The Haunting: Halloween at the University of Birmingham
If you are like me and hardly ever celebrated Halloween at home, you better start thinking about your costume for next year as University of Birmingham students take the day very seriously. Whether that’s because we take any opportunity to put the books down and have fun or it’s a good day to be confident and creative, Halloween is taken very seriously all over Selly Oak (the local student area). So seriously, that we suck up our dismay for house and drum n bass and get an Uber down to the Crane where the Haunting is held.
The Haunting is an event held Halloween weekend at the Crane which is about a 15 minute drive from Selly Oak. It starts early and finishes late. Like late late. Like the sun is coming up late. 6 am to be precise. With entry closing at 11pm, you have a lot of hours to fill so make sure you come prepared with a bum bag, cash and a fully charged phone. Oh and don’t wear white trainers (about three of my friends made that mistake). With all this in mind, you will undoubtedly have an amazing night. I celebrated with a late night pizza after.
The event is insanely good. As soon as you walk in, you’re met with buzzing music, hundreds of people and a dancefloor bigger than what I could ever try to describe. Although you think the music might not be your cup of tea, it incorporates classics with new trending sounds and gets you buzzed for the very long night you could potentially be in for. Everyone dresses up but whether this is all out face paint or a bit of blood on the corner of their mouth depends on the group. Everyone still tries to look appealing, if you’re bit more classic like me and believe Halloween should be scary, do not worry about looking attractive. Is Freddy Krueger appealing? Did Jigsaw put glitter on his temples? Does that scary grudge lady wear hot-pants? No, no and no. Moreover, be someone or something you love or have always been fascinated with. I brought out my inner teenage goth that never got a spot of daylight. I love music and I love its legends. So I wanted to be Marilyn Manson. He’s controversial and scary but actually very intellectual and slick if you take the time to find out about him. So I wanted to be him, even though every one of my friends gave me a funny look. Have no idea why… But what I’m trying to say is be who you want to be, and who you will have fun pretending to be on one of the best events for Birmingham students. It’s your night, so go nuts!
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