Halloweek for dummies


Ahh, it is Halloweek eve, and nothing seems spoooookier than the quickly disappearing bottles of Svedka from the shelves of Spiritus. Four days and four nights of celebration are upon us, and proper preparation is crucial. Last year we learned from our first Halloweek, and this year we’re ready to share that knowledge with you when you need it most. BlogDH has got your back, as always, to provide you with a user-friendly guide to navigating your way through the tumultuous waters of Halloweek–and by tumultuous waters, I am referring to the toilets that will inevitably overflow in freshman dorms bar bathrooms.

First and foremost, you need to stop procrastinating on your laptop (reading BlogDH is an exception) and get your work done. If you don’t get your work done, you will either have to miss a night o’ fun or spend the subsequent days stressing and being in a bad mood. Which sucks. So get your work done, and by get your work done we mean get all your work done that needs to be turned in by a deadline, and start doing that right now. Or start when you’ve finished reading this post.

Tonight, it will begin. Do not go too hard on Night One. Pace yourself. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. However, I really don’t remember the last time a marathon started without everyone frantically sprinting right away. So maybe it’s a marathon and a sprint. Yeah, definitely both. Just keep that in mind.

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Can you feel it coming in the air tonight?

…the deadline to submit your pictures to the third annual Halloweek costume contest, that is.

Did you rock the most awesome costume at Halloween Whisko? Ultra? Vanity? House parties? Frat houses? The SciLi? Wherever you and your costume went this week, you can achieve campus-wide fame by entering our third annual Halloweek costume contest!

Send a picture of your costume to blog@browndailyherald.com with your first name and the first initial of your last name, your class year, and a brief description of your costume by TONIGHT at 5 p.m. If you’re lucky, your beautiful face (and costume, duh) will be featured in every post we run tomorrow. Send ‘em on in! What are you waiting for?

BlogDH Panel: #tbt Halloween

The first day of Hannukah and Thanksgiving aren’t the only holidays that collide this year: today isn’t just Halloween, it’s also fucking Thursday.  Yes, its a #tbt Halloween.  To commemorate this epic occurrence, which won’t happen again until 2019, BlogDH shares with you their favorite #tbt Halloween get-ups. -Katie Bright

Ana: I was Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame like three years in a row. Whatever.

Ana Colon: I was Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame like three years in a row. Whatever.


Katie Bright: Taking a break from trick-or-treating to read? That, or my mom staged the photo.  I also would totally wear this tonight. Continue Reading

Sexy vs. creative costumes: Pros and cons

Most girls can’t wait to squeeze into their first sexy halloween costume inappropriately early in middle school, but by the time we’re young women we learn that sexy costumes are a double-edged sword. Maybe in your artsy high school you could get away with something like my old costume (shown below), but how will that hold up in the bump and grind world of Brown’s Halloween parties?  Realistically, it’s rather unlikely that you’ll find a costume that’s simultaneously sexy and creative, so you’re probably going to have to make a few tough choices before you head out to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. Before you take that big step towards either unique or skimpy, consider the pros and cons of donning each type of costume.

The Creative Costume:

My friend came dressed as a Samsung Galaxy S3 but I sued her into leaving the party


  • Your get-up will serve as an excellent conversation-starter as everyone crowds around the Svedka
  • Creative costumes tend to bare less skin, keeping you warmer while you wait in line for parties
  • Confident enough that your costume is top notch? Submit it to our second annual costume contest


  • Homemade costumes tend to fall apart before the night is over. For example, this weekend I ended up holding my costume up with my teeth on the dance floor.
  • You won’t feel like you’re “hot stuff.” If you’re wearing some sort of inanimate object, like a chair or an airplane propeller (don’t ask me, they just seem novel), you’re probably not going to feel sexy, which can be tough on the ol’ ego when you’re surrounded by a bunch of nearly naked classmates.
  • You’ll overheat at all of the parties you go to, and nothing can cut short a raucous Halloween evening quite like a woozy collapse on the dance floor. Continue Reading

How Not to be a Freshman: The one where I go to Hogwarts

Well, readers, you all should know (unless you live under a rock) that Halloweek has commenced! Now, since Halloween is my second favorite holiday of the year, I always make it a point to take my costumes seriously. Last week, I discovered that there would be a Harry Potter-themed party hosted by those god-like crew men. It was going to be four floors of Hogwarts heaven: sexy Slytherins, ravenous Ravenclaws, and maybe even a hunky Hufflepuff. And I was going to be there. I was not waiting in line.

Now, I wanted to be something creative. I was not going to attend this fabulous soiree as Hermione.  I decided I would go as the one, and only, Moaning Myrtle. She was a desperate flirt with a penchant for bitching. Basically, she’s a dead version of me. I had the character and now all I needed was the costume.

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A Halloween Horror Story: The Group Costume

Halloween in a simpler time.

Nothing stresses me out more than Halloween costumes. Not midterms, not straight men, not the impending Frankenstorm. Nothing.

I have to be both sexy and creative at the same time? Listen, I know I go to Brown, but I’m not that smart or savvy. I JUST WANT TO DRESS UP LIKE A COW LIKE I DID IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, OKAY!?! Or maybe a sexy Eskimo. It’s gonna be cold.

Now, even though most Brown students may pretend to adore Halloweekend, no matter how much you squeal about fishnets and hair pieces and clever women-in-binder costumes, I know you’re drowning in costume-induced anxiety. How do I know? Much like a school of fish or the majestic African impala, you find safety in numbers by rounding up your friends and going in a group costume. But I’m here to tell you: this is a mistake.

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