Fall festivities are missing ‹Pepperdine Graphic

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There are horrors in Payson. Mullin Town Square has become a ghost town.

No, it’s not the Halloween chills that make the campus spooky – it’s mid-season. Examinations bring more fear and dread instead of the looming presence of the fall months.

Pepperdine is turning into a winter wonderland for Christmas, but the only indication of fall on campus is the arrival of the pumpkin and spice lattes at Starbucks and the sleep-deprived students ordering them.

Maybe you’ve seen the skeleton above Starbucks asking if you’re going to order that decaffeinated cold brew, the lonely mini pumpkin above the PCB, or the pumpkins growing on the trail. But that’s not enough – Pepperdine has to make campus spookier in the fall.

Few campus-wide activities take place during Halloween, and there is a dearth of other fall activities from September through November.

The Council hosts the Fall Farmer’s Market Festival and BSA, ISA and Crossroads have a Halloween party. Housing and Residence Life was planning to hold a Halloween Field Day, but the event was canceled this year in an October 19 email sent to first-year residents.

Decorations are also hard to find. Few places, like the international programs office and the HAWC entrance, have fall decorations displayed.

Pepperdine’s Christian community could be the reason for the lack of Halloween spirit on campus. Many Christians choose not to celebrate the holiday because of its controversial origins in celebrating the dead.

But what about public holidays and celebrations like Día de Los Muertos, All Saints and All Saints?

Los Muertos Day is usually celebrated in Mexican heirlooms on November 1 and 2, painting skulls and honoring those who have died through prayer. Celebrants offer traditional Mexican candy and candy to family and friends, just like Halloween.

Christian believers celebrate All Saints and All Saints at the same time as Día de los Muertos. The first two days of November are set aside to honor all saints and the deceased.

If Halloween is too controversial for Pepperdine, can holidays like Día de los Muertos be celebrated instead, since they have Christian origins? Students could paint skulls, hand out candy, build ofrendas in honor of loved ones and, of course, pray.

Any type of fall decor belongs on campus – it doesn’t have to be associated with Halloween. We want the dread and fear of fall.

In the same way that a Christmas tree lives in Mullin Town Square during the winter, a 15-foot skeleton should dominate the water fountain. Better yet, the pumpkins growing on the trail can be turned into trail lanterns and students can place them on campus.

Freshman homes can encourage residents to decorate their windows the same way many post their Instagram handles. Pumpkins and scarecrows can greet passersby and add fall frolics to their walks.

Can the Council organize a costume contest and encourage students to make treats in faculty accommodation? Not only would that make Pepperdine more spooky, but it would also build community spirit.

George Pepperdine’s ghost is not even seen roaming the hallways. During a rough mid-season season, Pepperdine’s students deserve more a ghostly presence than the haunting feeling of approaching exams.

Pumpkins, falling leaves and skeletons are all things Pepperdine lacks for the fall season. Pepperdine students need to remember what fall is like because October in Malibu is still 70 degrees and sunny.

Where’s the scary, Pepperdine? We want more fear.

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Christmas Fall Halloween Holiday Housing and Residence Life International Programs Midterms Mullin Town Square Pumpkins Staff Editorial The Council


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