Oct 292003
Authors: Chris Hess

Halloween is a nostalgic day of the year for many people.

Memories of dressing up as your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja

Turtle, having contests with your friends to see who could get the

most loot and stealing candy from your siblings may come to mind.

For many college students, the Halloween tradition continues


The history of All Hallows Eve is a long one. It all started

2000 years ago as a celebration of the Celtic New Year. The

holiday, known then as Samhain, involved gathering around gigantic

sacred bonfires, dressing in animal heads and skins and the

attempting to tell each other’s fortunes, according to


Once the Christian influence spread into the Celtic lands around

800, the holiday was renamed All Saints’ Day by the Pope. By the

1930s, Halloween had become a secular, community-centered holiday.

After the advent of trick-or-treating in the 1950s, the holiday

became the celebration we know today, with American’s dropping $6.9

billion annually on cavities and costumes.

While Halloween is a holiday that tends to be aimed at the

younger children, college students see it as a chance to relive the

glory of childhood one last time before they have to go out into

the real world. Chances are that Friday night you will hear someone

(who may or may not be intoxicated) running down the street doing

their best Will Farrell impression, screaming at the top of their

fun-loving lungs, “We’re going streaking!”

There are many reasons why most of us here at CSU still love


“I think people just want to have fun,” said business finance

senior Mike Ross, who added that the holiday gives people a chance

to step outside who they normally are.

Juniors Kaleb Harvey and Clint Headly agree.

“I’ll probably go to parties,” Harvey said. “I stopped dressing

up in junior high, but once I got up here I started again.”

“Yeah, and the girls are real into it,” Headly said. “We’re

going as Bacardi and Coke.”

However, not everyone celebrates Halloween to simply have fun.

Others, like sophomore Jessa Copelin, use it to relieve the burdens

of being a strapped-for-cash college student. Copelin plans to take

on the identity of a burrito for the evening and get a free meal

from Chipotle.

“I can’t afford it normally, so it’s a good deal. Plus you can

go afterward and get free candy,” Copelin said.

Still, most college kids see Halloween as a chance to have fun

and relieve stress from the week. “Halloween gives people like me a

legitimate excuse to dress up in a costume and dance like there’s

no tomorrow,” said Josh Dillard, a former CSU student. “I’m gonna’

be Harry Carry. Groovy.”




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