The Rock at Boston College is celebrating the spookiest day of the year in a big way by generating new content every day in our first-ever “HalloWeek”. The Rock is proud to conclude a week of celebration with this final installment in our holiday special. Now, for your reading pleasure, a collection of Halloween memories from our staff!
“Every year when I went trick-or-treating, my friends, my family and I would go see a talking pumpkin named ‘Blinky.’ The local attraction of ‘Blinky’ was that of a plump pumpkin with a blinking red light for a nose, carved-out eyes and a mouth, and one more unique feature: speech. The pumpkin could ‘talk’ to humans, dogs, anybody! (I feel bad about ruining the Halloween magic, but I believe an older family member, maybe a grandfather or an uncle served as the voice for ‘Blinky.’ Yet, there is a part of me that wants to still believe that a pumpkin has talked to thousands of people every Halloween for decades.) It was a real treat to see ‘Blinky’ every year, seeing him sit on a dark purple tablecloth on top of a straw table and have many conversations with kids, teenagers and parents. In addition, people came to this specific house for several years not just for candy, but for the chance to talk to a ‘magical’ being and ask him if there are other pumpkins like him. ‘Blinky’ was so famous in the local area that he drew press attention from several prominent newspapers including the Boston Globe. While I have visited ‘Blinky’ for about 15 years, ‘Blinky’ is a jovial, wise-cracking institution that has entertained the likes of many denizens of my hometown for over 25 years, with plenty more riddles and questions to come.” – Kyle Donohue ‘17
“When I was a wee lad, I believed that Hogwarts was a real place (which it is) and would dress up as Harry Potter every Halloween, probably for about 5 straight years. Probably the crowning moment of any Halloween ever was the Halloween of 2005. I was out trick-or-treating, where I happened upon someone who was dressed as Draco. On a sidewalk, we re-enacted the duel from the Chamber of Secrets, complete with screaming and spells, whilst our parents looked on. Then I went home and ate like a pound of candy. Quite the enjoyable night.” – Joey Dorion ‘17
“When I was in fifth grade, my best friend and I were determined to film our own movie. We thought we could be famous. We designed costumes and sets, had a cast of kids from our class, and even borrowed a camera from a friend’s dad. We began writing the script and we found it to be so good, that we wanted to publicize for our movie before we even finished creating it. That year for Halloween, we wore the costumes for the main characters – Monkey Boy and Leopard Girl. (We were crime-fighting jungle animals. It was pretty intense.) Anyway, no one had any idea what we were and it was hilarious. We had to explain why we were wearing superhero masks with leotards and onesies to everyone and their parents. On the bright side, the low budget movie movie was a hit…with our parents.” – Alexa Kilroy ‘18
“I’m really big on dressing up for Halloween. As a kid, my grandmother always made my costumes, and in high school everyone always went all-out in costume for school–even the teachers and the principal. At BC, I’ve seen some pretty awesome outfits, but I have one friend who tops them all with his pun costumes. Freshman year, he was a shot in the dark (black T-shirt + shotglass on a string); sophomore year, he was a little white lie (white T-shirt with insincere comments written on it); last year, he was Good Will Hunting (Goodwill T-shirt and hunting attire). I can’t wait to see what he comes up with this year, but it’ll have to be pretty ‘punny’ to top all the rest.” – Kate Lewis ‘15
“In 2007 I was living in London, England. This was my first year overseas, so I was very familiar with American Halloween customs. As a 6th grader, trick-or-treating was a top priority, and my friends and I wanted to go out on our own and hunt for candy. Our parents struck down our hopes though, citing that the city was too dangerous for a bunch of pre-teens to be wandering out alone, especially on Halloween. For some reason my Mom believed that Halloween was different in England, and that chaos would be erupting in the streets. My friends and I ended up trick-or-treating with a large group that included multiple parents, and we were only allowed to go from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. My friends and I thought that this was the epitome of lame. At around 8 at night, when we were counting our candy at my friend Cole’s house, a large group of teenager boys rang the doorbell and demanded candy. Cole’s mother had just ran out, and politely told the boys that she didn’t have any to give, then quickly closed the door. Minutes later, a firework was blasted off from Cole’s backyard, and the whole house began screaming and running around. Cole bolted out the backdoor, and caught sight of the teenage boys from earlier running away. They had set off a firework to get revenge for the lack of candy. Maybe my Mom was right about it being unsafe for us eleven year olds.” – Mike McGee ‘18
“My freshman year there was a freak blizzard on Halloween night. At first it was an enjoyable flurry, but it soon turned to mounds of slush. Let’s just say it wasn’t particularly pleasant to walk from Upper to the Mods in full costume, and I felt especially bad for the girls wearing crop-tops and miniskirts that night. When I look back on it, the weather made Halloween all the crazier that year. People just partied harder back then. Nostalgia really gets to you as a Senior. *an old man plays a violin softly off stage* *fades to black*” – Christian Petro ‘15
“As a youngin’, I remember trick-or-treating at the home of this older couple who live on my block. These people were the kind of people who would pass out pocket bibles, water bottles, and toothpaste on Halloween. Needless to say, this particular house was not a super popular spot for trick-or-treaters. One Halloween, however, this couple abandoned their fixation on oral hygiene, and gave in to the candy tradition. They went all out on decorations, making their home the spookiest in the neighborhood. Sadly, the following year, they reverted back to their old ways. I’ll never understand why they changed their minds that year. That Halloween mystery has haunted my brain for years now…well, not really, but I’ve always thought it was weird.” – Marianne Sevilla ‘18
“One of my favorite stories that my mom tells is about her two brothers–the older one would hustle the younger one out of the good Halloween candy. ‘Hey, I have ten Smarties, but you only have one king-size Hershey bar–wanna trade?’ The younger one would always think he was getting the better end of the deal and take him up on it. Needless to say, my little brother learned early on not to let his big sister make crummy deals when all the candy was on the table.” -Melissa Warten ‘16
From everyone here at The Rock at BC: Have a safe and happy Halloweekend!