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I don’t see any previous question about partying, but I will answer this now!
This weekend is the Spooky Party for Halloween. This weekend is full of parties and Halloween festivities. Each week there is a house party, which is a space to dance and listen to good music. Sometimes people have gatherings in their rooms, too. Both are obviously different dynamics, and they are both enjoyable. This weekend there will be plenty of both. Gatherings/parties in these next few days include Spookananny (Halloween activities today), Spooky Show (a concert in one of the houses), a student’s improv show, Spooky Party, Death by Chocolate (party), and basketball and swimming clubs (not Halloween-specific).
So, yes, there are plenty of parties and activities in general. I can’t wait to try to go to as many as possible.
-Kate D. ‘14
Hey! I’m so glad that you asked this question because we’re having our HALLOWEEN PARTY TONIGHT! There are a couple of key events that happen on Halloween…
1. My house Swan throws the annual “Swalloween” party. We have a new theme every year but as you can imagine it always relates back to dead things, guts, spooky characters…etc.
2. Fun Food night at the dining hall. The dining hall cooks up a whole bunch of yummy treats…historically our meal includes mini corn dogs, apple cider donuts, cotton candy, hot wings, BINS OF CANDY, and more. They also always decorate the dining hall with cob webs, creepy ghosts, and a fog machine.
3. This year a group of students took part in reverse trick or treating, so basically they just walked around campus handing out candy.
4. Also new this year we’re having a fall festival on campus with live bands, pumpkin carving, student vendors, hay rides (in a shopping cart), and a local pizza shop is coming to campus to hand out free samples.
Swan residents preparing for SWALLOWEEEENNNN two years ago…
Posters we made for SWALLLOOWWEEEEEENNN this year.
We also put up in a little reminder in the windows of the dining hall.
Hope all this helps!
Briee Della Roca, who takes photos for Bennington’s gorgeous flickr account, came to my house’s coffee hour this past Sunday and took some amazing photos.
Coffee Hour is one of my favorite things about Bennington. It’s a time every Sunday at 10 (or 11, depending on what your house has agreed upon) when everyone in the house gathers in the common room and hangs out, talks, hears campus announcements, and generally has a good time. Usually there is a theme, and two people are signed up to make food and design the theme.
This Sunday’s, in honor of Halloween, was Monsters vs. Animals. The food was homemade pumpkin pies, cider, and sugar cookies shaped like pumpkins. After we ate, talked, and went over house announcements, we split into teams and had a pumpkin carving contest.
-India K, ‘12
Our common room is a bit dirtier today than it was when I took this picture last week, but it is a beautiful common space dirty and clean. Every house has a kitchen and common room, and many have fireplaces (which is so lovely when it snows).
On Sunday nights, each house has “coffee hour,” which is a house meeting to go over announcements, house issues, and our house usually has an activity, too.
Great question. We are very excited about Halloween here. Tomorrow night, there is a pumpkin carving activity (which you can then submit into a judged competition) with music and treats. At the gym, there is a rock-climbing activity with candy prizes tomorrow night, as well.
Finally, there is a Halloween party on Friday night and some other small celebrations around campus, AND a haunted house on Saturday night. Very exciting!
Just wait ‘til Monday when there are photos afoot