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 preface it by saying that he is the most adorable thing you will probably ever lay eyes on. I know parents are biologically programmed to think their own kids are the cutest, but I promise that this child is cuter than yours will ever be. Of course, my prediction is not backed by any statistical or scientific evidence, but it is indisputably true, nevertheless.

Without further ado, I present Henry, master of the chicken costume (and our hearts).

Courtesy of Joshua Compton

Here he is posing in front of Baker-Berry Library. Approximately 600 percent of Dartmouth ’18s have a Facebook profile picture in this same exact spot and in this same exact pose. This can mean either one of two things: 1) Henry is in fact an ’18 or 2) his cognitive ability is so far developed that this photo is satirically mocking our blatant social media conformity. I’m personally hoping that, by some miracle, both are true.

I was hoping to score an interview with this human-chicken genius, but unfortunately it did not work out. However, Henry’s father, speech professor Joshua Compton, did provide us with this second more serious, contemplative photo of chicken baby.

Courtesy of Joshua Compton

I have so many questions. I genuinely wonder what Henry is thinking in this photo. Perhaps he’s struggling with the idea of industrial poultry production. Perhaps he’s wrestling with being on the outskirts of society since he is in fact half-human, half-chicken (and not to mention severely below average human height). Is this little guy thinking up a solution to industrial farming and pollution, or is this young wrecca reciting Anglo-Saxon poetry that reflects his permanent state of exile? The answer is that he’s likely doing neither of these things, but we can never truly know for sure.

Young Henry, enigma though he is, has become a Dartmouth star. I now fully expect him to make an appearance for my next three Halloweekends here. If Henry really is the maverick that I know he is, he will not disappoint.

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. 


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 that Cornell is the only Ivy with a falconry program, and that definitely makes them Batman.


Fly, my pretties.

Yale: Captain America       

Why? Because Captain America is cool. Yale is cool. Both were established based on sort-of archaic value sets and are applying them haphazardly to a modern world they find themselves increasingly perplexed by.

Brown: The Human Torch

Why? Because he’s the only superhero I could think of that would participate in a tradition like Brown’s Naked Donut Run, in which students walk naked through the library during reading period and hand out donuts. Also because I would not mind seeing Chris Evans do this.

UPenn: Hawkeye

Why? Because Hawkeye was weirdly absent for like 85 percent of the Avengers movie, and then came back on screen and started shooting things and maybe having a romantic subplot, and we all got a little confused. But at the same time, his aim is crazy good, and I’m sure he could shoot straight through the O in his Wharton degree and slyly unbuckle the clasp on his Wall Street briefcase, all at the same time. 

Dartmouth: Mr. Incredible

Why? Because Dartmouth is about family. And also because we all know that if Mr. Incredible sneezed, HuffPost would be all up in his business.

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 do when winter arrives?  (For those freshman skeptics, trust me — winter is coming.)  For those of you yearning to keep fall around forever, this is for you.


Step 1: Fill a cup of coffee about two-thirds full.  That may sound controversial. I know so many of us rely on coffee for our survival up here in the woods, but a cup that is too full will affect the ultimate consistency of the drink.

Step 2: Add a moderately-sized spoonful of pumpkin ice cream into the coffee.  Stir until consistent.  A thicker, creamier consistency requires more ice cream, while a thinner consistency asks for more liquid and less ice cream.

Step 3: Add a spoonful of chocolate chips and stir.  The chocolate adds a nice depth to the sweet flavors and complements the coffee taste well.  No need to go overboard here; the amount of chocolate chips will not have a significant impact on the drink’s thickness.

And that’s it!  Add any desired amenities — a taste of vanilla soft serve, perhaps, or an iced pumpkin spice latte.  Caramel sauce, over by the ice creams, is another option.

Happy Halloween, dear readers. If you need a refreshing drink to clear your stuffed candy-coated throats, try this one!  The taste of fall goes a long way.

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 your face, and put some gray eyeshadow under your eyes to enhance the “dead” look.

The Beanie Toy

You need: An animal costume (or just some bunny ears) and cardboard.

Cut the piece of cardboard in a heart shape, to resemble the label on Beanie Babies. Cut bubble letters out of white sheets of paper and stick them on the heart. Hang the heart label on a nylon thread. Throw on your animal costume, and hang the label around your neck.

