From the Patio: Preparations Begin for Annual Hallowgreens

We weren’t prepared for the cold and rain that has forced us off the patio last week, but we’ve found a meaningful way to bide our time. With Hallowgreens just a couple of weeks away, we’ve dedicated our free time to finding and creating the perfect costumes to honor this venerated campus tradition.

Every Halloween, students gather on the Townhouse greens donned in outrageous costumes, wandering from house to house in search of college-style tricks and treats. Without fail, it proves to be the best party on campus year after year.

Students seem to outdo themselves every Hallowgreens. The creativity that goes into costumes amazes us. Here’s a few of our favorites:

A large-scale Trojan horse complete with an army of Greek soldiers, a D-Day landing craft that stormed the Greens with Saving Private Ryan inspired soldiers, and high-tech superhero costumes complete with plastic armor and LED lights.

Any costume inspired by sexual innuendos and catchy phrases, including but not limited to “Dick-tator,” “one night stand,” “chick magnet,” “spooning,” “gold digger,” “cock block,” and “wounded soldier.”

Full casts of TV shows and movies, such as Sesame Street, Scooby Doo, Doug, The Price is Right, Super Troopers, Transformers… the list is endless.

Costumes inspired by popular YouTube clips, among the best are characters from “My New F-ing Haircut,” Darrell from “Can I Have Yo Numba?” and Carpenter, Dutch, Storm and other teammates from the Mad TV Abercrombie & Fitch skits.

The possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination. As you search for your costume, we’d like to make a few suggestions:

Avoid anything with “sexy” attached to it, such as sexy nurse, sexy librarian, sexy teacher, etc. This also includes cheerleaders and Hooters girls. It’s cliché, overdone and typically used by last minute costume seekers. Trust us, there are more creative ways to be sexy.

Try to find a way to stay warm—whether it’s by wearing a beer jacket or other means. One of the most innovative means of doing so has been incorporating Camelbaks into costumes and filling them with hot chocolate or other tasty beverages. Keep in mind, there’s a fine line between staying warm and not remembering the epic event.

Homemade costumes are best. Don’t even think about ordering something online. This is college. Get creative and be budget-friendly.

It’s also best if you leave your beer goggles at home. In the event that you don’t, be sure to say hi to the Condom Fairy (a.k.a Dean Bayless).

We hope some of these suggestions help as you gear up for Hallowgreens. Looking through archived issues of The Point News, we’ve found several interesting accounts of the event. One individual went as far as to say it’s the “classiest night at St. Mary’s.”

While it may not be the classiest, it’s by far the most memorable and always gives us something to laugh about from the Patio.

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