With Halloween falling on a weekend this year, students are celebrating in a big way. Some students dress up, some eat candy, or some drink cider and carve pumpkins. Whatever the tradition, Northwestern will be teeming with spooky vibes this weekend.
Abigail McCubbin, a senior, has participated in handing out candy to children from the community in the dorms the past two of her three years here so far. This will be her fourth year living in the dorm, and she looks forward to participating in dorm trick-or-treat again.
“I really enjoy seeing how the girls who dress up as a princess respond to being called that princess,” McCubbin said. “Some girls shy away while other ones call themselves by the princess name. It’s super fun.”
McCubbin plans to go all out and dress up as Genie from Disney’s Aladdin, encouraging parents and children to sing songs from the movie with her.
For McCubbin, Halloween is just another opportunity to embrace her theatre major and have fun.
“Halloween is the accepted time of the year when I can totally dress up and be a character for an entire day – what more could a theatre major ask for in life,” McCubbin said.
Logan Wright, a junior, plans to celebrate Halloween a little differently. Wright will be using her skills in costuming and makeup to dress up and help other students impersonate the character they plan to dress as.
“I really like to work with special effects makeup, so I am doing a couple of students’ makeup on campus for them for Halloween,” Wright said. “I am also involved in doing the makeup for the Field of Screams and I’m super excited for that.”
Wright plans to dress as Coraline’s doll from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, complete with button eyes and a blue wig. Though she may be at college, dressing up is no new tradition for Wright.
“Ever since I was small I’ve loved dressing up for Halloween,” Wright said. “I take any chance I can to dress up or help anyone with their costumes, too.”
Not only will students living on campus be celebrating, Joslynn Clark, a junior, will be hosting a costume party and game night at her house to celebrate the occasion.
Clark has recently gotten married, so she and her husband Brandon enjoy inviting people over to play games.
”Brandon and I love having people over to play games,” Clark said. “We noticed Halloween was on a Saturday this year so it worked out to have a game night. We thought the costumes would be a fun added Halloween-ish bonus.”
Even though this is their first year hosting, Clark hopes her party will be a successful event with a great turnout that encourages students to meet and hang out with new people.
“We have lots of friends from different groups so it will be fun if some come from all groups,” Clark said. “That way we and our guests can maybe meet new people. Oh, and nobody is going to beat me in Ticket to Ride that night.”