Halloween hullabaloo

Kent streets fill with Pac-Man, priest and psuedo-police as holiday celebration ensues

Clint, Keane and Bryan, who only gave their first names, act out their Halloween scene in downtown Kent on Saturday. The group dressed up pretending to give labor. KATIE ROUPE | DAILY KENT STATER

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8:31 p.m. – Ashlie Sisinger, senior architecture major, got ready for a sober evening downtown. “I don’t agree with the whole getting drunk and going out, that kind of thing, but the other part is okay.” She put the finishing touches on her makeup for her Tinkerbell costume and got ready to leave her residence hall.

8:39 p.m. – Sisinger’s friends, junior architecture major Rachel Schad and senior architecture major Lauren Frey sharpened their arrows for their Amazon woman costumes. “I love going downtown, because it’s crazy and I like to watch everybody and observe,” Schad said.

As architecture students, both girls said they loved looking at the costumes for details.

“Some of our friends made a Flintstones car,” Frey said. “They are the Flintstones, and they made it out of PVC pipe. They make sweet stuff. That’s my favorite part.”

9:35 p.m. – “Free pizza!” yelled a student passing out free Papa John’s. The students who were just beginning their journey to downtown were tantalized by free food and fun events at the Halloween Extravaganza. While several students stuck around the event, many others grabbed a slice of pizza on their way to a more populated and drunken area.

9:50 p.m. – A tow truck pulled into the parking lot of Susan’s Coffee and Tea and Burger King, and people rushed to their cars to move them before the tow truck got to work. An iPod walked with a McFry past Burger King.

10:14 p.m. – Julien Kuleck, a 2003 alumna, walked down Water Street carrying a large cross with a monkey on it.

“I’m kind of making a vague atheist statement,” Kuleck said.

Someone screamed, “Don’t crucify monkeys!”

Kuleck shouted back, “He died for your jeans!”

10:16 p.m. – A man in a Hawaiian shirt, dressed as Hunter S. Thompson from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” on Water Street shouted into a megaphone, “Keep humping the American Dream.”

10:17 p.m. – Seven people dressed as ex-presidents stood outside Huntington Bank on Water Street.


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10:17 p.m. – Pac-Man was gliding down Main Street, the Blue Barracudas, from “Legends of the Hidden Temple” traveled in packs downtown and Bert and Ernie walked down Lincoln Avenue with other childhood favorites.

10:19 p.m. – A man dressed as the killer from “Scream” yelled in a group of fifteen people at the corner of Main and Water streets, “The government considers us a mob. Let’s take over the city!”

10:20 p.m. – A man walked down the street with his dog. A confused girl asked aloud, “Is that a dog? Did someone dress as a dog?”

10:25 p.m. – Santa’s sleigh was led by a group of drunken reindeer down Water Street behind the cars.

10:27 p.m. – Downtown was in full swing as sidewalks were packed and Halloween partiers were herded like cattle by the cops to stay on the sidewalks.

10:30 p.m. – Ray’s Place on Franklin Avenue was home to hordes of angels, sumo wrestlers, nurses and faux celebrities.

“I love Halloween! Bark at the moon, baby, bark at the moon!” an Ozzy Osbourne look-alike shouted outside the bar. The next moment, a sprinting prisoner smashed into a paper box.

Outside the Zephyr Pub stood Borat, the fictional journalist created by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, shouting “Welcome fun party!” over and over.

10:34 p.m. – A condom box embraced a man dressed as a penis.

“You need a condom to cover yourself,” the box of condoms said.

10:38 p.m. – A man dressed in a Superman suit was pushed in a wheelchair across the street.

“I’m saving the world for the Daily Planet,” he shouted.

10:46 p.m. – “You’re the real cops!” a girl dressed as a police officer screamed to a group of police officers.

10:49 p.m. – “We are conquering the world,” a drunken student in his prison costume shouted. “Girls flashing boobs is the best costume. Halloween is the best. We like seeing big boobies. Let’s go!”

10: 53 p.m. -The sound of a chainsaw filled Water Street as Leatherface strutted down, posing for pictures and revving up the motor. Several partiers sprinted away scared that Leatherface would get them. Others laughed and grabbed their stomachs hoping not to lose their last beverage.

