Halloween traditions

By Liz Lavin
October 27, 2006

Halloween is every child’s dream-one night to stay out late, dress up and have all the candy you want. Some people carry on this tradition until they have children of their own but this is not always the case at Cabrini College.

“Your traditions change when your environment changes,” Kara Schneider, sophomore English and communication major, said. “I still try to dress up every year, but it gets hard when you’re away from home.”

Many students try to continue their family traditions of going to an orchard to pick pumpkins and apples, carving pumpkins, going on a hayride and decorating their houses or dorm rooms.

“My family used to pick and carve pumpkins every year and my mom would cook the pumpkin seeds,” Phil Nicolo, senior sociology and criminal justice major, said.

Younger siblings always help college students keep up their old traditions. Corinne Szymczak, junior English secondary education major, takes her little sister out trick-or-treating every year.

“My dad puts a graveyard in our front yard every year. He makes tombstones for Dracula and Frankenstein and all of those characters and then he makes a tombstone with a little saying on it for everyone in my family,” Francine Clement, junior exercise science and health promotion major, said.

Fortunately, for those of you who find it hard to keep up the old traditions, Cabrini offers a variety of events that may become your new Halloween traditions.

Freak Week, which started Thursday, Oct. 19 and ended Wednesday Oct. 25, is a week filled with events run by the campus activities and programming board.

This year, Freak Week offered events such as a Halloween dance, a trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary, a Halloween movie marathon, pumpkin carving and painting, a comedian and a murder mystery dinner. WYBF 89FM.1 “The Burn,” Cabrini’s radio station, also hosted a scavenger hunt around campus on Oct. 24.

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