Happy Halloweekend!

Ah, Halloweekend. An occasion observed primarily by undergraduates across our nation, this weekend-long celebration of Halloween (see: getting drunk in costumes) is upon us again. This year, the gods smiled down upon the campus coeds of the western world and placed the main event (actual Halloween night) on a Friday, as it should be. Why is this so important? If you don’t know, then you’ve clearly never tried mustering up the energy a Halloween party requires…on a school night. Thanks a lot, Halloweens 2010-2013.

The concept of Halloweekend is truly an anomaly. Who, in their right minds, would drag out the already-debauched holiday of Halloween into a three-night, alcohol-fueled, polyester-rampant, slopfest? College students, that’s who.

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First of all, we college students have no chill. We celebrate any and all occasions aggressively. Christmas? Let’s get grandpa drunk while wearing excessive amounts of tartan and listening to Mariah Carey on repeat. Aced, or failed, your final exam? Go ahead and grab that beer can out of your backpack and shotgun it while maintaining eye contact with your professor. It’s Tuesday? Kegger.

On top of that, we just do not care. About anything. College students are always willing to push the envelope from barely-socially-acceptable to “You need church, man,” which is exactly why on Halloweekend, a college student might dress like Woody from Toy Story one night, an Amish person the next, and Miley Cyrus a la the 2013 VMAs on the third night. Gender-specific costumes? As if that matters.

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Everyone knows that Halloween is the time when you can transform into literally anything your heart desires. You want to be a Playboy bunny? Sure. An insensitive societal reference? I’ve seen it. Twerking banana? Go for it. The result of all these random drunken costumes coming together in one place at one time is the most marvelous kaleidoscope of madness you’ll ever behold. Anything goes.

When else can you see Forrest Gump lifting up Lieutenant Dan’s wheelchair so that he can do a keg stand, while Gumby shmoneys with five Britney Spears from different music videos, and Bill Clinton shares a cigar with a nun?

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So…why not do it three nights in a row?

…That’s the thought someone actually had when collegiates of a former generation held the inaugural Halloweekend.

And thank goodness they did. Halloweekend is one of the best weekends during any undergraduate’s school year, and this year, we have been #blessed with the gift of Halloween on a Friday. A weekend like this does not come around often. Cherish it while it lasts.

Please remember to be safe this weekend as well! Drink responsibly and remember what your mother taught you about stranger danger.97438_v1

What are you wearing this Halloweekend? Send me pictures on Twitter and I might retweet you!

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The Unofficial Bucket List of the University of Nevada

1. Participate in Welcome Week events — paint the “N” on the hill with fellow members of the Pack, wolf down some pancakes at midnight, and take pride in your university!

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2. Wake up at 4 a.m. for Dawn Patrol at The Great Reno Balloon Race. The killer Instagram you’ll get as proof will make it worthwhile.

3. Eat at Archie’s on game day and get to know some of your fellow Wolf Pack fans.

4. Stroll around downtown with some friends during the Wine Walk. Don’t forget your glitter tattoo at Five Star!

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5. Pig out on some ribs at the Sparks Nugget’s Annual Rib Cook-Off.

6. Become a part of our university’s legacy by partaking in homecoming traditions such as the undie run, carnival, or the March from the Arch.

7. Fill up on mushroom ravioli and peach bellinis at the Annual Italian Festival downtown. If that’s not a recipe for a good time, I don’t know what is.

8. Regardless of whether or not you join a house, participate in at least one Greek life event, whether it be SAE’s Paddy Murphy or Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash.

9. Show off your Wolf Pack pride by participating in Beat UNLV week — moon our neighbors to the south or make the road trip down to Sin City with your best friends.

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10. Try not to scream at Lincoln Hall’s annual haunted house. Let’s be honest, you probably won’t, but it’s a fun thing to do with your friends around Halloween time.

11. Get in touch with your #basic side while drinking hot cider and picking out pumpkins at Apple Hill in Camino, California. Don’t forget your riding boots and Pumpkin Spice Latte, obv.

12. Get dressed up to get messed up at the Santa Crawl. If you want to be truly original, have your friends dress as Santa and his eight tiny reindeer. Pause, not.

13. Visit Lake Tahoe when it’s snowy — drink hot cocoa at The Village at North Star or ski down the powder at Squaw Valley.

14. Visit Lake Tahoe when it’s sunny — sip on a Wet Woody or party at Zephyr Cove on the 4th of July.

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15. Catch up on current events with the Nevada Sagebrush or a Coffin and Keys newsletter. If you’re lucky, you might read your own name one day in the Sagebrush. If you’re unlucky, you might read your own name one day in Coffin and Keys.

16. Stay through the end of a sporting event and sing our alma mater and fight song. N-E-V-A-D-A you say, “Nevada!”

17. Fill yourself with a bizarre mix of pride and shame as you attempt to finish an Awful Awful from the Nugget downtown. Try not to spill on yourself. Fail.

18. Invest in the refillable tremor mug at Kokomo in Lake Havasu on spring break. I’m no accountant, but I’m fairly certain that by the amount of refills you’ll inevitably buy, you’ll end up saving money in the long run.

19. Take the winding drive up the hill and spend a day in Virginia City. Can you say “cinnamon whiskey crawl?”

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20. Play quarters at the Corkscroo, then head downtown for a little gambling on your 21st birthday. Because… Reno.

21. Party bus your way to the Wal one Thirsty Thursday. Regret it. Swear you’ll never drink again. Repeat.

22. Slap the bag while floating down the Truckee River. Wear closed-toed shoes and try not to pop your air mattress on the rocks.

23. Make a sacrifice to the great and honorable Mackay before final exams. Pretend like that excuses you from studying.

24. Swing dance the night away in the Jack Daniel’s tent at the Annual Reno Rodeo. Spend far too much money on Jack and Diets.

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25. Show your patriotism by enjoying the great American pastime at a Reno Ace’s game.

Whether you spread these events out over four years or seven, just be sure that by the time you cross the stage at graduation, you won’t have missed out on any of the fun things our community has to offer!

What’s your favorite annual event at the University of Nevada or within the Reno/Tahoe area? Tweet me a picture and I might retweet you!

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