11 p.m. – “Oh, how I love a cop in uniform!” a man dressed as a maid screamed at a girl dressed as a police officer.

11 p.m. – Jon McCliment, a student at Youngstown State, glided down the street shouting random names, waiting for a response.

“Jessica! Rachel! Amy! Where have you been all my life?” he shouted, causing a female Ben Roethlisberger to turn and laugh.

McCliment, dressed as a zombie, later walked up to a Kent police car, siren blaring, and did the only thing he knew to do.

“Shhhhh!” he said, poking the car to be quiet.

The bitter cold and high winds of the night did nothing to deter people from wild and crazy costumes.

11:05 p.m. – Scantily clad race car girls, nurses, policewomen and maids braved the wind and bounced from bar to bar as the night went on.

11:06 p.m. – The sidewalks were completely covered with mud. One side of the street yelled “O-H” and the other side screamed the “I-O.” Sophomore business major Todd Stopera stood with his friends on the side, on the grass, and warned people about a puddle.

“It’s amazing,” Stopera said. “There’s so many crazy people and there is enough beer to feed a fish.”

11:18 p.m. – A priest and an alien walked down the street. The priest greeted people by saying “God bless you.”

11:19 p.m. – “Move back,” a cop yelled to the mass of students congregating outside The Loft. “You need to stay on the sidewalk.”

Several students stumbled on the curb, trying to get back on the sidewalk.

“You need to form a straight line if you want to get into this bar,” a worker from The Loft yelled.

The amoebae-like form of the bar-goers ignored the commands of the worker. Instead they laughed and hiccuped, trying to make room for more alcohol.

11:21 p.m. – A pope walked down Main Street holding hands with a girl wearing fishnets with her police uniform.

11:31 p.m. – George W. Bush, Zorro and Captain Jack Sparrow gathered together on the sidewalk to figure out where to go as fire trucks whirled down Main Street.

11:37 p.m. – Teletubbies got separated as they crossed the street. Laa-Laa and Dipsy were left behind as the light changed while Po and Tinky Winky rushed on. A group dressed as construction workers yelled “O-H-I-O” as they walked across the street.

11:37 p.m. – “Watch this,” sophomore nursing major Erin Wood said.

A group of students dressed up as dominos showed how their costumes work as they all fell in a line.

“Isn’t it great!” Wood said, as she brushed off the dirt from her costume.

11:45 p.m. – Another female Ben Roethlisberger treated a light pole as a stripper pole, eliciting cheers from groups of guys all around.

12:15 a.m. – Proto Man, from the “Mega Man” video game series, squared off against Mario and Luigi outside of Ray’s Place, and the two sides shouted back and forth.

12:23 a.m. – “Hey, who lost a camera?” someone yelled outside on the corner of Main and Water streets.

“Oh, I’ll take it,” a girl slurred back, proclaiming it isn’t even hers. “Hey, take a picture.”

With a snap and a flash, another picture of flushed happy faces is added to the unidentified roll of film.

12:35 a.m. – A group of walking beer kegs stumbled into Ray’s Place, causing a group of people to laugh at the ironic event.

12:48 a.m. – Shivering students began to make their way back to campus as others just started their trip downtown. Two guys held up a puking woman who was trying to walk at the same time, without much success.

“I’m all right,” she shouted.

1:35 a.m. – Exhausted partiers struggled to look sober as they walked back to their residence halls. Thoughts of future hangovers clouded their minds as they remembered some of their night.

2 a.m. – Tony Montana from “Scarface” hassled a group of cheerleaders near the shops on Main Street. Superman walked by, avoiding the conflict.

2:20 a.m. – A priest glided along Franklin Avenue, preaching about the end of existence to all within an earshot.

3 a.m. (closing time) – A horde of “Scream” characters sprinted out of the Zephyr. Mega Man soon followed, along with a group of female angels, the beer kegs and a particularly drunken vampire. Walking down Main Street was Ash from the movie “Army of Darkness,” chainsaw arm and all, wobbling up Midway Drive back to his dorm. More students, out of their costumes, walked around the dorms well into the morning, signaling an end to the Halloween festivities.

Contact off-campus entertainment reporter Zach Wilson at [email protected].

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