By Whitney Leggett
It’s not everyday that you get to enjoy watching Mike Myers, a little kid with a teddy bear, a zombie and a fairy princess doing the cha-cha slide together. And watching Raggedy Anne “get low” with Superman isn’t as odd as one might think when the rest of the room is filled with football stars, ER doctors, and Eskimos.
Nothing was left to the imagination when it came to the many extravagant and original costumes worn by Eastern students at the annual Halloween Ball Monday night.
The ball, sponsored by the Student Activities Council, was held in the Keene Johnson Ballroom and hosted more than 340 students.
Nearly all who attended were dressed in their scariest, prettiest, most original or most extravagant costumes. The attire included homemade and store bought costumes ranging from gypsies to Goths, hikers to hair bands and bikers to bumblebees.
The costumes were judged by members of the SAC and those who were picked for the four categories, including best overall costume, best group, scariest costume and most original costume, were awarded cash prizes.
Best overall costume went to a male student dressed as Sweeney Todd, scariest costume was awarded to “slit throat boy,” most original was given to a student dressed as a pot leaf and the best group went to a couple dressed as the main characters from the hit movie Juno: pregnant belly and Tic-Tac’s included.
Tricia Trimble, an art education major, and Jeremy Morton, an art major, both seniors from Paris, Ky., were the winners of best group award and the pair agreed that the most fun and most challenging part of the evening was picking a costume and putting each piece together in just the right way.
“The hardest part was finding each individual piece,” said Trimble, who dressed as Juno. “You have to find the right shirt, the right jacket, the right shoes, and sometimes you have to go to different places to find them.”
For many of the participants, picking out a costume was the most important part of the evening. And many went to great lengths to find the perfect costume.
Some made costumes themselves, others borrowed pieces from a friend and many searched high and low for the finishing touches.
William White, a junior wildlife management major from Richmond paid $40 online for a Michael Myers mask and finished his costume with borrowed pieces.
“I really like to scare people,” said White. “So, I chose the Mike Myers mask and I had to search for it online.”
Chrissy Ferguson, a junior environmental health science major from Ind., went to the internet in search of costume ideas and, in the end, decided on a Viking warrior princess costume.
Ferguson also bought part of her costume online but finished her character with a homemade bottom.
“I had to pay a lot for the top of the costume,” Ferguson said. “But my mom helped me out and made the top for me to save a little money.”
Several of the students found that making their own costume, or adding homemade pieces, made getting into character a little less hectic.
Johnathan Rose, a freshman computer science major from Xenia, Ohio, had his entire pirate costume, with the exception of his $20 shoes, made especially for him.
“My mom is a seamstress,” said Rose. “She put together all of the costume. I just had to find the shoes to finish it off.”
Other students advocated making their entire costume themselves, though.
Miranda Blakeman, an undeclared freshman from Ohio County, Ky. pieced together her entire costume using clothes she already had in her closet, a wig borrowed from a friend and she even made her very own top.
“I just got tired of spending so much money on costumes each year,” said Blakeman. “I just decided I do my own thing this year and make it all myself. I really think everyone should make their own costume. I feel more original and I didn’t have to worry about anyone else having the same costume.”
While opinions about how to choose a costume and how to put one together varied, one opinion was shared by most of the students: the Halloween Ball is one of the many events on campus that allowed students to mix and mingle with others.
“I really wanted to meet some new people and I thought this seemed like a good place,” said Blakeman.
Ferguson, who has attended the ball for three years now, said the event is always a good way to get her mind off of the everyday stress of school.
“Just when the semester really starts getting tough, it’s time for the ball,” she said. “And it’s a great way to let loose, be with your friends and just forget about all of the stress that comes with your classes.”
“Dressing up for Halloween is always so much fun,” Trimble said as she rubbed the hard, fake belly protruding in her striped Juno T-shirt. “It’s really a time when you can put on a costume, go out and not have to worry about being yourself for a night.