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Halloween-themed events for MSU students

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Halloween-themed events for MSU students


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What seems to be every college student’s favorite holiday is quickly approaching as October comes to an end. Halloween-themed events will be happening all around campus and in the Greater Lansing area to get students in the spirit of the candy-centered and spooky celebration.

The Michigan State University Activities Board will be hosting Paint-A-Pumpkin on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7-9 p.m. MSU students are allowed to bring one guest. The event will be held at the Union. Mark Velez, University Activities Board director, said “this event has been extremely successful in the past and yields higher attendance rates than most craft nights.”

The Michigan State University Theatre Department will put on their seventh annual Haunted Aud: “The Underworld.” The event will take place in the auditorium building on the corner of Auditorium Road and Farm Lane on Thursday, Oct. 29; Friday, Oct. 30; and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. All proceeds benefit student organizations. Tickets are $15 per person and you can buy them at the door.

The University Activities Board will also host a “Spooktacular” movie event in the B-wing of Wells Hall from 8-11:45 p.m. on Oct. 30. A costume contest will be held for those dressed in their costumes. There will be games, apple cider, donuts, cookies and candies from all over the world. They will be showing “The Shining” at 9 p.m. in room B115 and “Halloweentown” will play at 9 p.m. in room B117. MSU students get in free and are allowed to bring one guest.

For more classic Halloween movies, check out Campus Center Cinemas on Oct. 31. They will be showing “Sleepy Hollow” at 7 p.m. and “Frankenstein” at 7:15 p.m. in the B-wing of Wells Hall.

Outside of campus, several other events are happening to get you geared up for Halloween.

The Greek community will have their annual Safe Halloween event on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6-7 p.m. Safe Halloween is a street carnival event that includes costume contests, trick-or-treating and games for free between Burcham and Elizabeth Street. A DJ will be playing music and local businesses will be at the event presenting free candy and food.

A Halloween bake sale and greeting card sale will be held in order to raise money for scholarships given to students participating in global medical outreach at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30. The sales will be held in East Lansing outside KRC Association Management and Mid-Michigan Orthopaedic Institute (DMC) lobby. The event is sponsored by the International Osteopathic Medicine Organization. For more information, click here.

According to Lansing City Pulse’s website, Bestmaze is hosting a 20-acre corn maze and a separate “Trail of Terror”, complete with fog, strobe lights, monsters and more from now until Nov. 1. It’s seven to ten dollars per person with group rates available at 3770 Noble Road in Williamston from Friday through Sunday.

The Boy Scout Troop 63 will put on a Haunted Firehouse on Oct. 29; Oct. 30; and Oct. 31 on 627 E. Grand River Ave. in Williamston. The admission is three dollars and all proceeds will benefit the troop.

The City of East Lansing’s annual Great Pumpkin Walk will be on Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m. More than 50 merchants in the downtown area will be passing out candy. Goers are encouraged to show up in full costume.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is hosting the ArachnoBROADia in conjunction with the Great Pumpkin Walk. See their newest exhibits, make crafts, eat snacks and play games. The MSU Bug House is also showcasing a learning session about their creepy crawlers.

Happy Halloween!

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Spartans on Spotify: Halloween Hits

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Spartans on Spotify: Halloween Hits


Halloween is here and The Big Green put together a few spooky tunes to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Don’t forget to follow us at TheBigGreenMSU on Spotify to keep up to date with our latest themed playlists. Happy Halloween!

Rene pumpkins1. Let the Bodies Hit the Floor – Activator

Activator threw a modern electronic spin on an old heavy metal song by Drowning Pool

2. Thriller – Michael Jackson

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to get down to some M.J. every once in awhile?

3. Disturbia – Rihanna

It might be one of the two songs on this playlist that are from this decade, but that doesn’t take away from the freaky nature of this hit song.

4. Superstition – Stevie Wonder

It’s almost impossible not to get the funk down to this popular Motown original.

5. Magic Dance – David Bowie

Whether you’ve seen The Labyrinth or not, there’s no denying that Bowie’s eccentricity and bizarreness embody the spirit of Halloween.

6. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr.

“Who you gonna call?”

7. Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

It might be cliché, but would it really be a Halloween playlist without this song?

8. Witch Doctor – David Seville

The childhood nostalgia is strong with this one.

9. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

There’s something in the melody of this song that has “eerie” written all over it.

10. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

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MSU ghost stories: fact or fiction?

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MSU ghost stories: fact or fiction?


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Mayo Hall. Photo via Live On.

