Hallowgreens Do’s and Don’ts

Hallowgreens is an annual unofficial St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) holiday. It celebrates Halloween. Most students who choose to participate dress-up in costume, and some do not. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, the Student Government Association (SGA) usually produces a list of “do’s and don’ts.” With permission from this year’s SGA, The Point News is publishing this year’s list online.

Courtesy of the SMCM SGA and Elizabeth Allnut, here are this year’s “Hallowgreens Do’s and Don’ts.”

This weekend please do:

Dress warmly and be festive!

Be responsible for your guests and make sure they have their guest passes[.]

Make sure that your phone is fully charged and with you[.]

Look out for your friends and stay with them[.]

Throw away your trash and recycling properly[.]

Respect PS, RA’s and staff[.]

Get water and snacks[.]

Shine your phone flashlight if you need help[.]

Look out for others! IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING, remember bystander intervention!

Ask a NIGHTHAWK to walk you home!

Please do not:

Bring open containers outside[.]

Walk home alone[.]

Run away from RA’s, PS and staff if they stop you[.]

Litter[.]

Take a drink from [an] unknown source[.]

Stand on the townhouse porticos[.]

Be disrespectful to other students and guests[.]

Leave your house unlocked and unattended[.]

If you have any questions contact:

Whittni Pickens, SGA President (wapickens@smcm.edu)

Evan Lesser, 2018 President (eplesser@smcm.edu)

Sharon Phillips, Student Trustee (stphillips@smcm.edu)

Lookout for The Point News‘s costume photo feature in the next print edition.

Hallowgreens Tradition Continues, Halloween Celebrated at St. Mary's

The always-anticipated Hallowgreens festivities took place on the Townhouse Greens Saturday night, right in time for the brisk winter cold despite a week of warm October weather.

The annual celebration takes place on the Saturday nearest to Halloween, and calls for dressing up in costumes, socializing, and enjoying the often original, typical, or ridiculous Halloween costumes of fellow St. Mary’s students. “It’s a great way to show creativity. I like the fact that I can go outside my door and see half of the school socializing and just having fun,” said Senior Bethany Townsend, who dressed up as a unique ninja mouse.

Students started gathering on the Greens as early as 9 p.m. dressed in full costume and prepared for the night of fun. As usual, St. Mary’s kept the tradition innovative, creative, and exhilarating with characters from the eventful night consisting of a picnic table, holiday fairies, and the average college dinner: a cup of noodles.

A large group of Mario Kart racecar drivers were also in attendance, totaling a complete group of thirteen. The group used the Greens as their racetrack for the night, bumping into each other and simulating the characters and actions from the actual video game. While there was a wide range of imaginative get-ups for the night, there were also the typical outfits that make appearances every year. The standard costumes worn included pirates, ninja turtles, avatars and bumblebees.

Public Safety remained outside of Daugherty-Palmer Commons, overseeing the wellbeing of students throughout the night. St. Mary’s Interim Director of Public Safety David Zylak said, “We are going to have an all hands on deck night for public safety [at Hallowgreens]” before Saturday evening even arrived, cognizant of the necessary lookout for any prohibited activities.

While the massive gathering is a new experience to most first-years at St. Mary’s, most seniors enjoyed their last time around before graduating. Senior Mike Victory, who posed as Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum on Saturday night, says, “Hallowgreens defines why small schools are better than big schools.”

“It’s an opportunity for you to exercise your imagination and be who you want to be or what you want to be,” Townsend said.

Hallow’s Eve to HallowGreens: St. Mary’s History of the Celebration of Horror on Campus

Halloween was first mentioned in The Point News in 1959’s December issue, under the story heading “All Hallow’s Eve”, and next to a dorm version of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and a Thanksgiving announcement to students.

Throughout the paper’s past, Halloween is, surprisingly, seldom mentioned, and pictures are rarely released of the holiday that now attracts hundreds of students to North Campus every year for an intense display of community and creative costumes.

Over the years, the College has held pumpkin carving contests, trick-or-treat events for County toddlers, theatrical productions of a scary nature, and, most recently (and unofficially), HallowGreens, which is not mentioned in The Point until 2005 in a photo caption.

This page is a tribute to these traditions, and a representation of how St. Mary’s students have celebrated 10/31 over the last five decades independently and as part of the College community.

Hallowgreens: First Year Perspective.

On Hallowgreens night, I found Jesus.

Literally.

He was dipping two fingers into his red plastic cup filled with Natural Light, and blessing anyone who passed him on the Townhouse Greens. He then proceeded to give Zach Galifianakis a bear hug. I’ve seen some funny things in my first few months at St. Mary’s, but Hallowgreens may have just topped them all.

For journalistic purposes, I tried not to have any expectations of the event, so that writing from a first-years point of view would be as unbiased as possible. The hype leading up to Hallowgreens, however, was impossible not to hear – as well as the stories of past years. As put by a fellow student in the laundry room the day prior, “you’ll love it, it’s insane.”

And so it was.

My night began in a friend’s dorm, getting dressed and drawing on a mole (I was Marylin Monroe for the night). With me, was Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Chow from the Hangover, and that guy from Inception. Movie characters were a theme for us, and when we reached the crowded Greens, it seemed we weren’t the only ones.

When we weren’t running into blue “Na’vi” from Avatar, we found ourselves bumping into the green “Hulk.” Some people really committed to body paint and light clothing, despite freezing weather – dedication I found simply impressive.

Walking from townhouse to townhouse made the entire block seem to merge into one large party, music from each individual room blending with others into a cacophony of Lady Gaga and Lil’ Wayne. Some of my favorite townhouses were themed, including one with people standing in a picture frame as the figures from the painting “American Gothic.”

And, of course, the Hallowgreens notorious trick-or-treating for alcohol made the evening’s events that much more interesting. One individual, obviously having consumed a fair amount of substance, was seen attempting to climb a pyramid tent in front of one of the townhouses as though it were a real pyramid, as Public Safety watched unamused.

Some students even chose to dress as Public Safety officers, and were remarkably convincing– so much so that we didn’t realize they were in costume until they were seen encouraging another student to chug down their beer.

Real Public Safety officers did in fact intervene when at about ten in the evening, loud popping noises were heard twice from the far side of the Greens. It was unclear to anyone whether it was firecrackers or extraordinarily loud balloons exploding; however – despite the unexplained noise – the event continued, unperturbed.

Some time later, as I was leaving, I saw two people dressed as Adam and Eve – and wondered if they too found Jesus and had a conversation with him tonight. After convincing a friend not to swim in the fountain by Schaffer Hall, everyone headed home; to get some much needed sleep.

In my opinion as a first-year, Hallowgreens was memorable to say the least, and I can’t wait to do it all again, next year.

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.