Onward Debate: Should You Wear a Gameday Costume?
Halloween presents its own set of challenges, like finding the right outfit and trying to stay warm at the same time. But this year, the day after the costumed holiday will pose another problem. One of the most pressing questions students will have to ask on Saturday morning is: Should I wear my Halloween costume to Beaver Stadium? Two of our writers offer their opinions.
Get Dressed Up! — Doug Dooling, Jr.:
Wear your costume to Beaver Stadium!
Is November 1 too late to celebrate Halloween? Of course not. It’s called Halloweekend, and you have three days to celebrate the spookiest time of the year.
Halloween and Beaver Stadium have gone together for as long as I can remember. The Nittany Lion has repeatedly dressed as Michael Jackson, dancing to “Thriller” with the Lionettes.
If you want to be featured on the new scoreboards, wearing a costume is one of the best ways to become the center of attention. This will drive you and everyone else in your section into a frenzy. And if the crowd cheers loud enough, your costume can become a fixture at the stadium, like the Halo Master Chief, Star Wars Stormtrooper, or the Penn State Colonial.
Keep The Costume At Home — Melissa McCleery:
Let me make something clear: Halloween is a holiday. It is one day. That day is October 31. This weekend’s football game is November 1. That day is not Halloween.
Don’t get me wrong, I respect everyone’s enthusiasm to go all out for Halloween, but I just don’t think the football game is the place to do it. Sure, it’s fun to be shown on the big screen in your costume, but I think that distracts from the focus on the team and the game.
You’ll have had your weekend of dressing up and getting drunk. Don’t you think it might be time to break out the blue and white again?
If you love Halloween and just can’t pass up another chance to wear your costume, go for it, I guess. For the love of all that’s holy, at least incorporate some blue and white into your outfit. But trust me, there will be some pissed off football fans behind you if your day-old, past-the-holiday hot dog suit or witch’s hat blocks our view of the field.