Halloween falls on a Thursday this year. Members of the student body have clashed in contentious debate about when the Halloweekend festivities actually begin. Although deciding when to celebrate may seem easier than it did last year when Halloween fell on a Wednesday, the jury still seems to be out on whether Halloweekend is this weekend or the following weekend. The easy answer is always that it’s both weekends… but before we get down to business and let you pick a side, let us hash out each side of the age-old Halloweekend debate, after the jump.
Thanks to all who submitted photos of their costumes to our second annual costume contest. We were thrilled to get lots of great submissions, all of which were a testament to Brown students’ creativity, wit, and incredible ability to coordinate costumes and poses while being photographed. In true Twelve Angry Men fashion, the editors of BlogDH engaged in a heated debate over your submissions before reaching a final consensus. While we all agreed on a costume idea, we were split on which group had better execution. So, without further ado, let us present the first place winners:
From left to right: James G. ’13, Hannah K. ’15, Nick D. ’14, Ben M. ’14, Kelly M. ’13, Katie D. ’13, Avery N. ’13, Cory A. ’13, Josh G. ’14, Kathy N. ’13, Christina J. ’14, Tanya N. ’13, Laney C. ’14, Tori L. ’14
Top to bottom, left to right: Zak C. ’15, James G. ’15, Kris K. ’15, Ali K. ’15, Sara P. ’15, Julia V. ’15, Jessica V. ’15, and Joseph R. ’14
Description: The main characters from Toy Story.
Check out more of our favorite submissions after the jump. [Read more →]
Hurricane Sandy (Cohen) will not prevent our Halloween festivities from taking place; it may just mix them a little wet. Every cloud (including huge, scary ones) has a silver lining. Use the rain to your advantage to come up with some aquatic Halloween costumes. Consider the following five ideas as you trek through the Frankenstorm:
1) A rubber duck is a completely waterproof costume. Stay dry by wearing yellow or orange rain boots and a yellow poncho. If you’re feeling really creative, you can make bubbles by attaching clear balloons to your costume so that you’re a floating rubber duck.
Last year it was a blizzard, and this year, Halloween is sending a hurricane at us. I shit you not. Hurricane Sandy, which just passed through Cuba, is a Category 2 “Frankenstorm” that is 90% likely to make landfall in the Northeast next week. I really thought there was no way to top last year’s ice/slush disaster, but this 2012 version of 1991′s The Perfect Storm — the George Clooney/Mark Wahlberg costume potential is so high right now — probably will do just that. Something tells me sexy referee costumes won’t do much in the way of protecting yourself from the elements (at least binders full of women seems weatherproof!). Better buy a Cleverhood.
Last year, you showed us your creativity, your style, and your ability to coordinate group costumes despite your high levels of inebriation. Brunonia, you have spoken: Halloweekend will, in fact, be the weekend before Halloween (and the craziness that will be Halloween Whisko). We want to see the most insane costume ideas you can think up. If your costume is impressive enough, it may just end up right here on BlogDH.
That’s right, dear readers. We’re back at it again with our second annual Halloween costume contest. The premise is much like any other Halloween costume contest with a slight twist: have a friend take a picture of you in costume within the next week, and submit it along with your first name, first letter of your last name, class year and a brief description of your costume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll announce the winner of the contest on the morning of Friday, November 2, and — here’s the kicker — every post on Friday, November 2 will use your costume photo as its featured picture. In addition, we’ll post our favorite runners-up on the blog and on our Facebook page. So, even when you’re stuck in classes on that gloomy, un-fulfilling Friday and are feeling depressed in the wake of the post-Halloween comedown, you’ll still be able to check BlogDH and feel the Halloween spirit.
Creativity will be the main standard we’ll use, but you’ll of course get extra points for Brown relevance and group costuming. We’ll be accepting submissions until 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1. Happy Halloweek, and we look forward to seeing your submissions!
Now that Halloweekend’s over, and you’ve finally found the remnants of your slutty [insert animal here] costume scattered around campus, it’s time to look to the future: responsible balancing of school work looking for another excuse to drink.
Here are some of the stranger red letter days for breaking out the red cups.
The Big Ones
Hannukah – Why party on just one holy day when you can party for more than a week straight? Here’s to having another miracle: a single handle of vodka that lasts for eight whole nights. Mazel tov! December 20th-28th
Holi – The Queer Alliance can’t hog the rainbow; break out the color in a giant pigment fight to celebrate the beginning of spring. Just don’t dare throw glitter—that shit’s the herpes of craft. March 20 [Read more →]
“It used to be that children could go out safely on Halloween, dressed up as whatever they wanted, and collect a lot of candy from many people,” but the tradition of trick-or-treating may be a thing of the past … at least according to The Herald 20 years ago.
In many neighborhoods, the kids will not just wander through each street, as now they are only permitted to go to houses of people they know. All of the candy they receive has to be checked by their parents, most of which may be considered unsafe.
In some communities, including suburbs of New York and Boston, hospitals offer free x-raying of all candy in order to detect razor blades and other metal that might have been put into the candy. Rhode Island Hospital offered this service a few years ago, but it was discontinued because of lack of response and the hospital’s feeling that they were providing a false safety net for the community.
Twenty years later, we seem to be doing pretty well.
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Nooooooo! Is Halloween really almost over? The annual Halloween Organ Concert starts tonight at 11:55 in Sayles. Remember to bring pillows and blankets. Extra points for showing up in costume.
At long last, it’s Halloween. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to our inaugural costume contest. Once again, Brown, you’ve impressed us with your creativity, wit and debauchery. It’s been a brutal race, resulting in much heated debate among the BlogDH editors, but, at long last, we have come to a consensus. First place goes to:
Names (left to right): “Phish-Sticks” Zweifach ’12, Zana “Where’s-My-Joint” Salz ’12, Monty “Fatso” Simmons ’12, AmeriLine “Dreamboat” Sholem ’12 and “Moe-Love-Less-War” Sachdev ’12.
Description: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors
Congratulations, ladies! As promised, this group’s photo will be featured in every post that we put up today. Check out the runners-up after the jump. [Read more →]