Surviving Halloween

By Jeff Mitchell

After the glory of Halloween night has ended, the reality of early morning classes on Nov. 1 hits hard. Here are some friendly words of advice to prepare you for the hardships of the next day.

Prep the night before
Even though you want to impress your friends, don’t buy a really nice costume. It will either be covered in beer or vomit by the end of the night.

Make sure your make up comes off for the next morning. You don’t want to be known as that guy with the whiskers.

Pick Monday’s wardrobe out at 5 p.m. the night before. While it seems like a minor thing to do, it will save you time the next morning.

Halloween night
If you know what parties you are going to, start at the furthest party and work your way back towards your house or dorm. You’ll definitely be happy you did, especially if you have a bulky costume.

Know the bus schedule. You don’t want to be wandering around Mount Holyoke College in a blood-splattered axe murderer costume at 9:30 a.m.

Know what your friends or significant other are wearing before you go out that night. You don’t want to end up grinding up against the wrong Lady Gaga in the dimly lit basement of a frat house.

Don’t mix candy corn with shots and chocolate. Seriously, don’t.

Be careful if you are offered gummy worms or bears if you do not want to drink, they can be soaked in vodka and act similar to a Jell-o shot.

Cut yourself off by 2 a.m. Even though you probably won’t, it still should be said.

Don’t go home with a girl with a lot of makeup; it can hide many things you won’t notice until tomorrow morning.

Change out of your costume before you fall asleep – no one wants to wake up in a puke-splattered Edward Cullen costume at 7:45 in the morning.

If you feel like you might throw up, do it the night before. Your morning will hectic enough without spewing chunks all over the spider webs hanging from your dorm the night before.

The next day
Get four or more hours of sleep or get none at all. Your body will not be well-adjusted enough to function and your bed will simply just feel too good to get up.

Wake up an hour earlier than you usually do. Even though it will probably be rough, the extra time will be needed depending on how hard you partied the night previous.

Take a shower if you plan on going to class – smeared make up that reeks of Captain Morgan is a definite give away.

Follow these tips and the day after could be just a bit less horrible than you thought it would be.

Jeff Mitchell may be reached at [email protected]