10 of the best Halloween-themed treats on Pinterest

Whatever your plans may be this weekend, we’ve got the Halloween-themed treats you need to make it a little spookier — in the best way.

 

This spooky spin on every college student’s favorite food…

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For those who’ve decided to stay in and binge-watch classic Halloween movies…

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This adorable adaptation of a crowd favorite…

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A healthy Halloween-themed option…

 

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This one’s called “Hallowine” Sangria. Need I say more?

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For the kid in all of us…

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Anyone looking to get freaky this Halloween?

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This witchin’ cocktail…

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Or this one…

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A really popular snack during Halloween…

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Do you have any Halloween-themed treats you’d like to share with us? Let us know!

Reviewing the best pizza in Athens

Staying healthy is a hard task in college. Students are either eating too much junkfood or just not eating enough. Either way, the fact that pizza is so readily available on campuses (including this one) is both a blessing and a curse. Regardless of whether you’re healthy or not, pizza is essential to surviving the stress of college. Here are what I thought of the pies from three different venues in Athens.

BY THE SLICE

GoodFella’s is the only regularly by-the-slice pizza in Athens (unless you count the dining halls, and I don’t). And I don’t know who would want to compete with them. Pizza for lunch may not be ideal (though it’s easy to see the competitive advantage GoodFella’s has) and it’s a little expensive, but it is worth it here.

Crust: the pizza at Good Fella’s is made in a square pan-style and the crust is very thick. But it’s also soft and quite tasty. It’s actually a little sweet. It still tastes like pizza crust, though. And it’s good. A

Sauce: the tomato sauce is bright red and has a light, pure taste to it. The only problem is that there isn’t enough of it, possibly because of how much space the crust takes up. B

Cheese: The cheese is decent. It’s nothing special, but it’s not cardboard tasting stuff that many small pizzerias depend on. B

Toppings: There isn’t much offered here outside of pepperoni, but every day there is a different specialty pizza available which can be anything from bacon mac-and-cheese pizza to pesto style. Also, the pepperoni is pretty good. B

Overall: Good Fella’s is not a world class pizza joint. It is a place where you can get a simple slice of pizza for lunch. And that slice might not fill you up, but it will taste good. B

LOCAL DELIVERY

Courtside Pizza (which does offer pizza by-the-slice on designated nights) is a solid option for delivery if you’re bored with chains.

Crust: The crust is a little crunchy and not too dominating. It also tends to get really greasy. That definitely has its upside, though. B

Sauce: The sauce at Courtside Pizza is rich and red. There’s also plenty of it (which, in my opinion, results in a better pie). This can make a slice messy, but I think it’s worth it. A

Cheese: As with the sauce, there is no shortage of cheese on a pizza from Courtside pizza. But again, I think it’s justified. The cheese is messy, but it tastes great and complements the sauce perfectly. A

Toppings: Courtside Pizza has all the regular toppings, but is also willing to make pizzas with anything from buffalo chicken to potatoes. A

Overall: Courtside Pizza is a number of things. It is messy, greasy, and stuffed with ingredients. It is also delicious. A

DELIVERY FRANCHISE

Plus-1 Pizza is the closest you can get to a national chain in Athens without patronizing a national corporation.

Crust: The crust at Plus-1 is either thin or hand-tossed that is intriguingly close to pan-style. The hand-tossed is tasty, but it’s also greasy and a little hard to chew. It does deserve credit for creativity thanks to the “topper seasonings,” such as garlic herb, butter cheese, and ranch that are available, though.  B

Sauce: The sauce at Plus-1 isn’t great and it’s not terrible. It’s just kind of there. It’s got some taste, but it’s really just filler between the cheese and the crust. If that doesn’t appeal to you, though, you might prefer to choose a different one from the seven others that are available. B

Cheese: The cheese was really impressive. Instead of just using mozzarella, Plus-1 uses a blend of both mozzarella and provolone. If that’s not enough, delicacies like smoked gouda and asiago are also available. The asiago was unique and that set it apart for me. A

