Halloween: One night, three stories

Featured image by Sam Letnik.

Three different photographers shot how they spent their Halloweens. One night — three different events, three photography styles, and three different perspectives.

 

Luke Avoledo

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In elementary school, I always knew what day of the week Halloween was going to fall on months in advance. If Halloween landed on a Wednesday, I knew my night was ending early. But if it was on a Friday or Saturday, that meant ample candy-gathering, and a late night spent sorting between chips and chocolate (and stashing all the gross things I didn’t want in my brother’s bag). As I g0t older, though, the term “Halloweekend” has squashed any importance of when Halloween actually is. Apparently, it fell on a Tuesday this year, but my Halloween was the Friday and Saturday night.

Instead of the usual search for a good party, Halloweekend creates the problem of having too many options. Walking into the residence building, the first party you end up in is the slightest suggestion of where you’ll be at 3 a.m. A game of beer pong can turn into a Carrie Underwood dance party, and all of a sudden you’re on top of a table. One moment, you’re posing with an absolute stranger, and the next, you’re three floors down comforting yet another stranger who wound up hunched over a toilet.

Although it didn’t fit well with my lumberjack costume, I carried a disposable camera with me to document the crazy events of the weekend. So whether or not yours ended up quite like mine, take this as a reminder that you’re not too cool for Halloween.

 

Sherry Li

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I’m not really a Halloween person, and I would’ve much preferred to stay home and binge watch the new season of Stranger Things. But my best friend was in town and since I stay home pretty much every year, I decided to dress up and actually go out.

I figured being a mime would be an easy costume; all I really needed was some face makeup and a beret since I already had the clothes. I even managed to convince my friend Vivian to put on the mime makeup and come out too. However, the costume seemed way easier in my head than it actually was in reality. Putting the makeup on was a process — it’s actually incredibly difficult to work with and it took hours. We all couldn’t stop laughing, and it took me countless tries to get the makeup to look the way that I wanted. Since it took a surprisingly long time to get ready, we ended up leaving my place pretty late. We drank as many shots of tequila as we could but when we left, we were only half drunk, super hungry, and in a rush to get to the bars. Instead of going bar hopping like we originally planned, we just ended up at Sneaky Dee’s, binging on nachos and beer, and finished the rest of the night there. Still, it was a great night and one of the best Halloweens I’ve had in a long time.

 

Sam Letnik  

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While kids got ready to walk the streets and go trick-or-treating on Halloween night, my friends and I made our way to downtown Hamilton, dressed as a few half-hearted looking soldiers, due to a last-minute costume scramble. Some friends of mine had been working on a short skateboarding film for the past few months, and Halloween was the day of its premiere, which was held at Factory Media. There was no shortage of local skaters and all their homies dressed up there, no matter the age.

Shortly after I arrived, the lights turned off and the film was underway.  A projector shot onto a huge white wall, while viewers sat in old chairs and church pews, and the less-fortunate ones stood. After the video finished, the lights came back on and the music proceeded to play. Raffles for free merchandise from clothing vendors were drawn, and drinks were finally cracked open. Soon enough, people left for the after party, where the drinking and dancing continued. All-in-all, it was a super cool, laid-back Halloween night.