Angry birds, Waldos, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is merely a sampling of all of the wacky costumes I saw walking through campus on Halloween. Once every seven years, Halloween happens to fall on a Friday. It was great to have a stressful week lead up to Halloween festivities on campus.
Coming up with a costume was perhaps the easiest part of the day. Given my interest in the Middle East, I thought it would be fitting to dress up as Aladdin for Halloween. Luckily, I had a couple articles of clothing in my wardrobe that I gathered from volunteering as an English teacher in Morocco last summer that would help me look the role pretty well. My costume consisted of a gold-embroidered black vest, traditional Moroccan rezza hat, and sirwal pants that would give MC Hammer a run for his money. For a finishing touch, I asked a friend of mine, who is well-known for the henna tattoo making J-Term workshop she has taught in the past, to give me a henna tattoo. This definitely took my outfit to the next level.
Here’s a picture of me in my rendition of Aladdin!
For me, it wasn’t too difficult to bring a costume together. However, for most college students Halloween is a time to be resourceful and creative about bringing a costume together. Usually friends would borrow clothes from each other to make sure their costume is looking picture perfect in time for Halloween night. The result of clothes exchanges and taking creative license to come up with their interpretation is often not translatable for the bystander but it is always amusing to watch what people come up with.
I walked into Ross Dining Hall for dinner in full Aladdin regalia to a bunch of other students who were already decked out in costume. The highlight of my meal was witnessing the extravagant entrance of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh carried in a throne by a group of henchmen. After the group had settled into their seats, I complimented them on the elaborateness of their performance and attention to detail. Through their ability to maintain character and role play, I quickly learned that Halloween was, in fact, a serious matter for them and they were determined to win the costume contest happening later that night.
In addition to the costume contest, there were many other fun Halloween-related events happening on campus. Student organizations and social houses had many events to celebrate Halloween. Middlebury Queers & Allies threw a HalloQueen dance party, while the Hispanic heritage club, ALIANZA, prepared an altar for Dia de los Muertos. For those who don’t necessarily find the late-night dance party scene their cup of tea, there is an exhaustive list of alternative options available for them. Xenia, the substance-free living house, had a get together after dinner with snack and mocktails galore. It just goes to show that the options for what to do on a typical weekend at Middlebury are many and diverse.
When people ask me what the worst thing about Middlebury is, I would say it is constantly succumbing to FOMO–the fear of missing out. On any given night during the weekend, there are so many a variety of different events happening that it is not humanly possible to be present at all of them. For example, I sadly had to forfeit watching my friend’s play Mendel Inc to bond over apple-bobbing with my housemates at Munford, the intentional-living house, this weekend. Coming from an urban metropolis like New York City to small-town Vermont, I was concerned there was not going to be many events happening on campus to keep me engaged and excited. However, with over 160 active student organizations and energetic students, faculty and staff who are motivated to making our community a vibrant one, there is always something fun happening on campus for people of all interests to enjoy.