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The Chicken Baby of Halloween


Why did the baby cross the road? … BECAUSE HE WAS A CHICKEN! This year was my first Dartmouth Halloweekend and it was very interesting to say the least. Some people dressed up all week — that’s too much of a time commitment for me to even wrap my head around. It took every ounce of my creativity to come up with one very hackneyed costume, so major props to those who banged out two-plus costumes last weekend (especially the guy that showed up to class as Super Mario! Oh, and the ’18s who went out in 30-degree weather wearing nothing but diapers.) With that said, it’s sad for me to announce that the winner of my personal costume contest was not even a Dartmouth student. I know you know who I’m talking about. He was the subject of literally every sorority blitz thread, every group chat and every text conversation. That’s right, I’m talking about chicken baby. It was a cold Friday afternoon. I was sitting at my desk and cramming to finish a writing assignment when I was first introduced to the chicken baby craze. And it was glorious. Before I show you a picture of chicken baby, I must… Read more »

Which Superhero Did Each Ivy Dress as for Halloween?


With the passing of Halloween and the arrival of November, we find ourselves reflecting on this past weekend. With all this spandex going on, it only makes sense that we ask ourselves “If each Ivy dressed up for Halloween, what superhero would they have been?” Harvard: Superman Why? Because Harvard was the only Ivy that my Italian host mother had ever heard of. It only makes sense that they would dress as the prototypical superhero. (At press time, I was still unable to confirm whether or not Doriana knew of Superman.) Princeton: Iron Man Why? Because Iron Man is by far my favorite superhero, and Princeton was, yeah, yeah, number one on the U.S. News and World Report rankings this year.  Bonus, Iron Man is one of few superheroes that doesn’t actually have any real powers, and just gets them through money and connections. Oops.   Columbia: Spider-Man Why? Spider-Man’s domain is New York City too, and he’s also the only superhero who went through an angsty hipster stage.  This. But also this. Cornell: I was going to say Robin…  But the cool Robin played by Joseph Gordon Levitt in the recent series. Not old Robin. But then I remembered… Read more »

FoCo Joe: Pumpkin Spice Latte

What a wonderful weekend for Halloween.  Midterms are mostly behind us, the beauty of fall perseveres with weather that by Dartmouth standards is “warm” and the San Francisco Giants just won the World Series.  Yes, friends, orange rules everything around me, and even in FoCo I cannot escape it. One would think that for such a joyous holiday I would conjure up something really creative and special, but in the spirit of all the #tbt (#throwbackthursday, for those of you who live under a rock) Halloween costumes on Instagram, I too am throwing things back to the hype of every fall season — the pumpkin spice latte.  I cannot say that I have always been a fan of the beverage, or the entire pumpkin craze for that matter, but I will always have a soft spot for my childhood friend’s mom’s Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.  Kathy Byers, if you are reading this, I look forward to this year’s pie at Thanksgiving dinner — thanks in advance! Do-it-yourself pumpkin spice latte is, genuinely, as easy as it sounds.  FoCo already has pumpkin spice coffee just before the cookies and a crate of ice cream treats, which is awesome.  But what will we… Read more »

Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

So you’re going to a Halloween party this weekend, but don’t have a costume. You knew Halloween was this weekend and that you would need one. But in the midst of midterms and papers, you have neglected to do anything about a costume. You, my friend, need a backup plan.  That’s what I’m here for. Here are several costumes you can make with ordinary things you can find around your dorm room or in CVS. The Disco Ball  You need: An old dress or T-shirt, a stack of CDs and super glue. There are two different ways to do this. You can either choose to break up the CDs and paste the pieces on the dress, leaving the shiny part of the CD facing the outside. Or you can also avoid breaking them and just paste them on. Ta-da! Now you’ll shine on the dance floor. The Classic Zombie You need: Clothes that you can destroy (I recommend buying a plain, big T-shirt), red paint and makeup. Destroy the clothes and spat them with blood. It’s not rocket science. I’m sure you know how to do this, so have fun with it. Then apply splotches of blood and bronzer on… Read more »

What Would Administrators Dress Up As for Halloween?


You Dartbeat readers have been very selfish lately. The Dartbeat family has been hitting you with all sorts of autumnal Halloween goodness: we’ve told you all the haunted spots YOU should check out around Hanover, we’ve given YOU eight autumn recipes to try out and we’ve helped decide who YOU should be for Halloween. I’m putting my foot down and saying ENOUGH. It is not all about you, you, you (well, it kind of is, but still). So I am introducing the first annual “What Should Administrators Be For Halloween?” because even administrators need some Dartbeat TLC. College President Phil Hanlon as Marilyn Monroe I was very tempted to make Phil dress up as Dumbledore or Gandalf. I know, he’s the big man in charge, but it’s time to think outside the box. Phil, like Marilyn, is a classic (not to mention classy — he was once an AD brother after all). Marilyn might have had Kennedy, but Phil has Gail. Am I right, or am I right? Phil is a longstanding symbol of Dartmouth, and Marilyn, well, Marilyn is a symbol of something else… Gail Gentes as Catwoman To be fair, I’ve never met or had a one-on-one convo with Gail. But… Read more »

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