Should Trick-or-Treating be on Campus?

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Iva Juka – Staff Writer

Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain about 2,000 years ago. This was when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts, according to A&E Television Networks.

In 2018, we view Halloween as a time to gather with friends and dress up in silly (or scary) character costumes to celebrate the “spooky” season. This time of year is full of scary movies, apple crisp and anything pumpkin flavored. As you get older, enjoying this holiday seems to get harder and interest begins to fall short.

As a college student, I can easily conclude that the only free time I have to do something that’s related to Halloween is maybe watch a scary movie, if I am not busy with homework or work. College students are always busy. Whether they have homework, practice or work, they are booked almost all the time. This leaves us with rarely any time to relax and have fun.

What if a piece of our childhood was brought back to us on our very own campus at Assumption College? Trick-or-treating on campus should be allowed, not only because it means receiving free candy (always a bonus) but it is also a great way to socialize and take some stress off our shoulders.

I know what you may be thinking, “trick-or-treating? On campus? I’m too old for this.” In my opinion, no one is too old to have fun. I mean, who does not like free candy? If trick-or-treating were to be allowed on campus, I would personally rather have it be on a Friday or a Saturday, so we would not have to worry about classes the next day.

Assumption College has a small campus, so getting around from building to building would not be much of a hassle. This could be useful to students who are not familiar with the campus. They can explore areas such as Dufault and Authier Hall (“The Valley”) and South, West and Plough Hall. Or, students could even stay in their buildings and trick or treat from door to door.

This is a great way to spend some quality time with friends. I think everyone needs some down time from stressing about what paper is due next, or what test to study for. It is beneficial to our overall mental health to give ourselves some time off from all of our daily responsibilities. I think that trick-or-treating should be allowed on campus because it offers a chance to relieve some of the stress from school, spend time with good friends while making new friends and getting free candy.

Iva Juka, a junior, studies English and Education. She is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.

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