Students recap Halloween traditions

Seton Hall students got into the “spooky season” spirit last month as many celebrated Halloween by dressing up in scary costumes and reliving childhood traditions.

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Ruby Pasupuleti, a sophomore biology major, said she decided to get dressed up this year. She said she and her friends dressed up as a cat, a cheetah, a goddess and a vampire. Pasupuleti said she wore a vampire-eared headband and accentuated her costume with the use of makeup.

Pasupuleti said some of the other costumes she saw included “Stitch,” a character from the Disney animated film “Lilo and Stitch,” acclaimed rapper Cardi B and the infamous twins from “The Shining.”

“I think Halloween can be such a creative outlet for people to express themselves,” Pasupuleti said. “The way people incorporated pop culture and referenced movie characters with their costumes really illustrated the variety of possibilities that come with dressing up.”

Pasupuleti added that some professors also came “dressed to impress,” as they showed up dressed in costumes at the Biology Society Halloween Party in McNulty Hall on Oct. 26.

Aside from being decked head to toe in Halloween costumes, students celebrated in other ways on campus as well. The annual tradition of trick-or-treating hit Aquinas Hall, but with a twist.

Ryan Ailara, a junior nursing major, is an RA at Aquinas Hall and discussed the residence hall’s “Fall at the Hall” program held on Oct. 29. Ailara said freshmen signed up their rooms for trick-or-treating, where residents could knock on each other’s doors and get candy.

In addition, he said, with each piece of candy, RA’s handed out little fun facts about the building to the freshmen. If a freshman brought a fact to the lounge where the RA’s would be, the freshman would receive candy, he said.
“I think it’s a great experience, good for community building,” Ailara said. “Residents are able to knock on each other’s doors and meet new people, which is a lot of fun. And who doesn’t like trick-or-treating?”

Marya Mahmood, a junior secondary special education and history major and RA at Aquinas Hall, shared her thoughts on how she celebrates Halloween. “I like to dress up as an RA, knock on my residents’ doors, and say ‘Housing!’” she said.

Mahmood said she truly enjoys the vibe that comes with watching Halloween movies, as it truly gets her in the spirit.

“It’s always a good opportunity to stay in,” Mahmood said. “My residents and I were going to watch ‘Halloweentown,’ get candy and have snacks. Life’s good.”

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