October Culture at Bethany

 

BY GEORGE COTHRAN

TOWER staff writer

 

            October is almost over and Halloween is approaching. During this time, kids get to go out and do what they always do each year; dress up as their favorite characters and go door to door for candy. For college students, it is an opportunity to relive their childhoods and show off their best costumes. While many assume that Halloween is just for kids, the Halloween culture here at Bethany is alive and well among the students.

            The town of Bethany is always beautiful to look at during the fall. You can see the leaves turn from their vibrant green hue to their yellow and red colors. The mix of the yellow and red leaves look beautiful during the fall and give you that fall feeling. The residents are also decorating their houses in preparation for the upcoming holidays. Once it gets dark, the lights go well with the trees. It can get cold, but you have an excuse to wear long sleeve clothes and indulge in hot chocolate and apple cider.

            Bethany also gets a sample of German tradition around this time of year with Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest will be held on the Richardson Lawn and the Old Main Corridor this Friday on the 25 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. There will be German food and games set up by the German Club.

            Ghosts stories are an annual tradition here at Bethany. On October 30, the Japanese Culture Club and the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library will hold the International Ghost Story Night. The event will be held in the memorial room from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM with food and beverages served including hot chocolate, cold cider, and popcorn balls. Different clubs and organizations including the Japanese Club, German Club, Spanish Club, History Club, and the Religion and Philosophy Club will tell the ghost stories.

            The Bison Inn, also called “Bubba’s,” holds a costume contest every year. Students can come in with their costumes and win prizes for the best looking and most original costume. This year’s contest will be held Saturday, October 26 at 9 PM with a DJ playing music.

            While daylight is cut short and the temperature drops during this time, that does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself here. There are plenty of thing to do at Bethany in the fall. Even if you do not like autumn, your time is what you make of it.

 

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