By Elizabeth Haas
Emma Kantola rubs dirt and powder onto her cheeks, forehead and nose. Her clothes are ripped and faded. She planned this outfit weeks ago with her friends; she’s a zombie.
“I’m broke,” said Kantola, a junior business administration major. “So I might be a UNH tailgater for another night. I have the face tattoos.”
Kantola, like many UNH students, began planning for Halloween weeks in advance, coordinating group costumes and scouring Savers and Pinterest for not one, but three outfits for the three nights of Halloween weekend.
“Mine came in the mail,” said Brandon Lyman. “I put it on, and it looks awesome.”
Lyman is dressing up as Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man the first night, only wearing his Spider-Man costume from the neck down; going full Spider-Man the next night; and is unsure about night three.
“But I’m wearing the Spider-Man costume all three nights,” he said. “I paid $30 for it, so I’m spreading out the overhead. I’m an econ major.”
Senior Hollie Foster will be on CA duty during Halloween weekend, but she’ll be dressed up for rounds. She said it might be awkward when she has to talk to residents, so she’s making sure to pick appropriate costumes.
“I’m not going to dress up as a cop,” she said.
On her night off, she’s going as Louise from Bob’s Burgers, and her friends are going as Tina and Gene.
“We’re still looking for a mom and dad,” she said.
But not everyone is planning on celebrating all three nights.
Freshman Taela Leek is dressing up just one night, though she hears Halloween turns into an all weekend event. Her friends are going as the different Winnie the Pooh characters, and she is Tigger. Leek said she prefers a month of candy to three nights of dress-up.
Sarah Zsigray, a sophomore, is working Halloween and said she doesn’t like most candy, though she may put together a costume for the Anime club’s haunted house and Halloween party Thursday evening.
“I might dress up as a witch,” she said. “I have these shoes I want to wear.”
Sophomore Cale Frost doesn’t have a costume planned, but she might reuse a V for Vendetta mask from high school for her friend’s Halloween birthday party.
“I haven’t dressed up for a long time,” she said.