoever wins. (We suggest grilled cheese.)
This Halloweekend bingo sheet is a creation of sophomores Liz Farrell, Wyatt Rees, Maya Stevens, Kate Suslovic, and Lydia Tonkonow.
Celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating in our very own woodframes and Fauver apartments! Maps of which houses are giving out candy will be distributed at Pi throughout the event, and all you have to do is throw on a costume and make your merry way around collecting candy.This event is DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS so you have plenty of time for other Halloween festivities later! All Wesleyan students are welcometo join in, and staff and faculty have also been invited to participate with their children.
Date: Today! Time: 4:00PM Place: Woodframes and Fauver