Imagine you are walking across campus, and the sun is disappearing just over the skyline. It is a little chilly, but it’s a comfortable autumn evening. Though you are walking alone, you have no reason to be fearful of your surroundings. Everyone you pass gives a quick glance and an innocent smile, before continuing on their way.

Turning the corner toward your dorm, you feel an icy breeze skim across your face and the pressure of a hand resting on your shoulder. You spin frantically to see who it may be, and to your surprise nobody’s there. Pushing your hands deep into your coat pockets, you shrug it off and finish your trek home.

Though this was not any specific experience, it is similar to a few reported occurrences here at Michigan State University. Sami Schmidt, a senior education major, shared her experience with paranormal activity.

“The summer before my junior year, I was coming back from an early morning class. I was walking in between the Olin Health Center and Berkey Hall, headed toward Grand River. Just as I was about to pass through the open part of the small gate there, two hands were firmly placed on my back and I was shoved forward. Catching myself before hitting the ground, I turned around expecting to see a friendly face of someone I knew who could have been giving the term ‘love tap’ a new meaning. However, when I looked back, no one was behind me. Thinking the hands might have been my imagination and I might have just tripped, I searched the ground for lifted sidewalk cracks, or anything that would have given me an explanation, but I found nothing,” said Schmidt.

MSU students have reported many different instances of paranormal or supernatural activity over the years. Most of these reports have been made regarding the residence halls. The place most commonly known for reported hauntings on MSU’s campus is Mayo Hall. The hall was named after Mary Mayo, a strong advocate of collegiate education for women. This building was not built until almost 30 years after her death.

The hall contains a portrait of Mayo and it is reported that anywhere you stand in the room, her eyes will follow. It is also believed that her figure walks around the halls and that she is the player of the piano in Mayo Hall that performs after dark without the assistance of human hands. Mayo Hall has four floors, but the fourth floor has been sealed off due to a past of alleged Satanic rituals and a young woman’s suicide, but mostly asbestos. According to “A Haunted Tour of MSU”, it has a room that is referred to as the “red room.” At times, unexplained lights and figures can be seen through the windows from outside.

(Left to Right: Daniel Mueller, Junior; Jared Gajos, Junior; Joshua Schnell, Senior; Photo via Morgan Smith)

(Left to Right: Daniel Mueller, Junior; Jared Gajos, Junior; Joshua Schnell, Senior; Photo via Morgan Smith)

MSU Paranormal Society President Jared Gajos and a couple of his officers, Daniel Mueller and former president Joshua Schnell, took turns recounting their investigation experiences, as well as stories from MSU’s past.

Recently, the society investigated the auditorium, which they said is one of the most haunted buildings on campus. It is well known for having the presence of a small boy who laughs and wanders the seats of the auditorium. Gajos and his society members were only given permission to investigate outside the main room within the halls and the basement.

“We were descending the stairs out of the projector room and we kept hearing noises and saw lights flickering on and off where there was no one,” Gajos recalled.

“That was one of the first real investigations we got to do on campus, because the downfall to most of the reports are that they’re from residence halls, where we don’t have permission to be due to noise pollution and access problems,” said Schnell, an MSU senior and fourth year society member.

Another incident that still remains unexplained took place at Yakeley-Gilchrist Halls in the summer of 1995. A student was sitting in her room, when all of a sudden her door slammed shut. She tried as much as she could to open it, but it wouldn’t budge. The door started to shake, and she ended up calling the police. They arrived at the girl’s dorm, but had to call the fire department after not making any progress with the situation. Neither department could open the door and were able to see that it was shaking violently. When they had eventually decided to bust down the door, it all stopped and the door opened on its own.

As mentioned in “Exhibit – Legends and Myths surrounding the MSU Campus”, Gajos also stated that Beaumont Tower and the Beal Botanical Gardens are said to have instances of figures and the ominous feeling of a presence.

The MSU Paranormal Society is not more than 10 years old and has continued on through the years, growing from about 10 people to now an average of 40 members. They meet every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of Bessey Hall. They encourage anyone to join, whether you believe in the paranormal world or not.

“Our main idea is to investigate and find reasons,” said Gajos. “ … and we want anyone who has a curiosity for the Paranormal Society, even if it’s only to see what we are all about.”

If there is any interest in contacting or joining the MSU Paranormal Society, more information can be found here.

