Column: Concept of Halloween parties ruined by COVID

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez

Anybody who knows me personally knows that I love Halloween. I love eating whole bags of bite-sized candy, decorating my room in Halloween-themed decor, and having horror movie marathons with my friends. I also, of course, love Halloween costumes. If I am feeling crazy enough, I might even dress up and attend a Halloween party with some friends.

While I do love a good party, I am absolutely not feeling crazy enough to attend one in a post-COVID world. In fact, I think living in a post-COVID world has made me like the concept of partying even less. I once used to look forward to the yearly Halloween parties with enthusiasm, but the idea of attending a party with hundreds of strangers sounds all types of wrong.

Though parties can be fun, they also feature some of the filthiest things I have ever seen. Aspects of college party culture were already disgusting before, but these days, they sound a thousand times more gross. Parties might as well be an open invitation for COVID to spread.

For starters, parties are usually fully packed, with people having little to no moving room. A single house will have hundreds of sweaty people under one roof. The idea of somebody I do not know just breathing on me sends shivers down my spine.

Then there is the fact that people at parties share everything: cups, bottles, Juuls, bathrooms. I once went to a party where they passed around a bag of wine everybody drank from. I, of course, did not drink from it, but there were tons of people who did! As for the bathroom, most of the time, everybody shares a single toilet. The worst part about that is that most likely there won’t be any toilet paper available for when you are done using it.

Don’t even get me started on the fact that some people make their jungle juice in the bathtub. I have been to a party where they didn’t even try to hide it, leaving a red-stained bathtub for all attendees to see.

Of course, I have gone to my fair share of parties, and I quite enjoy them. I have even partaken in some of the behavior I am so against now. However, hosting or attending large gatherings for Halloween would be irresponsible. Based on the aspects of parties mentioned above alone, it is clear that parties are breeding grounds for COVID.

Parties are just not worth it. If you want to celebrate Halloween that badly, get a couple of friends together and do something as a small group. Do not put yourself and those around you in danger by attending parties this Halloween.

 

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez is a junior English major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]