Halloween a chance to escape the norm

Angela Oliver

Even hip-hop has Halloween classics.

On the Geto Boys’ eerie tune, “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” the Texas trio raps about paranoia, lost loves and other haunting situations that they proclaim are so crazy, only the ghostly holiday could be the reason for their occurrence.

While, we, as college students, might not have as much to be afraid of, we do have reasons to celebrate the holiday just as passionately as we did in our younger years.

Despite its intricate, often sensationalized history (though the now-commercial day is celebrated far from its original intentions), Halloween is great for one reason: you can choose to play the role of someone or something completely different from yourself.

That might not seem like a big deal. But think of a regular day filled with a routine hourly job, a set schedule of classes or a phone call to Mom and Dad that has become so scripted, you can finish each other’s sentences before they even start. I’m getting bored just thinking about it.

Now, don’t take that to mean you should call your parents any less. I just want you to take advantage of Halloween and use it as a chance to escape the norm.

There’s a lot of imagination and whimsicality that can go into celebrating. And sometimes it’s just fun to be a kid again.

You may have to shell out the better part of your paycheck for a kick-ass costume. After all, Halloween has become a $6.9 billion industry, according to The History Channel’s website. But there are costume contests around town with prize money that may help you recoup.

If you prefer to keep it simple, arrange trick-or-treating with your floormates. You won’t get the full experience, but you won’t have to drag yourself out of bed the next day, either. And you might find new friendships.

You might get a few doors slammed in your face if you go trick-or-treating in Bowling Green and people realize you’re older than their elementary schoolers. Do it anyway; it’ll be fun to see how many people fall for your superhero or Disney princess costume.

So, enjoy yourselves this Halloween – sometimes you need to get a little crazy to maintain your sanity. Have a drink or two, but only if you have a designated driver. Check out the latest scary movie or featured haunted house. And don’t settle for the French maid or referee getup; remember, it’s all about being creative.

Drive slowly, watch out for little ghouls and goblins roaming the streets, and don’t forget that you have to go back to being yourself Monday morning.

Don’t fret if your mind starts playing tricks on you – you only get one night.

This commentary doesn’t necessarily represent the views of the Herald or the university.