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Sightseeing at Halloween

Wilson  Taylor

Wilson Taylor,
Junior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 27 October 2014 -

This past weekend was Halloween in Athens. Prior to coming to Ohio University I had heard a lot about the event–both positive and negative. Being a junior, this was my third time experiencing the event. Quickly looking back, I can confidently say all three of my Halloween experiences have been positive.

In my first year, I was hesitant about heading uptown for Halloween. After being guilt-tripped by both my RA and roommate at the time, I ended up walking the stretch of the event, Court Street, with them. Once there, I immediately realized I had made the right decision–the atmosphere was simply amazing.

Now I don’t think twice about heading uptown. For me, Halloween is walking Court Street with a small group of friends while eating funnel cake, corn dogs, and being fascinated by all the costumes.

Each year I try to pick a favorite costume I’ve seen. This usually leads to conflict amongst friends, but I like to think I make the best choices. For my first Halloween, my favorite costume was a group of jellyfish. About fourteen people had on robes with bubble umbrellas. The umbrellas had streamers hanging down from the sides while flashing Christmas lights were on the insides. The group bounced up and down the street–-it was truly a sight to be seen!

Last year my favorite costume was a Toy Story army figure. The man who was dressed up as a soldier had his costume painted a uniform shade of dark jungle green. He lay down on the street perfectly motionless until a crowd had gathered; he would then leap two to three feet forward. He did such a great job I found myself questioning if it was even a costume.

This year, my favorite costume was a group dressed up as the Hogwarts castle from Harry Potter. My fascination with the scene was not only the detail put into the costumes but also the memories the scene brought back. I found myself remembering the wonderful times I had reading the Harry Potter series with my Dad in middle school.

Overall, Halloween in Athens is an amazing experience. If you approach the weekend with a positive attitude, a fun group of friends and respect for the community you’ll gain some awesome memories from the whole shebang every year!

Finally It’s Fall!

Eric May

Eric May,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 19 October 2014

My favorite season of the year seems to finally be here. Fall at Ohio University is a pretty special time. Not only are classes well underway, but also so is college football season.

The last couple of weekends I’ve been able to take a break from my coursework to enjoy some of my favorite fall activities. Last weekend I was able to participate in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology homecoming tailgate. It was a great opportunity to talk with engineering alumni and really get excited for the game. It also doesn’t hurt that students get into the home games for free.

Aside from the beautiful scenery in Southeast Ohio, fall also brings about my favorite holiday of the year: Halloween! Ohio University students really get in the spirit, and every year we have a great celebration with some really unique costumes. Last year I went as Han Solo from Star Wars and met some very interesting people.

I also enjoy carving pumpkins, so this weekend I went to a nearby pumpkin patch with a friend to pick a pumpkin.

Engineer in a Pumpkin Patch

We found an amazing place not too far from Athens, and I think this year I’m going to have an Ohio University or engineering themed carving. I’ve come to find that there are a lot of great places to visit off campus, and as I head into my last year of college I’m really coming to appreciate not just the university, but also what the surrounding area has to offer.

Hall-OU-ween

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 27 October 2013 – Sugar, spice and everything nice: WE ARE THE POWERPUFF GIRLS!

Oh it’s Hall-OU-ween at Ohio University again. It’s not every day that you can convince your friends to dress up in the most ridiculous thing you can think of and feel no shame! We had a blast this weekend, and if you can’t tell, I was Buttercup.

Powerpuff Girls

It was nice to get away from everything for a little bit, because for a few hours we were Super Heroes. We actually ran into two other groups of girls dressed up as the Power Puff Girls, and I have to admit, I think we were better dressed than both groups!

Powerpuff Girls

Powerpuff Girls

It was cool to support the Ohio University football team earlier in the day. We put Miami of Ohio in their place by defeating them 41-16! Remember “Friends don’t let friends go to Miami!”
This was a fun weekend for sure and I’m already thinking of what we should be for next year…maybe cheerleaders!

Wigs…$10
Fabric…$5
Sweat pants…$5.95
Being able to laugh about this the rest of my life…Priceless

Preparing for Halloween

Scott Kostohryz

Scott Kostohryz,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 26 October 2013 – I am not only an engineering student. I am involved with the campus in many other regards as well. As the Tau Beta Pi Vice-President, I helped hold info sessions. The interest held by so many undergraduates is fantastic. We had about 20 perspective members sign up for interviews so far. It is great to see so many people want to become involved with Ohio University by joining the engineering honor society.