Toppings: As far as toppings go, Plus-1 offers a number of interesting options, ranging from the normal with a twist (three different pepperoni types to choose from) to the bizarre (rib-eye steak). For me, though, it was enough to stick with regular pepperoni and it worked out well. After that, you can even choose to have sauce on top of the pizza such as garlic or ranch. B

Overall: Plus-1 was definitely the most interesting of the pizzas I tried. But interesting doesn’t always equal great. While it’s certainly doesn’t hurt to take risks, the ones Plus-1 took don’t help the pizza enough to ensure an A grade. B

Pizzas are served in multiple different tastes and shapes. Pizza is hard to screw up. Bad pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s a good thing most of the pizza in Athens, a college town, is good. And Courtside Pizza is the best (at least, out of the three that I tried).

Preparing for madness: Athens gets ready for HallOUween

How do you spell it?

H-a-l-l-o, wait, w-e-e-n? That doesn’t look right. Spell it again.

Oh, you said H-a-l-l-O-U-w-e-e-n.

As the month of October inches towards its end in Athens, the cool, crisp fall air isreplaced with swirling anticipation as the annual HallOUween block party lives, usually, in the final days of the tenth month of the year.

After celebrating its 40th anniversary last year, this year, the 41st, could prove to be even more special as the block party falls on the actual date of Halloween.

Yes, the famous block party that has its own Facebook, Twitter and website is expected to carry the regular intensity that it has brought in years past. And with this intensity, the city of Athens and Ohio University are taking the usual precautions in order to make sure that minimal danger is presented and that any amount of fun is maximized.

According to an article from The Post, the number of stages for live music will decrease from three to two.

“Three stages were very difficult in terms of staffing and getting everything going,” Brandon Thompson said, per The Post. “(Cost) is a big thing. Halloween is all Kickstarter and sponsorships. We’re not making a ton of money.”

In terms of parking, all meters up and down Court Street will be bagged and unavailable to residents and visitors. The parking garage on East Washington Street, which has been closed since Oct. 16 for renovations, should reopen fully on Oct. 30, according to an article by Conor Morris for The Athens NEWS.

With parking already being scarce in Athens, this could pose a problem for incoming visitors as some arrive a few days early. The Athens County Fairgrounds are open for parking with the entrance fee being only $10 for the entire weekend.

Parking difficulty isn’t the only byproduct of the influx of guests to this small, Appalachian town. Since attendance has increased the few past years, the guest registration fee for students living in the residence halls at Ohio University has also increased this year. The formally $35 fee is now $50.

Per Morris, the reasoning behind this increase is to offset the cost that regulating and preparing for HallOUween entails.

In a statement from OU spokesperson Katie Quaranta, from the Morris article, some of the costs include “overtime for the OU Police Department, Parking and Transportation, grounds and custodial services.” The overall budget that the University usually sets aside for HallOUween is around $100,000.

Featured image courtesy of the Athens Halloween Twitter account.

 

Eating brunch in Athens is easier than you think

Brunch is an activity usually associated with New Yorkers and Sundays, but Ohio University has helped put Athens on the map for the oftentimes boozy meal.

Sol Restaurant

The Cuban-themed restaurant, 33 N. Court St., is famous among Ohio University students for its Saturday brunch. The midday meal is often accompanied by bottomless mimosas, which only cost $6 when customers also purchase a food entree. Brunch is from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, though the mimosa deal is only available on Saturdays

Hanging lights welcome patrons into Sol, which is located down an alley. The traditional Spanish omelet and the Cuban French toast are two of my personal favorites, though most customers visit the eatery because of champagne and orange juice.

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Purple Chopstix

This restaurant proudly declares on its website that despite what the name may imply, “It’s not Chinese” food. Instead of solely serving food from that country, Purple Chopstix, 371 Richland Ave., includes a wide variety of options on its brunch menu. Sunday brunch at the restaurant, according to its website, is served buffet style and varies week to week.

The building is made out of bricks and accented with teal and orange edges, creating a welcoming atmosphere that may remind customers of a home, which goes with the history of the place. In 1989, Ed Fisher opened Purple Chopstix and now, his son Gabe helps work at the restaurant.

