Growing up, we think of Halloween as this awesome day where we get to go to school in costume, watch movies and eat candy in class, then go home and indulge in a night full of trick-or-treating. Maybe if you were lucky, your parents let you pick a few treats to eat when you got home (of course after the candy was inspected, the weird candy was ditched, you made exchanges with siblings & your parents stole a few pieces).

BUT, while reminiscing on old traditions such as watching movies like Halloweentown or Hocus Pocus, it almost seems as if the magic of Halloween was real.

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But hey, we’re in University now, so what exactly does that mean for Halloween?
Well, while the youthful magic of Halloween might have disappeared a new magic is in the works for Halloween when you’re in University.


Now the university Halloween costume presents many challenges. There is a very fine line between being too eager beaver and being too, well…. “inappropriate”. So how to find a balance of a costume that is equally awesome/fun/sassy/magical?? Here’s some tips:

  1. Take a tour around your house. Household products, furniture, anything could spark an absolutely amazing idea.
  2. If that doesn’t work, pinterest it out. Well maybe for the fellas google works too, but most importantly the inter webs has tons of fun ideas as well.
  3. OR you could even select a simple, classic Halloween idea and add a twist (zombie witch etc.)
  4. Once you’ve got that gem of an idea hit up either a Halloween store (Spirit of Halloween at the Pen or Party City on Bunting) OR my favourite place Value Village (do NOT underestimate the awesomeness of this store)
  5. When looking for a costume/ picking one out, keep the cost minimal! If the accessories you need are hella expensive from the costume shop, the dollar store is prime!
  6. If you really can’t think of anything, talk to your friends and organize a group costume. Those can be super fun, creative and easy.
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  7. And if group costumes don’t work, reduce, reuse and recycle my friends. Ask friends to borrow their old halloween costumes, or even wear what you wore last year! If anyone asks (which they won’t) just tell them it’s vintage.
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  8. MOST importantly, when selecting a costume for you, find a balance that works. If you want to be really over dressed, then do it. If you’re lazy and want a simple costume, that works too.
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Remember, the only lame costume on Halloween is the one that doesn’t exist.

SO you’ve got your fantastic costume, but now what? I mean its not like everyone at school dresses up (well some do, and props to you folks for killin’ it).

Halloween Parties:

  • Consult with friends or roomies and figure out if they have any plans already. In some cases they’ll already have the plans and you just have to show up.
  • If no plans have been made, you can readily assume that anywhere downtown or Isaac’s, will have parties from Wednesday through until Saturday.
  • Lastly, if no one wants to go downtown, throw a Halloween bash! Invite some friends over and have a get together at home.

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Remember when you were younger and kids would come around to the door and ask for money for UNICEF instead of candy? Well as responsible and democratically aware university students, why not continue the goodwill? You don’t have to go trick-or-treating but maybe take the time to check out the UNICEF site to donate or even donate food to the St. Catharines food bank. Quite often, they are low on food this time of year and that would be an excellent way to give back to the community.

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So Badgers, have a safe and glorious Halloween! Live it up, rock that costume and enjoy the festivities!

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Until next time,
xoxo L