With Halloween right around the corner, many students are wondering how they are going to celebrate and what costume they are going to wear. Halloween is a popular holiday for trick or treats, carving pumpkins, and telling ghost stories. Students find themselves listening to music from the Nightmare Before Christmas and watching Hocus Pocus since the start of October in anticipation. In honor of Halloween, many Christopher Newport University students visit Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, which has spooky haunted houses and mazes as well as employees dressed in costumes that frighten anyone brave enough to enter the park after six. This past weekend was the last weekend Busch Gardens was open for Howl-O-Scream.
The residence halls, dining halls, and student apartments are being decorated with pictures of ghosts and goblins. The dining halls are also preparing for the popular Halloween themed meal, which happens to conveniently fall on Halloween this year.
CNU students have different ideas about celebrating Halloween. Several students are looking forward to dressing up and going to class in costume. There is a wide variety of characters that will make an appearance on campus on Halloween, such as Doctor Who characters, the Power Rangers, Mario and even Helen of Troy.
Sophomore Heather Fish said “I’m going to dress up as Helen of Troy and I also [went] to Howl-O-Scream [last] weekend to celebrate.”
Since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, many students have evening classes that may or may not affect their plans. However, some students plan on making it a four-day celebration. Students who live off-campus are looking to decorate their apartments and host Halloween themed parties inviting friends to come dressed in costumes. Other students will attend Halloween parties at Port Warwick throughout Halloween weekend
Senior Tylor Lang said “My roommates and I are going to a party dressed up as the original Power Rangers.”
For some CNU students, however, Halloween is not all about going to parties. Students who do not want to go to parties will enjoy a quieter evening, whether it is handing out candy to trick or treaters or watching Halloween movies.
On Halloween, professors and people from neighborhoods next to campus will bring their kids to trick or treat through the freshman residence halls. Freshman Cory Steiger, who lives in Santoro said “I’m going to dress up as Mario and hand out candy to kids that come through my hall on Halloween.”
As a whole, students are excited for Halloween and cannot wait to celebrate what many consider to be the spookiest day of the year.