Students celebrate the return of “Halloweek” to the Yale campus despite rain, police and crowd restrictions.
Last week, Yale students battled police, storms and crowds as they made their way through Yale’s first “Halloween” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dancing through closed clubs, broken tables in fraternity houses and hidden basements on the old campus, the week was distinct for Yale’s early years, who first lived out Halloween traditions often. chaotic. There were events on campus Wednesday through Sunday.
The week started with the much anticipated “Hallowoads”, which was closed after crowds of students pushed to enter Toad’s Place. However, the sirens and the police did not stop some students from partying.
“I watched my best friend kiss a Peter Pan in front of someone carried on a stretcher on the sidewalk,” said Whitney Blue ’25.
Those who couldn’t get into “Hallowoads” before it closed mingled on the sidewalk in the rain, some making new acquaintances while others planning how to collect the remnants of their buzz for the rest of the night.
But some students inside the club or stuck in the fray outside were shaken by the event and left dazed and confused.
“YTV interviewed me on the street coming out of the club and I really thought I was talking to Micheal Babaro,” said Amélie Halleman ’25.
Some students continued their Halloween festivities on Thursday in preparation for the weekend. An a cappella group threw a party that was completely packed at 12:30 a.m., with a crowd so eager to dance that they broke a table.
But some students had more fun than others.
“The DJ… was horrible,” said Kennedy Anderson ’25. “Ironic that the a cappella fraternity knows nothing about good party music. The venue featured a student DJ who told The News he “had done his best.”
On Friday, Branford College shone with its “Liquor Treating” event, where students moved between the entrances to receive small, pre-made cocktails. The “alcohol treatment” is an event held annually by several residential colleges for legal drinkers.
Later that night, a sea of demons, angels and cats made their way to the various Yale fraternity houses and other places of celebration. Since these events required an invitation, some early years came with secret plans to get in, including forcing their way through a back window of a brotherhood.
Chaos has befallen Edon, the mixed brotherhood of Yale, formerly known as the Sigma Phi Epsilon. In addition to crowded crowds and students struggling to get through the door, the rain posed a new challenge for students in fraternities, most of which have outdoor spaces.
“It was chaotic, all of a sudden it started to rain heavily and people were running around, mascara running down their faces and strands of hair stuck to their cheeks,” said Isabella Romero Stefanoni ’25.
The rain continued until Saturday evening, but many students flocked to fraternities and sports team mixers despite the weather.
Some students started their evening at a concert hosted by WYBC, the Yale campus-based radio station.
“The radio night was really fun,” said Logan Foy ’25. “There was [live music], and everyone was dancing and having a lot of fun.
Halloweek ended Sunday night with the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s annual Halloween performance. YSO returned to its signature midnight event, which takes place at Woolsey Hall every Halloween, and performed in front of a limited audience due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Dressed in their costumes for the last time this Halloween season, the students watched the show both in person and virtually, marking the finale of “Halloweek”.
The YSO presented its first Halloween Show in 1975.