 

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15 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

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15 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas


Have midterms, exams and projects kept you busy this semester? Are you too lazy to think of what you want to be for Halloween this year? If you plan on dressing up for Halloween, but you have not thought about what you want to be this year, then this is your guide to an easy, last minute Halloween costume idea!

Many students lack spending money, which isn’t always fun. The good thing about these costume ideas is that you won’t have to break the bank! You can use some of the clothes that you already have in your closet to recreate these costumes.

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  1. A Pig in a Blanket

The great thing about this costume is that you get to stay warm in a blanket.

What you’ll need:

  • A pink shirt
  •  Pig ears and a pig nose
  • A blanket
  1. Tom Cruise in “Risky Business

You don’t even have to worry about wearing pants for this costume.

What you’ll need:

  • A button-down shirt
  • A pair of underwear or spandex
  • A pair of knee high socks
  • A pair of sunglasses
  1. Mummy

Don’t be afraid to go crazy with the gauze!

What you’ll need:

  • A white dress, or a white shirt with white pants
  • Gauze
  • Eyeshadow to create a mummy face
  1. Lumberjack/Lumberjane

Everyone has a flannel or knows someone who does. Extra points if you have a beard.

What you’ll need:

  • A flannel
  • A pair of jeans
  • A pair of boots
  1. Scarecrow

This costume should be a “no brainer” to put together.

What you’ll need:

  • A flannel
  • A pair of khakis
  • Any pair of shoes
  • Makeup to create a scarecrow face
  1. Mr. Steal Your Girl/Mrs. Steal Your Man/Robber

The only thing you should be stealing is Halloween candy.

What you’ll need:

  • A black and white stripped shirt
  • A pair of black pants
  • A pair of black shoes
  • A black bandana (with holes cut out for your eyes)
  1. The cast of Scooby Doo

Get the gang together and recreate these classic ‘70s characters.

Fred – What you’ll need:

  • A white crewneck
  • A blue collared shirt
  • A pair of jeans
  • A pair of brown shoes
  • A blond wig (optional)

Shaggy – What you’ll need:

  • A green shirt
  • A pair of brown pants
  • A pair of brown shoes
  • A brown long-haired wig (optional)

Daphne – What you’ll need:

  • A purple dress
  • A pair of tights (optional)
  • A pair of purple shoes
  • A green scarf
  • A purple headband
  • A red wig (optional)

Velma – What you’ll need:

  • An orange turtleneck
  • A red skirt
  • A pair of orange knee high socks
  • A pair of red shoes
  • A short bob wig with bangs (optional)
  • A pair of glasses

Scooby Doo – What you’ll need:

  • All brown clothing
  • A pair of black shoes
  • A blue choker necklace (for Scooby’s collar)
  1.  Lilo and Stitch

Hopefully Pudge keeps the weather warm enough to wear these Hawaiian characters.

Lilo – What you’ll need:

  • A red t-shirt dress or a red oversized t-shirt
  • A leaf stencil, white paper or paint to create the leaves on Lilo’s dress (optional)
  • A pair of flip flops
  • A lei (optional)

or

  • A red crop top
  • A green skirt
  • Hula leaves (for the skirt and the leaf cuffs)

Stitch – What you’ll need:

  • All blue clothing
  • Blue ears
  1. Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl here, it seems that S and B are the “it” girls for this year’s Halloween. You know you love me. Xoxo, Gossip Girl.

Serena – What you’ll need:

  • A white button-down shirt
  • A school-girl skirt
  • A pair of knee high socks
  • A tie
  • A pair of heels
  • A blonde wig (optional)

Blair – What you’ll need:

  • A white button-down shirt
  • A school-girl skirt
  • A pair of knee high socks
  • A tie
  • A pair of heels
  • A brown wig (optional)
  • A headband
  1. Women with bunny ears emoji

This costume is perfect for twins!

What you’ll need:

  • A black leotard
  • A pair of tights
  • A pair of black flats
  • Bunny ears
  1. Netflix and Chill

Halloween and chill?

What you’ll need:

  • A red shirt with “Netflix” written on it
  • A bag of ice, or a friend to wear a blue shirt with “chill” written on it
  1. Where’s Waldo?

Give someone the satisfaction of finding Waldo with this costume.

What you’ll need:

  • A red and white striped shirt
  • A red beanie
  • A pair of jeans
  • A pair of sneakers
  • A pair of circle-lensed glasses
  1. Safari Explorer

Bonus points if you carry a cat with a lion’s mane.

