Halloween Coming Full Circle
November 10, 2014
Blogger: Nina Greenebaum
As a senior at Occidental College, I now live off-campus, allowing for engagement with both the on and off-campus communities. While the majority of my time is spent on campus, either in class, in meetings, or in one of my favorite study spots, the opportunity to live off-campus as a senior is invaluable; it fosters continuity between the Eagle Rock community and life at Occidental.
This Halloween, the moment the sun began to go down, my housemates and I heard a knock at our door.
“Nina, it’s trick or treaters!!!” Beebe Sanders (senior) yelled.
We scrambled to find the candy bowl and greet the trick or treaters.
“Trick-or-treat!” The Devil, Tank Engine and Princess squealed.
The doorbell was constantly ringing until about 9pm, at which point our final trick or treater arrived in costume as a chicken. He could not have been more than 2 years old. He observed our treat bowl, then made a mad dash into our house. After he was plucked by his parents out of our home, we closed our front door and began putting our costumes on for the on-campus fall concert featuring the DJ, Odesza.
Reflecting on the fun-filled night, I feel lucky to have been able to experience both Halloween on and off-campus; we were part of the Eagle Rock trick-or-treating rush and also the Fall concert at Oxy.
Off-campus living as a senior provides students the opportunity to experience the real-world before graduating. Events such as Halloween allow you to pause and truly appreciate living and experiencing Occidental but also all that the vibrant surrounding community of Eagle Rock has to offer.
The dynamic between on and off-campus living is a fluid one, adding to the growth that students experience in their senior year at Occidental.