Cassidy Predale Staff Blogger
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, from trick or treating, to hanging with friends, to going to haunted walk throughs and eating sweet treats. I worried that once I got to college, it would be harder to get into the Halloween spirit and do all the things I loved to do at home. But with some pumpkins, scary stories., and some Halloween candy, I learned that I can make Halloween just as great, if not better at Washington College, and so can you.
One thing you can do is decorate your door in your dorm room! A lot of residence buildings have door decorating competitions to get students in the spirit. Students decorate their doors with stickers, plastic skeletons, and some of their own artwork. All it takes is a quick trip to the dollar store, or a fun arts and crafts session with a group of friends. So, grab some markers and posters and get cracking!
Another thing you can do is participate in some typical holiday traditions. Go to the farmers market in Chestertown this weekend and buy yourself a pumpkin to carve! If you’re really skilled, make some pumpkin pie! If you have a huge sweet tooth like me, go out and buy a bag a Halloween candy, and put it in a decorative bowl to keep in your room. That way you’ll always have candy at hand, and don’t have to give it away to trick or treaters!
You can also dress up for Halloween with friends. Group costumes are easy, cute, and fun. My friends and I are dressing up as the characters from Toy Story if that gives you any ideas.
WAC offers some spooky events on campus as well. On Halloween, the Hynson Ringgold house is holding a trick or treating event from 5:30 – 7:00.
Do you like spooky stories? Well WAC has a lot to tell. According to Abby Wargo’s article in The Elm, many buildings and dormitories on campus are haunted! It is said that a ghost cat wanders in the halls of Minta Martin and cuddles with students at night. According to Laiken Harrigan’s Elm article, the Rose O’Neill Literary House is another haunted building on campus and is believed to be haunted by the ghost “Dickens” who makes mysterious noises in the house at night. I can testify that the literary house definitely has a spooky feel, from its creaky floors, to “old horror movie house” feel. Maybe go read a book in the house at night and see if you can feel Dickens’ presence.
It’s definitely possible to celebrate Halloween while balancing a busy college life, all you need is a little bit of spooky spirit!
Photographs by Cassidy Predale