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By Julianne Mosher

Campus News

I was working in retail one day over the summer when a woman approached me at the front counter.

“You look just like Rapunzel!” she said.

“What?” I responded cautiously and slightly confused.  

She looked at me and smiled, “Would you want to pretend to be her for a day?”

Growing up in the 90s, I believed that I was actually, in fact, a Disney princess. I enthusiastically (and rather quickly) agreed to this random woman’s offer and began working for her dress up company. We go to events, parties and gatherings dress in character and we make the lives of little kids magical.

Don’t you remember when simple things like that were magical for us, too?

Halloween is a time where we can change who we are. We can dress completely out of character for one night and not get judged at all. Luckily for us, college is the prime time in our young adult lives where we can dress however we want on Halloween and not care about what anyone else thinks.

But would you believe that only 50 percent of students actually dress up during this fun and festive fall holiday?
When we were kids we thrived on dressing up in costumes and would compete with one another on who wore the Power Ranger better. What happened to that? Are we at 18, 21 and 24 too cool to dress up and have a little immature amusement? I don’t know about you but I’ll probably turn 80 and still be dressing up.

Whether you’re at a commuter college, dorming, or living off campus in an apartment, this Halloween you should try and get a little festive. Go to a party in costume – it doesn’t have to be expensive, make it yourself out of things you already have. It is a great conversation starter and who knows whom you’ll meet as you’re posed up as a cat.

As I dressed up as a princess – actually twice for the record – I got to be Princess Aurora and the longhaired Rapunzel. I went to two events where I had to interact with children – and their parents – of all ages. I had to put on a fake voice and pretend to not be the journalism student at Stony Brook University that I am, but instead a happy-go-lucky princess with flowers in my braid.

It was refreshing and eye opening to me.

I was put in a situation in which I had no idea what would happen as I stood in the center of a huge Long Island shopping center on a Sunday with other characters like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” the genie from “Aladdin” and a pirate.

Did I mention this was in a mall only five minutes away from my school?  I got a lot of weird looks.

However, in the end of it all, it was fun pretending to be something that I never, ever will be.  It taught me about spontaneity and quick thinking. It taught me that when you put on that wig and that dress you become something that others see as magical and you can’t have a frown on your face.

I think that’s what Halloween is all about for us. We’re stressed with school and midterms and our futures. Why can’t we – half of the college student population – dress up for one night in a costume that makes us happy?

After you go out like that, get some (legal) drinks and candy, you’ll feel positive and happy the next morning that you did something out of the ordinary and became a kid again for just a few hours.

Here’s to never growing up despite what college and society tells us to do.