Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

The Women’s Corner: Halloween is scary, but slut-shaming is even worse

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Tabitha Barr

Halloween is one of the top rated holidays of the year in the United States. It’s a night full of excitement, scares and more. A night where anyone can dress up like anything they want, however they want.

But for women, it’s just another chance for us to get slut-shamed.

There is this tweet that I was sent recently from Collegian Social Media Editor, Emily Fehrman, that said, “‘You’re using Halloween as an excuse to dress like a slut.’ First of all, I don’t need an excuse.” When I read this, the first thing that came to my head was “EXACTLY!”

Halloween is a night where women can dress like whoever and whatever they want and they should be able to do that without judgment from others. If a girl wants to dress sexy or show a little more skin than normal, let her go for it. I love seeing girls show their confidence through Halloween costumes.

Just because a girl is dressing a certain way, does not give you the right to judge her. I grew up being taught that it’s not right to judge because it’s not my place. But now that I’m older, I realize how much the people around me judge by first look. I think judging a person is somehow ingrained in our brains no matter how hard we try to ignore it.

When it comes to the way a girl dresses, whether it be just a regular day, or the night of Halloween, I encourage you to let her live her life without slut-shaming her or her outfit. If she wants to flaunt what she has in a way that for some reason makes you “uncomfortable”, look away. But her body should not make you uncomfortable because it isn’t your concern. She is dressing how she wants to dress, and if she feels confident, that is all that should matter.

Halloween has no rules, nor should it have any. It is a holiday that promotes dressing the way you want and that should be honored and loved. So empower the women around you this Halloween and have fun knowing that you’re letting her be who she wants to be.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying media communications and production

Students investigate the supernatural

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

By Merissa Anderson

Collegian Editor

October is prime time for an onslaught of various ghosts and ghouls and Montana Thompson and Trae Jackson have taken it upon themselves to investigate some of the places rumored to be the most haunted in Kansas.

Jackson attended Hutchinson Community College last semester before transferring to K-State but still returns to HutchCC often to hang-out with her close friend, Thompson, who is currently a second year Fire Science student here at HutchCC.

The pair begin their adventures by looking online for places that are said to be haunted.

For their first adventure, they chose a children’s cemetery just outside of Burlington.

“There was a bus crash with kids and a man and they all died,” Jackson said. “You can’t have any electronics and you sit there at night and wait a few minutes and rumors say that man will thump on your car to get you to leave and you’ll see the hand prints of the children on your car.”

Thompson then jumped in to finish the story of their paranormal experience.

“We didn’t listen when he thumped on the car,” Thompson said. “30 seconds it was like a tree smashed on top of our car so we got out of there and when we got back into town and there were fingerprints on car everywhere.”

Despite the warnings to not use electronics in the cemetery, they took their chances and posted their ordeal on snapchat as it happened.

They saved the videos but were deleted from their camera roll the next day.

Although their first haunted experience was frightening for them, they continued their search through the state.

“We went to the Devil’s Church which is a stone building that burned down with a pentagram on the floor when you walk in,” Thompson said.

“We walk up there in the middle of the day and it was creepy and weird but we didn’t hear anything while we were recording but it felt like someone was following you,” Jackson said. “We went back through the video and something says ‘children’ and it’s a devilish, weird voice. I won’t go back.”

In addition to the ghostly voice found in their recording of the church, they also called a friend while investigating the area.

A few days after the phone call with their friend, he came to them claiming the he too was hearing a disembodied laughter seemingly from a child in his kitchen.

“Since he was on the phone with us while we were hunting ghosts, they went to him too,” Thompson said.

Despite their frightening experiences, Thompson and Jackson aren’t afraid of any harm that may come from their ghost hunting.

“We don’t mess with them super crazy and we’re friendly and hang out with them,” Thompson said.

The two encourage students to also pursue ghost hunting for fun.

“We just go to be scared out of our pants,” Jackson said.

“Yeah, we go for the experience and then we run away,” Thompson said.

