By: Bennett Wisner and Mike Harris
Almost every student around Loyola participated in Halloween activities this “Halloweekend”. Students’ costumes ranged from being unique to hilarious, with some strange, but overall terrific. Students had several ways of preparing, utilizing a variety of thought processes when deciding what to wear. Common deciding factors amongst students included convenience, price and accessibility. All things considered, all students still did a great job with what they had.
Jeleel Yussuf (holding Dave), a junior at Loyola, dressed as a gardener, while fellow classmate and friend, Dave McShane (being held by Jeleel), dressed as the Notorious B.I.G (rapper Biggie Smalls). When asked about why chose his costume, Yussuf said, “I wasn’t looking for something too flashy, but something classy. I had the appropriate clothing to make a quick and easy costume, so I just went with what I had.” McShane said, “Biggie has always been my favorite rap artist, plus it was just easier to put together a simple costume rather than go out and buy something that I will only wear once.”
Like Yussuf and McShane, juniors Nick Rolle (left) and Chris Tiffin (right) also took a simple approach to their costumes. Rolle dressed as Justin Bieber, and Tiffin took on the role of a tennis pro. Rolle said, “I am a big Bieber fan, one might say a ‘Belieber’.” He added, “Getting a hold of some ripped up skinny jeans was difficult, but worth it. Don’t stop ‘beliebing’.” When asked about his costume choice, Tiffin said, “I just like tennis.” However, he did dress up as a patriotic roller-blader on Friday night as displayed on his Instagram below.
Lastly, the sophomore residents of Campion, Bridget Morrissey, Casey Nolan, Annalee Flaherty (pictured below), dressed as two UFC fighters, and the Cookie Monster. When asked about their costumes, Nolan and Morrissey agreed that the outfits were, “nothing over-the-top, but simple and we thought the idea was cute.” Flaherty’s approach was just as simple, saying, “I love cookies, and I have a Cookie Monster backpack from a few years ago, so I just kind of went with it.”
The costumes donned by students were inspired by Halloween-themed events on campus all over Baltimore. Whether it was a costume party on campus, or a haunted event downtown, Loyola put on a show . This year in particular seemed to be more focused on fun, socializing and good times rather than what it used to be when we were kids, like candy, being scared until we cried and praying to God that that “one guy” didn’t put fruit in our candy bags.