Three Little Pumpkins

2023年10月26日 Charis Ochu, Landry French, Madison Lewis

Enjoy three different approaches to 万圣节 by the Marketing Department’s Student Workers:

A Superstitious Approach, by Charis Ochu

I grew up in a Nigerian home 万圣节在哪里? perceived as a festivity with witchcraft connotations. We also have so many superstitious beliefs that I find to be very amusing now.

A black cat with a pumpkin. One of these superstitions is that black 猫 are human witches that transformed into 猫. When I was younger, I fully believed 这 without any doubt. Whenever a black cat passed 我们家的屋顶, I would start praying 因为我觉得 这 was a witch out to get me. 我意识到这点 听起来很傻! 你可以想象我妈妈很震惊 当我年轻的时候r sister adopted a black cat.

As a result of my background, I never really celebrated 万圣节 back home. Moving here, I realized 大多数 people view 万圣节 as a time of the year to play dress up with friends 和所爱的人. 我最喜欢的 万圣节 tradition is dressing 舒适地 and watching a scary movie or two with friends. Sometimes, we dress up and have impromptu图片. I wish I had more funny escapades, but that is all for now. 

A Tactical Approach, by Landry French

As a child, my 万圣节 experience was about making trick-or-treating as efficient as possible. 和我妈妈在一起, my siblings and I drove from neighborhood to neighborhood, visiting as many houses as we could in a short time frame. After leaving our neighborhood, the first stop would be the “rich neighborhoods” in town since they give out more and better candy than everyone else. From there, we would go by density (going to the neighborhoods with the 大多数 houses).

一堆糖果.When the porch lights turned off, we returned home and unpacked our spoils. Since I did not like nuts or peanut butter, I would trade those candies for Dots or Laffy Taffy. We would be so efficient that each of us kids would have enough candy to last until Christmas. After trick-or-treating, I would finish the night by watching 万圣节 specials and eating candy before bed.  

As a college student, I find myself rather busy but still able to attend some parties here and there. I appreciate the excellent food and good company (but 大多数ly the food). I still enjoy the childlike joy I can have 这 time of year, seeing different costumes and occasionally dressing up myself. I wish I could go trick-or-treating as I did as a kid, but I make up for it by preparing treats like sugar cookies and getting discounted candy from the store in the days after 万圣节. 即使作为一个成年人, 虽然, I still love to kick back and watch 万圣节 specials and eat some candy when the time comes. (Not scary movies, 虽然. Ask Charis for recommendations.)

A Traditional Approach, by Madison Lewis

Growing up in a Christian household, 万圣节 was not our family’s favorite holiday to celebrate. That, of course, does not mean we didn’t have fun. We all love to dress up, whether for a school project, event, or in 这 case, 万圣节. I remember going to my church’s Fall Festival for many years. Some years, we did go trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. I’ll never forget when I dressed up in a disco outfit about fourth or fifth grade and went trick-or-treating with a friend the same age. I wore tall boots and sunglasses, which I guess made me look older because the lady at the door gave my friend candy but not me, thinking I was a parent or some older sibling accompanying her! I soon realized just how quickly I was growing up. 

Madison dressed as "Taco Belle."

Madison dressed as “Taco Belle.”

直到今天, I still enjoy dressing up for college 万圣节 events or church activities (we like to call it the Reformation Day Celebration instead), usually dressing up in some silly or punny costume.  

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