Right ‘spirit’ needed to enjoy Halloween

By Sabryna Cornish

Spooky, spooky, it’s Halloween, children—BEWARE!

What a great holiday Halloween is. It’s the only day out of the year that all the certified weirdos can come out and not really be noticed.

There are two kinds of people. Those who believe in Halloween and those who don’t. The ones who believe in Halloween will always love the holiday. They’re the types who look forward to being scared. The other ones don’t believe in ghosts and goblins and probably don’t think there’s a Santa Claus either.

There is no proof, however, whether the believers or the

onbelievers are right. There are accounts all over the world of people coming in contact with ghosts. And although some of these accounts have been recorded, there has not been a substantial amount of scientific evidence to prove there really are spirits in another plane of existence.

The believers tend to be more at rest with the thought of dying while the nonbelievers might believe in other things such as God. God cannot be seen, but a lot of people believe in Him. So why not believe in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny or spirits?

People need to believe in things they can’t see. Otherwise, how would you know if Europe exists if you’ve never been there? You take the word of someone else your entire life.

It’s kind of scary to think of everything you really don’t have proof of. Maybe that’s why philosophy is actually a very hard major. Philosophers have to prove that people actually exist. It’s a mind-boggling thing to think that if you are reincarnated, you might not remember this life.

Keeping with the holiday, here are few things that scare people at NIU:

‘ “I’m sorry. You’re not going to graduate. You need 125 hours to get a degree—we just changed it.”

‘ “There’s a $200 encumbrance on your record for parking tickets.

‘ “Yes, that was President La Tourette who just streaked by naked.”

‘ “This isn’t a costume, my hair is always this big.”

‘ “Really officer, I’m celebrating Halloween and they wanted me to slash the tires.”

‘ “Tuition is only going to increase 500 percent.”

‘ “I’m sorry, your loan has been denied. We have a work-study program available at the sewage plant.”

‘ “Dorm Food 101 is a required class. The criteria for passing is being able to consume the food without making a trip to Kishwaukee Community Hospital.”

‘ “The NIU football team has made it to a bowl.”

Of course there are other things that scare the hell out of students, but this column would end up being longer than the paper. The most important thing to remember about Halloween is you need to be a believer to have fun on this holiday. There’s nothing better than watching an old horror movie and scaring yourself.

If you are a nonbeliever, then at least try to have an open mind and enjoy the holiday.

And who knows, if you’re lucky, you’ll realize your apartment is haunted by some business major who didn’t pass the AQE and decided hari-kari was better than switching to communication studies. Happy haunting!