As an RA, I get to work on Halloween. The number of costumes and the types of costumes that are seen are unbelievable. The imagination of my residents is great. It is one of the many parts of Ohio University and Athens I am very proud to be part of. I have the ability to go uptown for 2 hours, and the sheer amount of costumes, people, and concert stages is unbelievable. I enjoy every part of it.

This year is a special Halloween, as we get to play Miami. I am looking forward to the game. The rivalry of our two football teams makes the game that much better. Russ College will also be present at the game. The snowplow team will be making an on-field appearance with their robot pulling a small trailer, and they will smash through a wall of boxes to “defeat Miami.” I am looking forward to the game and I will be there to cheer on the Bobcats as the Marching 110 plays “Stand Up and Cheer.” The highlight of the game for many students is in fact the band. They always have a new and exciting halftime show for the audience. I cannot wait to see what they have up their sleeves for Miami.

Halloween in Athens

Colton Moran

Colton Moran,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 29 October 2012 – There are so many things about Athens, Ohio, that make it special. From the community to the refreshing nature that surrounds our school, everything about OU is unique.

One of those unique features is our annual Halloween block party. Every year people from around the state and country come to Athens Ohio to take part of the festivities. With all these people coming down they need somewhere to stay and that is when your house gets to become a short-term bed and breakfast. But this was not a normal group, we had pirates, Mickey Mouse, Batgirl, Steve Urkel, convicts, maids and to be honest some costumes that I still haven’t figured out.

With all these characters, it is hard not to get caught up in the fun. You also have the freedom to be as creative as you want and know everyone else is right there with you pushing the envelope on making their outfit different and new in some way. So I decided to bring back the days of Rome and introduce Athens to a Gladiator.

Halloween Gladiator

With a shiny metal (plastic) chest plate, a sharp blade (again plastic) and my hair spiked and red I was ready for another great weekend at Ohio University. From costume contests to street concerts the night seems to never get dull and always show for an entertaining evening. The people you meet, the creativity you see and the pure fun that is Halloween in Athens is something that everyone should experience I am proud to say I have.

Halloween Costume: Mortal Combat

Matt Simmons

Matt Simmons,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 28 October 2012 – Halloween is always a huge deal here in Athens. Since it will be my last Halloween here as a student, my friend Adam and I decided to go all out. We made our costumes from a video game that we always played as kids and have had a connection with as we grew up. We were Cyrax and Sektor from the Mortal Kombat series.

Halloween Costume

The only difficult part of the costume was the helmets. The rest of the costume was just protective pads that we spray painted to be the appropriate color. To create the helmet we used an Iron Man mask, baseball helmet and some P-Tex scraps from a previous project. We used a Dremel to trim the brim off of the baseball helmet and the Iron Man mask to get the correct shape and look. Then we used some super glue and epoxy to connect all of the components. After the helmet was set we taped it off so that we could spray all of the details on.

Halloween Costume

There weren’t very many people that recognized us, but the ones who did were really excited. We were both happy with the way they turned out and had an awesome Halloween weekend!

Halloween 2011 in Athens

Lingchong Mai

Lingchong Mai, Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 1 November 2011 – This week Monday was, as you all know, Halloween! However at Ohio University, we have such a tradition: on the weekends before it, we have the famous OU costume parade in the campus area! This tradition has been in effect for decades, and it makes OU as one of the famous universities in the mid-west. On that Friday and Saturday the main campus and Court Street area are closed for the parade, and people with costumes can be seen everywhere on the streets, in the buildings, in the dorms, and even in the bars and restaurants. Especially on that Saturday, Court Street will be crowded by people from OU, OSU, and even some from other states! Celebrations usually continue for the whole day and night.

For sure I participated in this year’s Halloween celebrations as usual, but what was unusual was that on the Friday, instead of having a party with college friends, I went to a party held by the staff of the Center of Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER). CEER is a professional research center of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Mostly the staff of the CEER are PhD students and professors at OU. I am a part-time staff of it working on my undergrad research. We not only are good at doing research, but also good at enjoying life.

On that Friday we went to the Oak Room Restaurant and had a party on the 2nd floor. Most of us were in costume. For the guys who did not come with a costume, we “made” them one – with colored papers. It was really fun to see a guy stand still, and another 3-4 guys working around him decorating him with paper. Well you know, in this kind of the situation, we would try our best to make fun of that guy. Finally, we successfully “made” a rooster, a “female” cheerleader, and a Hawaiian dancer. Later, we had competition on making a live mummy–using the paper rolls to wrap a person up as fast and completely as possible. We also had the best costume competition–people walked around and showed their poses and introduced the characters they were playing.

It is wonderful to spend Halloween with college friends, and spending Halloween with professors does not sound bad. This Halloween was really a unique experience for me.