The Loofah

You need: Tulle, a dress you don’t need anymore, hot glue and a patient friend’s help.

This costume is easy, but it does take time. You also might need to buy tulle from Amazon or West Leb.

Once you have your materials ready, start by putting your dress on. Put some hot glue on your dress, and paste on the tulle — you can start wherever you want. Make sure to pinch the fabric so it looks puffy and fluffy, just like a loofah. Be careful not to burn yourself — pull the dress away from you when you’re putting the hot glue on. Repeat the process until you look like a loofah! 

404 Costume Not Found

You need: A white T-shirt and a black sharpie.

Again, this is not rocket science. Just write 404 Costume Not Found on your t-shirt.


You need: a box, gift-wrapping paper, cardboard and a big bow.

You are going to wear the box itself for this costume, so cut three holes in it – two for your arms and one for your head. Also cut out one side of the box for your legs. Note: it is easier to put the wrapping paper on the box and then cut out the holes.

Using cardboard, create a “To:” and “From:” tag. You can get creative with this and write whatever you like! Paste the label on the box and add a big bow.  


You need: A flannel shirt, jeans or overalls, a straw hat and some makeup.

The most important part of this costume is the makeup. I could get into details but really, just look up scarecrow makeup on YouTube. Here is a good example.

Vampire from HBO’s “True Blood”

You need: Red paint or fake blood, makeup and fangs.

No, don’t use a cape and dress up like Dracula. Use normal clothes and add some pointy fangs. Then put some red paint in the corners of your lips to simulate dripping blood. Lightly put some purple eyeshadow under your eyes so that you look more … dead.

The Mummy

You need: White clothes, bandages, double-sided tape, coffee (optional)

Put on your white clothes and wrap yourself in the bandages. Use double-sided tape to make sure they stick to your clothes. If you have some extra time and want your bandages to look old and dirty, I recommend dying them with coffee and leaving them to dry for a day.

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

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To be fair, I’ve never met or had a one-on-one convo with Gail. But she seems so sweet and calm. And when I hear sweet and calm, that makes me think that she is an undercover, crime-fighting, kick-ass vigilante by night. According to a source that I have just totally made up, Gail has been spotted leaving her home every Thursday around 10 p.m. She tells Phil she is going to the gym, but I know she is off doing her catwomanly duties and giving Christian Bale a run for his money. Can’t knock her hustle.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris as Joffrey Baratheon, King of the Andals and the First Men, the First of His Name, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm

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As dean of admissions and financial aid, Maria Laskaris is a hardcore decision-maker. Seriously, I have an existential dilemma every time I need to choose between broccoli cheddar and tomato basil soup. But this woman is responsible for the team that decides who becomes a Big Greener and who does not. She is fierce, powerful and feared by almost everyone I have ever met. (I could have easily made her superwoman or Cersei, for that matter, but Joffrey’s voice amuses me, as does picturing Maria sitting on the Iron Throne in McNutt.)

Provost Carolyn Dever as Professor Dolores Umbridge

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According to the Office of Public Affairs, Dever “is responsible for 45 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs; 13 research centers in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities; 382 tenured or tenure-track faculty; 800 staff members; and a $180 million annual budget.” Needless to say, this woman is one tough cookie. And she must love telling people what to do, because that’s her job. So Umbridge it is. Plus I think Dever could really pull off Dolores’ pink pea coat, no?

Alcohol and other drug education program co-coordinator Brian Bowden as the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella

That’s right, boys and girls, Bowden is head of the BASICS program! My freshman fall may not yet be over, but I have seen a Good Sam or two in my day. And all of my friends who have gone to BASICS have said that Brian is an MVP. He shows up when we need him most and he cares for our well-being. We walk in as morons with high-risk drinking habits, Brian sprinkles some fairy dust magic knowledge on us and we leave as better, more responsible human beings. Brownie points for Brian!

Interim Dean of the College Inge-Lise Ameer as Mrs. Claus

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Ameer has more responsibilities than I can count, not to mention how far she has gone to advance Dartmouth’s student services. She is strong, smart, independent and holding down the North Pole until Father (or Mother) Christmas returns.

All photos by May Mansour, The Dartmouth Staff.