Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Halloween Costumes: the End of the Innocence?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

"Sad USC Girl" would've been so easy!

Stanford, it seems, is losing its rally spirit.  Today I sat forlornly in the corner of CS107 lecture, the lone froggy in a sea of normally-dressed people, looking hopefully to the doors, awaiting a fellow spirited student.  No such individual arrived.  The outside world was no better, and by the time I went to lunch I felt foolish for even bothering.  While, as a friend of mine stated, “you always dress like this!” the point remains: on the one day a year when bizarre dress is encouraged, Stanford, lead university of the unorthodox, has failed to deliver.

Is rally dead?  I wondered.  Maybe I’ve got blinders on because, as a tour guide, 1.5 of my dorm room drawers are devoted to sequined, spandex, fluffy, feathered articles of clothing with no immediately obvious application.  Maybe I’m unique in my possession of bizarre regalia.  But still!  I thought.  No one tried?

Then it dawned on me: people probably aren’t wearing their costumes because they’re too inappropriate.

Sad as it is, ever since the advent of the Mean Girls generated formula of (lingerie + animal ears = costume), the selection of commercially available costumes for females has devolved into an endless stream of “Slutty _______” (fill in the blank with arbitrary occupation, animal, fictitious character, kitchen appliance, etc.).  When the tamest costume I found at the Halloween superstore last year was “Sexy Dorothy,” complete with 4 inch skirt and hooker heels, I knew something was rotten in the state of Denmark.

Sure, whatever, I understand that costume propriety is a function of rapidly deteriorating pop culture, and I get that maybe passing Halloween off as “Slut for a Day” might be construed as somehow liberating of societal norms.  But girls, we go to Stanford.  We know better.

Significantly more appropriate than most of what I saw on Friday.

It’s saddening to me because Stanford women are the lucky few.  While women in many nations and situations are confined to specific roles and ways of life based on their gender, we have the opportunity to become leaders of our generation, blasting through glass ceilings and shattering misconceptions about construing women as sex objects.  That is, until Halloween, when an endless stream of scantily-clad women parades down Palm Drive to Mausoleum like so many pieces of meat.

To me, it boils down to a matter of self respect.  When you look at your outfit, if you’re showing more cleavage than creativity, you’re doing a disservice to your intelligence and worth as an individual.  Stanford women are brilliant, motivated, and stereotype-busting role models to younger girls.  Don’t allow yourself to fall back into that stereotype for an evening just because it’s easy.

I’ll conclude with a piece of advice I gleaned from a good friend which is particularly applicable for Halloween.  “Always be yourself.  Unless you can be Batman.  Then definitely be Batman.”

Happy Halloween and goooooo Cardinal!!


Struggle City, Population: You

Friday, October 28th, 2011

It’s midterm season on the Farm (then again, when is it not midterm season around here?). I’ve noticed that people are dragging lately, looking more than a little bit pale and sleep deprived. The awkward silence in my history section this week would have been maddening, but I was too exhausted to realize it. Long story short, we’re all on struggle. Whether you boarded the struggle bus a week ago with no end in sight or you haven’t even started your midterms yet, you should take a break this weekend to take part in the great events around campus. Hopefully you’ll regain some of your sanity in the process…

From noon to 1pm tomorrow, White Plaza officially becomes Black Plaza. The Black Community Services Center is co-hosting this annual event. Swing by to get your free Popeyes and t-shirt!

If you haven’t decided what Disney character to ruin forever this Halloween, the Sustainable Fashion Collective and Union Underground are hosting a costume making workshop from 2:15 to 3:30pm on Friday in the Old Union basement. If you’re creative enough, you might just take the grand prize at the Mausoleum 2011 costume contest. Catch the bus from Escondido or Tresidder starting at 9:45PM to get to the annual spooktacular party (see what I did there?).

Film fans will be pleased with a couple of events taking place this Friday. To launch the “7 Days of Cin” student film festival, Stanford Film Society is hosting a screening of Sundance acclaimed movie Like Crazy in Cubberly at 5pm. Secondly, documentarian Michael Moore, known for Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Capitalism: A Love Story, amongst many others, is speaking tomorrow at the business school’s CEMEX Auditorium at 8pm. If there are any tickets left, you’ll find them at noon in White Plaza. (more…)

Tricks? Nah. TREATS!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Impatient for Halloween? Think that ghosts, costumes, and parties are so incredibly secondary compared to candy and delicious food? Want to get ahead of the game and start celebrating NOW? Then raid the nearest Safeway, Walmart, dorm kitchenette, or friend’s mini-fridge and get ready to bake some delicious Halloween treats! You will be the talk of the campus, the love of your dormmates, and the envy of all Palo Alto. I promise. All you need to do is follow these wonderful recipes we have provided for your delightful consumption:

Daddy Long Leg Cupcakes

• Chocolate cupcake (body)
• Canned chocolate icing
• Chocolate sprinkles (hair)
• 2 pieces of eye-type candy (we used Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts)
• Clean scissors
• Ruler
• 1 package of black string lace licorice (legs)