The Top: Halloween Costumes on Campus

UCR students and staff displaying their Halloween costumes on campus

Staffers Christy Zwicke and Christina Rodriguez dressed up as Wayne and Garth from the movie "Wayne's World."

Staffers Christy Zwicke and Christina Rodriguez dressed up as Wayne and Garth from the movie "Wayne's World."

Welcome to Inside UCR’s newest feature, The Top!

Each issue, we’re presenting a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites— from walking spots to Zen gardens to events. This week, we’re featuring the top costumes that roamed around campus on Halloween. If you have a favorite spot you’d like featured or an activity you’d like to share, email lille.bose@ucr.edu.

1. Angel and Flapper

Marcus Pennington and Stefani Andrews dressed up for Halloween

Marcus Pennington and Stefani Andrews dressed up for Halloween

When asked why these UCR students picked their costumes, Marcus Pennington, the angel, answered, “I am a cheap grad student and this was all already in my closet.” The flapper, Stefani Andrews, said,“I like to dress up, and really it was because I wanted to wear the fishnets and gloves.”

2. Banana

Howard Chung in his ap-peel-ing costume

Howard Chung in his ap-peel-ing costume

UCR student Howard Chung left people smiling when they came across him in his banana costume. That was his motivation for dressing up on campus this Halloween season. “I’m just trying to do something funny for the day,” Chung said.

3. Lumberjack

Decked out in plaid and suspenders, Ricardo Lopez shows his Halloween spirit

Decked out in plaid and suspenders, Ricardo Lopez shows his Halloween spirit

Ricardo Lopez, UCR student, chose to be a lumberjack. “I feel like lumberjacks are underrated during Halloween. Not a lot of people dress up as them,” Lopez explained.

4. Queen of Hearts and Devil

Sheila Anthony and Michelle Martinez in their Halloween outifts

Sheila Anthony and Michelle Martinez in their Halloween outifts

Sheila Anthony (devil) and Michelle Martinez (Queen of Hearts), employees from Dining Services, brought the Halloween festivities to the HUB with their costumes. When choosing her Halloween outfit, Anthony wanted something “simple,” she said. And Martinez was inspired by the television series “Once Upon a Time” when she was deciding what to wear on Halloween.

5. “What Do the Sox Say?”

Not only a Halloween costume but also a tribute to the Boston Red Sox

Not only a Halloween costume but also a tribute to the Boston Red Sox

Margene Mastin-Schepps, executive director of marketing and creative services, showed off her Halloween spirit with her costume, and  her support for the Boston Red Sox winning the MLB World Series. “What Do the Sox Say?” is a take on the viral music video, “What Does the Fox Say?” Mastin-Schepps enthusiastically added, “What do the Sox say? Boston, Boston, Boston Strong! Congratulations!”

6. Grotesque Character

A deformed devil? A hunchback? What is this grotesque creature? The world will never know.

A deformed devil? A hunchback? What is this grotesque creature? The world will never know.

Luis Sanz, creative director in the Office of Strategic Communications, said his costume wasn’t of any particular character. “My kids were both dressing up for school and my daughter was a bit embarrassed to go in a costume. She said that she would dress up only if I dressed up for my office too. I called her dare, took the cape that I used for the Renaissance Faire. My son gave me the mask, which is some kind of deformed devil. I had to put it on because a promise is a promise. I walked around the office without saying anything so people were trying to guess who this grotesque character was. It was funny.”

7. Healthcare.gov Computer Troubles

"Healthcare.gov  404  File Not Found"

“Healthcare.gov
404
File Not Found”

“Healthcare.gov  404  File Not Found” — that’s what Kris Lovekin, director of media relations, wore for Halloween. She chose her costume because  “the computer troubles in Healthcare.gov are about the scariest thing I can think of.” She added, “This is an important piece of legislation and it’s having a really rough rollout. I decided to wear it to work because one of my committees was having a costume contest. And I won! (Thanks to the smoke-free committee for my gift card.)”

8. Grass Man

Must be Halloween at UCR - or something escaped from one of the labs.

Must be Halloween at UCR – or something escaped from one of the labs. Photo by Steve Whitestone

 

Dubbed “Grass Man,” the anonymous person beneath the shrubbery gave UCR students a scare by blending in with the plants on campus. We thought it was Senior Public Information Officer Ross French, but he said, “I never wore a Halloween costume. I don’t know what you are talking about. I was sitting at my desk all day long.”

9. Cheetah

Arielle Hom in her grr-eat costume

Arielle Hom in her grr-eat costume

Arielle Hom, Latitude 55 manager, used her Halloween costume as an excuse to wear her new cheetah-print sneakers. “I really wanted to wear my new shoes and this cheetah costume matches it perfectly,” said Hom excitedly.

10. Cowgirl

Yee-haw!

Yee-haw!

To UCR student Sophia Parks, dressing up as a cowgirl does not happen just once a year. “I’m from Murrieta and people usually dress like this, so this isn’t really a costume for me,” Park stated.

11. Wayne’s World

Wayne's World comes to UCR

Wayne’s World comes to UCR

Christy Zwicke (with fellow video producer Christina Rodriguez) had this to say about dressing up as Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World”: “Wayne’s World is one of my favorite movies; I grew up head bashing to Bohemian Rhapsody.  And it’s directed by a woman!”

Rodriguez added, “I also grew up watching this classic — so much so, that I am able to recite most of the movie, which is now part of my DVD collection. You can never go wrong with SNL characters.”

12. No-Face

Anonymous UCR student dressed up as No Face from Hayao Miyazaki's animated film, "Spirited Away"

Anonymous UCR student dressed up as No Face from Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film, “Spirited Away”

Dressed as No-Face from the Japanese animated fantasy film, “Spirited Away,” the anonymous UCR student’s outfit proved to be a campus favorite as many requested pictures with the amazingly accurate costume.

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