Photos by Gordon Lew, Class of 2015
Tony the Tiger mingles with Chairman Mao, while Captain Ahab scans the crowd for his white whale, and Count Olaf talks excitedly to a series of Tetris blocks. This isn’t your traditional Halloween party.
Every year, Burton-Judson Courts holds a dorm-wide Halloween party to promote interaction among its six houses. It’s also a prime opportunity for each house to show off its creative talent and competitive spirit—with just a dash of madness thrown into the mix.
As part of the event, each house participates in the Halloween Contest, which has three elements: costumes, pumpkin carving, and door decorations—all according to a theme chosen by House members. This year, the Houses’ themes were:
- Dodd-Mead: Boxes
- Chamberlin: Mythological Figures
- Vincent: Grimm’s Fairy Tales
- Coulter: Literary Villains
- Salisbury: Historical Figures
- Linn-Mathews: Cereals
Salisbury and Coulter tied for first place overall. Linn-Mathews placed third, Dodd-Mead placed fourth, and Chamberlin and Vincent tied for fifth.
One change from previous years: each house asked its faculty fellow to judge, to make the contest more impartial. (Each house’s faculty fellow participates in activities with his/her house periodically during the year.) Most students thought this judging change was a good move, even if it meant trying to explain to noted Shakespeare scholar Professor David Bevington what exactly an Internet meme is. If that doesn’t sum up a UChicago Halloween, then I don’t know what does.
Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:00pm