COLUMN: Be careful this Halloween
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 22:10
What’s going on my Aggies? Let me be the first to wish you a happy Halloween!
Halloween for me growing up was often an experience. I would spend some Halloween at the Museum of Natural History (took home a cornucopia of three Musketeers bars one year,) or going from house, to store, to house in Harlem, N.Y., for candy. Most of the times the stores were more stingy than the houses we would go to, but it was always a fun time during Halloween.
I remember when I went to my first Howl here at Utah State.
I had never heard of the Howl or even been to a party that huge. It was crazy. I was only 17 at the time but able to slip in because I had a student ID. I was so worried I was going to miss the Howl that year because I was caught up in the closing night of “Sweeney Todd: The Musical.”
When the show was over and I took my last bow, I never felt more like the super hero Fish ever in my life. I took off down Aggie Boulevard (then 700 North.) I figured with my makeup on from the musical, I had no need to change costumes.
I snuck in and could not believe what I saw. There were more girls than I ever did see in my dreams. My only regret that night was that I didn’t dress up as Prince Charming or Shrek. I was able to catch a snippet of the Massive Monkees performance (from America’s Best Dance Crew) and “The Haunted Mansion” movie showing in the auditorium. The disk jockey that year was great, and it was an overall good night with my roommates.
And the occasional girl dressed up as a modern Alice in Wonderland — boy, was I wondering.
I don’t remember much of “The Mentalist,” but my roommates keep laughing everytime I bring it up — something about Michael Jackson, hmm...
So in other words, be careful this Halloween. Sometimes I think that we lose our spirit of childhood,and fun when we get to college. Halloween to me is more about treating myself to a big bowl of Twizzlers and Kit Kats. Being here at Utah State has taught me what it means to be a big kid again.
During my freshman year I was well on my way to getting a 5.0 GPA, but if it wasn’t for my roommates encouraging me to go as well as ASUSU having leisure events for me to go to, I would’ve been home with a book in my face instead of a mask and a costume. So all in all, have fun, enjoy dressing up and being a fool for a day — for me, that’s everyday — and be safe.
– T.J. is a senior majoring in music from Harlem, N.Y. He is a member of the A-Team, Black Student Union and various other clubs and groups on campus. Send any comments to email@example.com.