Our View: HallOUween’s doing it right

DKS Editors

The debate continues as to which Ohio university hosts the best Halloween party — Kent State University or Ohio University. College students and recent alumni travel for miles to Kent and Athens during Halloween weekend to don their costumes and drink more alcohol than they know they should.

While we are proud Golden Flashes and believe Kent Halloween has the edge, we think there is something to be learned from HallOUween.

For OU’s annual Halloween block party, police officers and city officials shut down the main part of town to everything but pedestrian traffic, ensuring that partygoers don’t get squished because they can’t cross the street fast enough. Additionally, food trucks, performance stages and Porta-Pottys are put up in the sanctioned section of town, which centralizes the party and offers a lot of different options for those wanting to participate.

Though we realize the city and Kent State’s police departments work hard to ensure students’ safety on Halloween and every other night of the year, we think Kent should adopt some of OU’s extra measures. This wouldn’t mean the university and police would be condoning out-of-control parties or underage drinking. It would mean both are actively working to make sure certain students could have a good time without worrying about safely getting from point A to point B, and quite honestly, a food truck specializing in Mexican food would be a nice addition to any night.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board, whose names are listed above.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.