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OS Investigates: When Is Halloweekend This Year?

‘Twas the week before Halloween
And all through Penn State
Not a student knew when to dress up
Worries still won’t abate

Although celebrated all over the world, Halloweekend is especially near and dear to Penn Staters. Something about the landscape of State College, the nature of our parties, and our dedication to ridiculous things gives the holiday an extra edge around here. So suffice it to say everyone is freaking out right now.

The final THON canning trip of the year is scheduled for this weekend, October 28-30. Halloween is the following Monday. According to our calculations, that doesn’t quite work out — we typically celebrate Halloweekend whichever weekend falls closest to the 31. With so many people out-of-town (but thousands still staying) what do we do now?

As most folks in Greek life are already aware, Panhel unofficially decided it would be best to push back official Halloween parties to the first week of November. This doesn’t mean sorority women can’t go out this weekend, but they’re encouraged to dress up the following weekend instead.

Sure, there are tons of people involved with Greek life, THON, and both, but there are also people involved with neither. On top of that, not every person in every org will go canning this weekend.

Our Very Serious Twitter Poll indicates Penn Staters want us a school that can do both:

Onward State agrees. It’s a general consensus that this year has been offensively horrendous. Between this nightmarish election season, too many legendary musicians and gorillas dying, and killer clowns, we totally deserve two Halloweekends. Spirits are already high in Happy Valley from last weekend’s upset over Ohio State and not much seems impossible anymore.

It just wouldn’t feel right to wait until November to celebrate Halloween. Still, it won’t be as fun if so many people aren’t here — and no one should have to feel left out while canning FTK. Let’s agree on two things this year: Halloween is both weekends, and no one should dress up as a clown.

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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected].

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