What you’ll need:

  • A pair of khaki pants
  • An army green button-down shirt
  • A pair of brown boots
  • A pair of binoculars (optional)
  • Fanny pack (optional)
  • A backpack (optional)
  1. Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games

Be the “girl on fire” in this Halloween costume.

What you’ll need:

  • A pair of army green or black pants
  • An army green or black shirt
  • An leather jacket
  • A pair of black or brown combat boots
  • Braiding skills
  1. “Zombify” last year’s Halloween costume

The only way this wouldn’t work is if you were a zombie for Halloween last year.

What you’ll need:

  • Last year’s outfit
  • Makeup to create the zombie look
  • Fake blood (optional)

Instead of waiting until the last-minute rush at the local Halloween stores, try going to a thrift store or Plato’s Closet to find items that you don’t own. Who knows? You might find awesome items to perfect your costume. If you don’t have the clothes needed for the costume, a close friend or a roommate might be nice enough to let you borrow some of their clothes, too.

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Movie Review: Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s not so terrifying tale

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Movie Review: Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s not so terrifying tale


I don’t like to be scared, but when Guillermo del Toro released a new horror movie, it was hard to resist going to see it.

Del Toro’s movies, such as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Pacific Rim”, are always beautiful to look at, fun to watch and usually very creative.

“Crimson Peak” looked like it might be a creepy look at horror films of the past, as the trailers did not show the modern tricks that cause jump scares. However, not having any expectations—other than the movie would be very pretty and well-designed—was good because the movie wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.

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The film follows up-and-coming writer Edith Cushing, who is played by Mia Wasikowska, of “Alice in Wonderland” fame. As viewers learn at the beginning of the film, which takes place in the early 1900s, Cushing can see ghosts. She tries to publish a manuscript containing a ghost story but is turned down by publishers because it is handwritten, and they can tell that it was written by a woman. The manuscript gets the attention of a man trying to get money to rebuild his clay mining operation: Sir Thomas Sharpe, played by Tom Hiddleston.

Eventually the two marry, despite Sharpe’s wicked-looking sister’s objections, and move to Sharpe’s decrepit English mansion, which lies on top of the scarlet clay mine. Once they move in, the ghosts start to appear and Cushing starts to feel sick; then the hunt for the truth begins.

From the very first frame of the film, del Toro’s skill as a set designer and visual director shine, as we see a coffin carried to the front of a giant and elaborate headstone. Throughout the movie, the designs of the ghosts—which look like opaque skeletons of varying colors, depending on where they were killed—and the house where the characters live are amazings spectacles. Many parts of the house have liquid clay running from the wall, and because the clay is red, it looks like blood. Everything about the house is unnerving yet alluring at the same time.

There is not a moment in the film where there isn’t something nice to look at in the scenery or sets. Del Toro does not shy away from the creepy visuals either, but that is just what the film is. It’s creepy, not scary.

The only point in the film that would be very scary comes in the first half of the movie, but once the characters move to the mansion, the ghosts turn into something very different than expected: messengers for what’s to come.

The characters in the film were very one dimensional. If viewers have seen a movie in the last 10 years, they could probably predict what each character was going to do next. Sharpe’s sister was onscreen for maybe four seconds before I felt I knew everything there was to know about her character. The same goes for many of the characters in the film. The two main characters, Cushing and Sharpe, go through minimal character development in the film, and it’s not enough to make them interesting beyond the fact that one of them is played by Hiddleston.

One of the big issues with this movie was outside the theatre. It was advertised as a horror movie, which misinformed the viewing public. “Crimson Peak” is a classic Gothic romance, which may be hard to swallow for the people who were influenced to buy a ticket because of the deceiving trailer.

The movie is creepy the entire run time, but there is not a big scare anywhere, which is something that the old Gothic romances do quite well. There is an excellent love story between Cushing and Sharpe. The film brought to mind several different stories and novels from the era of Edgar Allen Poe, though naming them could spoil the movie, so none will be named. Those looking for a straight-up horror movie will not be pleased with this one.

At the end of the day, “Crimson Peak” will probably be divisive if you go with a group of friends. Some of them will really like it, especially if they are fans of Gothic literature, some of them will hate it because they were expecting something scarier, and some will be left with mixed feelings.

If you want to catch this crimson tale, be sure you know what you want to get out of it. In the end, don’t go because you think it will be frightening—the visuals will thrill you, but the scares will not.

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Cultural appropriation on Halloween, and why it’s not okay

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Cultural appropriation on Halloween, and why it’s not okay


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Halloween is one of the few holidays that encourages participants to be someone or something other than themselves.

