Though well before Oct. 31, last Friday and Saturday marked the beginning of Halloween festivities in a traditional Colorado College fashion. “Halloweekend,” as it is affectionately called, often ends up larger than Halloween. Students are free from their academic and extracurricular obligations that occur when the holiday falls on a weekday.
As is the case with most other events, CC doesn’t do Halloweekend halfway. Students are fully committed to their costumes, and Halloween spirit is at an all-time high. Many believe that people-watching and admiring creative costumes are the best parts of the weekend, and provide a great opportunity to see people step out of their shell. While so many of the costumes pushed the innovative envelope, several that built upon happy coincidences stood out this year.
Brooke Veale and Peyton Tich met on their first night at CC and have remained best friends ever since. Anyone familiar with the popular TV show “One Tree Hill,” will note the similarities between Veale and Tich’s names and those of the show’s two main female characters, Brooke Davis and Peyton Sawyer, who Veale and Tich dressed up as on Friday night. The two have been waiting to do this costume for a while, but they finally got to dress up as the famous cheerleaders this year. “We bought the costumes last year but they took six weeks to get here, so we’ve been anticipating this moment for over a year. Peyton and I really love ‘One Tree Hill,’ and I’m obsessed with Brooke Davis,” said Veale. “People who were familiar with the show really liked it, and I was actually surprised at how many people, especially guys, got it right away,” she said. Veale added that she often feels like she “missed her calling in high school as a cheerleader, so it was fun to be one for the evening.”
Another popular costume was senior Anika Grevstad’s. Grevstad, both a choreographer and performer in Dance Workshop, injured her back in a rehearsal. As a result, she has been required to wear a full back brace. “I fractured a vertebrae last week, and I’m stuck in a back brace for a good while, so I figured I would make the most of it!” she said. Grevstad decided to dress up as Regina George, the antagonistic queen bee from the cult classic “Mean Girls,” who gets hit by a bus and is required to wear a spinal halo to a school dance. “Regina George was pretty much the only remotely cute character in the history of back braces that I could think of,” said Grevstad.
Like Veale and Tich, many students opted to dress up in a group with their friends. Junior Ines Siepmann and her roommates dressed up as the Teletubbies from the old children’s TV show. “We wanted to do an apartment costume, and this seemed like a good group of five—plus, several people in our group had been Teletubbies when they were little, so we brought it back,” said Siepmann. The group costume idea has become immensely popular because of the bonding that occurs by way of it. “I prefer group costumes, because it gives you an opportunity to do something with your friends—to prep for the night, we all watched an episode of ‘Teletubbies’ and ate mac and cheese together,” said Siepmann. “Group costumes tend to be more collaborative and more cute and fun,” added Veale. When asked which costumes stood out to her, she said that “one house was the seven deadly sins, and I thought that that was creative and cool.”
As everyone experienced various costume contests, midnight breakfast, and other Halloweekend festivities, there was no shortage of great costumes. The CC studet body’s willingness to put itself out there and dress up as something unique and fun speaks a lot about the community as a whole and its enthusiasm. Many students are already hatching plans for next year’s ensemble as well as preparing for the multitude of festivities that are bound to occur in the next holiday season.