Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve, is an annual festival that takes place around the world on October 31, the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In recent times the festival is celebrated with activities including dressing up in spooky costumes, trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns and lighting bonfires.
notes from the dorm
Jocelyn Wong, University of Western Ontario
The Halloween weekend came and went and my university did not disappoint. It had a range of activities, including dances, trips to mazes and 'trick or eating' dorm parties.
My friends and I had been looking forward to this event for weeks as we slowly got through the midterms.
I was the most prepared, buying my costume three months in advance during the summer. While I was in Tokyo I vowed to buy a Lolita costume.
Over the years, I had seen so many variations of this romantic style of costume and was intent on going all out this year.
However, I forgot to take into account that people in Canada do not speak 'Asian' so explaining my costume was quite a challenge.
Most people thought I was dressed as a French maid, otherwise they had no idea.
My favourite interpretation was that I was a Harajuku (Japanese street fashion) girl so I ended up telling everybody that's what I was. It was much simpler to explain.
I love dressing up to go out with my friends.
This weekend, however, we stayed mainly on campus.
Even though I am a 'main campus' student, I still have to get signed in to various residence halls if I want to take part in their activities.
During this weekend, I visited five halls of residence.
On Sunday, I went to Medway-Syndenham Hall for their Halloween dance and met a lot of new people as well as danced in a room filled with neon lights and head-splitting music.
Flashing lights, crowded rooms and pumping bass music have definitely been a part of a fun-filled college life - up to this point at least.
Many people have the wrong idea that college parties are always about alcohol and scandal. I used to be one of those people who were repelled by the idea of attending crazy parties because I did not like getting drunk and doing stupid things.
These things do happen but the point of the dance really is to let loose and let off some post-midterm steam. Whether these events become completely out of control and disorderly is completely up to the individual.
I had one of the most amazing weekends and definitely got to relieve some stress and connect with a lot of people.
I can't wait for Halloween 2011 - I know all sorts of crazy things are bound to happen.