This week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire year. It is a week among no others for those of us who consider ourselves creative souls. I have already begun to see a variety of characters walking around downtown West Chester in the brisk autumn air.
Though it is easy to focus on the often inappropriate or even offensive outfits some choose to don, one look around reveals that the majority of people are just out there to creatively express themselves, and well, have fun!
While crazy costumes may be my favorite thing about Halloween, they certainly aren’t the only great part. I’m sure to spend a few hours comparing all the plumpest pumpkins the local farms have to offer. When I find one with the perfect shape and brightest orange hue, I’ll take it home, dig out its insides, and eventually light a candle inside it for a display to the world. Then, I’ll spend the majority of the week munching on salty roasted pumpkin seeds while I sew the finishing touches on my costume.
Come Thursday or Friday, I’m sure to find a great costume contest, and maybe if I’m lucky, leave with some cash. If not, at least I’ll push myself to get out there and be proud. After all, it’s easy to be yourself when you’re not yourself.
Of course, as you go about your festivities, remember to be safe. The same rules we usually follow apply. Remember not to go out alone, make sure someone always knows where you are, and use your general common sense.
If you are 21 and decide to enjoy some alcoholic beverages, make sure you keep yourself in check, never leave your drink unattended, and remember that a sober driver is never more than a call away. If you aren’t 21, I know it’s clichÃ©, but don’t be a statistic. I won’t tell you not to take candy from strangers, but as always, use discretion.
When we choose to be safe and creative, Halloween can be one of the best days of the year. I know I can’t wait to see my fellow students in character. Until next week, Happy Halloween WCU!