For one day a year it is socially acceptable to wear a mask and be whomever you want. It is tradition to buy costumes that will either make people scream from sheer terror or cry from uncontrollable laughter.

However, it does seem one specific trend in the October holiday is becoming more popular and is causing controversy.

The purchase of costumes that might be taken as offensive is becoming common with the young adults taking part in the festivities—especially people of college age.

“People want to try to get a quick laugh at a party but don’t realize how they make other people look or feel. It’s just rude,” said advertising junior Esther Okunrounmu.

This might be an issue that is stretching across many generations, but it seems college campuses are the epicenter for the outrage. Students are starting to see more people each year dressing up as members of other cultures in a very unflattering light.

Okunrounmu is African-American. She said that it’s “taking my culture and making it into a laughing stock.”

Costumes are causing these feelings across different spectrums of the community are those that play off the already common stereotypes that people already deal with regularly.

Outfits that have gotten the most attention include: the nerdy Asian, sexy geisha, howling Indian chief, pregnant nuns and inebriated Jesus’… to name a few.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before wearing a costume this Halloween:

Who am I representing with this costume?

Would I be willing to wear this costume around those types of people?

If your costume is meant to be funny, why exactly is it funny? Is it at the expense of others?

If you feel at all uneasy with any of your answers, maybe this is not the costume to be wearing on a college campus, especially one that is home to students from nearly 125 different nations around the world.

And if you find yourself feeling a bit limited this Halloween season, the front desk still gives out bed sheets that could make for a killer Spartan outfit.

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What to watch on Netflix: The Halloween Editon

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What to watch on Netflix: The Halloween Editon


NETFLIX HALLOWEEN

It’s that time of the year again! No, not Christmas—All Hallow’s Eve is here. Whether you’re spending it partying in a costume that took you hours to put together, handing out candy, or spending it on your couch, Netflix has a perfect selection of TV shows and movies. It’ll get you in the spirit… and maybe scared out of your pants.

TV Shows:

Supernatural

The Supernatural series follows brothers Dean and Sam Winchester as they travel across the country hunting demons, vampires and spirits. After one episode, you’ll be binge-watching the all nine seasons.

American Horror Story

The writers of this show are by far some of the most creative (and disturbed) individuals on the planet. Season one, “Murder House”, centers around a family who moves from across the country into a mysterious home. Little do they know, the house is a host for several ghosts who cannot rest in peace. Season two, “Asylum”, takes a different path than murder house. It is set in the 1960s in an insane asylum that is operated by a church. It sheds light on how cruelly mental patients were treated in the past.

Bates Motel

The 1960s film Pyscho, known most for its infamous shower scene, quickly became a cult classic. “Bates Motel” is a prequel to the movie franchise, but is set in modern day, and follows the infamous Norman Bates as a teenager.

Dexter

This series follows Dexter, who specializes in blood spatter at Miami Metro Homicide. By day he solves crime, but at night he’s the one committing them. He struggles with leading a normal life and goes to extremes to hide his true identity. When Dexter says that blood is his life, he isn’t kidding.

 

Movies:

If you don’t want to invest in a TV show, Netflix has a variety of scary movies. Some people don’t know that there’s sub-genres to the Horror section on Netflix. A couple include Cult Horror, Teen Screams, Slashers and Serial Killers, Horror Comedy, and even Halloween Favorites.

Scream 1, 2, and 3

The 1996 slasher film Scream changed the horror movie industry. It gained a large following and is considered a cult classic. Netflix currently streams the first three movies of the series. The ghost face mask is terrifying—but I won’t go into too many details about it. Horror movies thrive on the element of surprise.

Insidious: Part 2

This movie is a sequel to the 2010 film, Insidious. Before deciding to watch this one on Netflix, it’s best to have watched the first movie. It features demonic spirits who possess people and crave only one thing: human life. These spirits will kill and destroy anyone and anything that gets in the way of them finally receiving a soul.

Carrie

What’s Halloween without a Stephen King movie? Netflix streams two versions of the classic novel turned film. The recent adaptation of Carrie is more suitable for those who value the art of cinema. If you get queasy easily, Carrie is not the film for you, as both versions contain lots of blood.

Silence of the Lambs

This psychological thriller is a classic must-see. It features a charismatic cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lecter. The film explores the minds of psychopaths. It does play with the mind using suspense, but is gory in certain scenes. There’s something frightening about a genius like Dr. Lecter who’s capable of committing murder with his bare hands.

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