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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Hawaii chapter.

It’s that spooky time of year again, where we all dress up in costumes and party it up. Halloween in Hawai’i is a big deal! People spend months on their costumes and when you’re walking the Waikiki Strip, it totally shows. The weeks leading up to this iconic holiday are usually filled with parties, contests, events, and lots of memories. Last year, for example, I had six different costumes to wear to different events.

So my question is: “Are we skipping the pre-party to Halloween this year?”

After speaking to several UH students, I found their answers were all the same. Students are sad that there have been no events like there have been in the past. This month used to be scattered with themed parties and spooky events, but this year it’s just another exam filled month.

One student said, “October is usually one of the best months here because of all the stuff going on, but this year I’m disappointed to see that nothing is happening.”

Another said, “It doesn’t even feel like October, because we haven’t had the usual series of Halloween parties.”

One passionate student exclaimed, “Is Halloween even happening this year! What the heck is going on? There have been no pre-Halloween festivities!”

In this beautiful state, we do not have the changing of the seasons that many use to indicate the Fall season beginning. Instead we have the month of October that is supposed to be an epic pre cursor into the much anticipated holiday of Halloween. This year, everyone is confused and lost because the normal Halloween pre-party has yet to start and Halloween is only a week away!

What is happening? Is it ~really~ October?

Is this the start of October’s filled with nothing but school and our regular routines? Have we lost the Halloween spirit here at UH Manoa? Can anybody bring back the epic fun filled month of October to its former glory?

We can only hope this lull will end soon and the month of Halloween will be returned to the students lives on our little island.

Lena is a student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She is pursuing a Communciations degree with a focus in Digital Media, as well as dual minors in Business and English. In her free time, she loves being president of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and snorkeling on the weekends!