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Their next adventure will be the Hutchinson Public Library where the ghost of Ida Day, a librarian back in 1901, still haunts the basement to this day.October is prime time for an onslaught of various ghosts and ghouls and Montana Thompson and Trae Jackson have taken it upon themselves to investigate some of the places rumored to be the most haunted in Kansas.
Jackson attended Hutchinson Community College last semester before transferring to K-State but still returns to HutchCC often to hang-out with her close friend, Thompson, who is currently a second year Fire Science student here at HutchCC.
The pair begin their adventures by looking online for places that are said to be haunted.
For their first adventure, they chose a children’s cemetery just outside of Burlington.
“There was a bus crash with kids and a man and they all died,” Jackson said. “You can’t have any electronics and you sit there at night and wait a few minutes and rumors say that man will thump on your car to get you to leave and you’ll see the hand prints of the children on your car.”
Thompson then jumped in to finish the story of their paranormal experience.
“We didn’t listen when he thumped on the car,” Thompson said. “30 seconds it was like a tree smashed on top of our car so we got out of there and when we got back into town and there were fingerprints on car everywhere.”
Despite the warnings to not use electronics in the cemetery, they took their chances and posted their ordeal on snapchat as it happened.
They saved the videos but were deleted from their camera roll the next day.
Although their first haunted experience was frightening for them, they continued their search through the state.
“We went to the Devil’s Church which is a stone building that burned down with a pentagram on the floor when you walk in,” Thompson said.
“We walk up there in the middle of the day and it was creepy and weird but we didn’t hear anything while we were recording but it felt like someone was following you,” Jackson said. “We went back through the video and something says ‘children’ and it’s a devilish, weird voice. I won’t go back.”
In addition to the ghostly voice found in their recording of the church, they also called a friend while investigating the area.
A few days after the phone call with their friend, he came to them claiming the he too was hearing a disembodied laughter seemingly from a child in his kitchen.
“Since he was on the phone with us while we were hunting ghosts, they went to him too,” Thompson said.
Despite their frightening experiences, Thompson and Jackson aren’t afraid of any harm that may come from their ghost hunting.
“We don’t mess with them super crazy and we’re friendly and hang out with them,” Thompson said.
The two encourage students to also pursue ghost hunting for fun.
“We just go to be scared out of our pants,” Jackson said.
“Yeah, we go for the experience and then we run away,” Thompson said.
Their next adventure will be the Hutchinson Public Library where the ghost of Ida Day, a librarian back in 1901, still haunts the basement to this day.

Editorial: Age shouldn’t be a problem for trick-or-treaters

Friday, October 20th, 2017

A popular issue that has never been solved is the controversy surrounding the proper trick-or-treating age.

It is common that adults turn away most teenagers and adults. How old is too old though? If teenagers are asking for candy rather than drinking, smoking, or doing other disapproving things, then shouldn’t adults encourage them to go trick-or-treating?

There are also some exceptions for adults and exchange students going door-to-door asking for candy.
What if the adult is mentally handicapped or a foreign exchange student that has a once in a lifetime opportunity to partake in the thrilling American tradition?

If the issue is running out of candy, then the teenager would most likely understand that the children could receive the candy instead. It is the owner’s right to give to whoever they want, so the trick-or-treater should also respect the wishes of the candy giver. There are always more houses to go to.

Halloween is supposed to be fun and exciting, so why are people judgmental about who gets involved in the holiday? It should be about the experiences, not the personal issues? It isn’t a matter of life or death.

Why Halloween is my favorite holiday

Friday, October 20th, 2017

By Jack Greenwood
Staff writer

It’s that time of year again! A time where witches, vampires, werewolves and zombies roam the streets. A time to get lost in a corn maze, make jack-o’-lanterns and watch “Hocus Pocus”.

It’s a time to be free. Which is why I am here to say that Halloween is the best holiday.

I’m sure there are many Christmas and Thanksgiving enthusiasts out there who would be appalled to hear that line. But hear me out. I have several reasons Halloween is the best.

First of all, as I said, it’s a time to be free. People can dress as their favorite heroes or monsters and be as daring as they want. There is no pressure to look or act a certain way. Wear as crazy of a costume as you want. For me, that freedom also means getting to be someone else. When I was younger, I remember dressing up as Superman and feeling like I could conquer the world. It’s a day when people don’t have to be themselves, and be someone that makes them feel invincible.

Second, Halloween has no obligations. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is required of most people to travel and visit relatives. If you’re like me, that means being trapped with relatives that don’t believe you’re living the life you need just because you listen to Lady Gaga instead of Frank Sinatra, or (heaven forbid) politics get brought up, and your elderly family wants to know who you voted for and why. But Halloween isn’t like that. Halloween is a celebration based on the old pagan holiday, All Hallows Eve, when the dead can revisit the living world. But let’s face it, Halloween is a lot of fun.

All the fun haunted houses, monster makeup, and “thriller” flash mobs make this holiday one of the most diverse in terms of traditions and one of the most enjoyable. It’s hard not to find something you love in terms of the fall and Halloween atmosphere.

Finally, the spooky atmosphere is addicting. Who doesn’t get goose bumps when seeing velvet spider decorations or hear the howl of a wolfman? Who doesn’t get excited at the thought of walking through a tall corn maze, or an elaborate haunted house? All these and so many more give me a real adrenaline high and excitement that makes the 364-day wait well worth it. The idea that ghosts will be wandering our streets orwitches flying through our skies gives me the best kind of shivers.

In conclusion, Halloween is about so much more than the pumpkin spice latte or the buckets full of candy (although I love both of those things). Halloween gives freedom for all and a spooky sensation that just can’t be matched. So you can keep your Christmas trees and Thanksgiving turkeys. I’ll be more than happy with everything that makes Halloween my favorite holiday.