By Matthew Roberts
You may have noticed the sudden appearance of Jack-o’-lanterns near Fisher House last weekend, arrayed upon the nearby low stone circle and benches (and if generations of horror movies have taught us anything, it is that college students arranging dimly understood relics of ancient rituals upon a random stone plinth in the fog-shrouded reaches of an abandoned British farmstead is always a good idea). These carvings (along with a selection of sandwiches left upon Fisher Bar that could most charitably be described as prototypically YUM) were the remnants of this year’s kids Halloween party, organized and executed by the Graduate Common Room and college volunteers.
Ustinov families from Keenan House were given an opportunity to experience some College socializing, a rarity given the demands of family and academics. The volunteers in turn subdivided themselves according to capability and temperament: those more at ease with the future generation donned Halloween costumes and engaged the children for over three hours, through sugar highs and sugar lows. Those who had heard whispered rumors regarding the fearful “Bite of 2015” took a more supportive role, providing material transport and cleanup.
In typical Ustinovian fashion the event saw a wide representation of nationalities and backgrounds, brought together to run around in sugar-fueled circles whilst shouting at each other. Faces were painted, pumpkins were carved, piñatas were piñata’d, and candy was consumed.
Awards were given out for best carving and best costume, settled through a rigorous selection process of head scratching, foot shuffling, blank looks, and intensely generalized shrugging. By afternoon’s end the buses had arrived, and the Ustinov families were sent home with bags of sweets and the occasional hollow gourd. The sticky remains of a pumpkin carving event were addressed, and the worst excesses of childish enthusiasm scrubbed away (though you might want to avoid looking too closely under the couches for a bit). As the sun set at a ludicrously early time, Fishers was once more ready to absorb its typical contingent of students, another Halloween party successfully done.
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