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Village Bakery & Cafe

This Athens establishment, 268 E. State Street, is trying to do its part to help sustain the local economy by serving food from the area. According to its website, “Our menu will always reflect what’s in season in Southeast Ohio, so you will taste a connection to the farms around us no matter when you visit.”

That carries over to Sunday brunch at the restaurant, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each week. Local eggs are used in quiches as well as frittatas. Local syrup supplier Sticky Pete’s Maple Syrup also makes several appearances on the brunch menu.


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The notorious Palmer Fest

Whether you are a partygoer or not, you are probably aware of the annual Palmer Fest if you are an Ohio University student or live in the Athens area. This fest has become one of Athens’ most recognizable events. On that note, let’s review some of the notorious instances that have taken place in recent years.

 

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student being arrested

In 2010, Ohio University’s Student Senate set up “hydration stations” where volunteers passed out water to people who attended the fest, but this safety act did not prevent intoxicated people from lighting things on fire at the fest. An OU sophomore, who was 20 years old at the time, burned a couch at the fest. The student was charged with aggravated rioting and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges brought against him.

 

 

 

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poster for safety campaign

In 2011, the University Communications and Marketing designed a poster for the fest’s safety campaign. The poster featured a Las Vegas-style sign with the words “What happens in Athens stays on,” followed by the logos of Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google, Myspace and YouTube. The idea behind this poster was to not only promote safety, but educate the students about the power of social media and how their actions could impact their careers, especially for seniors who were applying for jobs. In the meantime, OU Student Senate decided to work with Students Defending Students to make sure everyone knew about the difference between Halloween, a city-sanctioned street festival and the Spring fests, such as Palmer Fest, which are not city approved. The senate targeted on-campus students rather than off-campus students

Most recently, in 2012, a fire broke out at Palmer Fest and caused the evacuation of thousands of people who attended the fest. The fire was later ruled as arson, and all accidental causes were excluded by the investigators.

 

Video: 2012 Palmer Fest house fire

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The disruptive behaviors at Palmer Fest triggered Athens officials and law enforcement to reintroduce an old law in August 2012, which was the “Nuisance Party” law. The law was originally passed by the City Council in 2009 to give police the right to arrest people who continue to engage in disruptive behavior after a party has been shut down. More police manpower was enforced on the weekends to implement the nuisance party code.

 

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fire truck at the Palmer fest

Although things may seem out of hand at Palmer Fest, it is likely to remain as one of Athens’ most celebrated fests in the spring. Mayor Paul Wiehl said in 2012 after the fire that banning the fests would actually be “unconstitutional.” Instead, the city should do as much as possible to secure the fests.

 

Saturdays and the scrambling Shively dwellers

2015-10-23 16.48.13Six out of seven days of the week, there is a line coming out of the Shively Dining Hall, tracking almost the entirety of Morton Hill. When it closes every Saturday, however, Shively residents are left scrambling to find a place to eat. They are filled with exhaustion, hopeless looks in their eyes and hungry bellies. What are they to do for food each Saturday?

For some people, the simple solution would be to just walk down the hill and eat at Nelson. Freshman biochemistry major and Shively resident Erika Stroh said, “I usually just go to Nelson.” Traveling to Nelson is not that simple of a task for a spoiled Shively resident. As a resident of Shively Hall myself, I can personally attest for how convenient it is to live directly above a dining hall. I am definitely spoiled as are my fellow hall mates. The trek to Nelson is seemingly short and effortless, but after a long week of classes, the thought of walking back up the dreaded Morton Hill after eating a big meal is entirely unpleasant.

If a fellow friend from Shively is feeling brave enough, it is a fairly common thing to walk up to Court Street for some food options there. Freshman Shively resident Katie Grace said, “I go to Nelson and [my roommate] and I usually eat out on Saturday nights.” Similar to walking to Nelson, it’s often too much effort for an exhausted college student. So if they somehow muster up the strength and desire, a Shively kid can be found with a Chipotle bag, pizza box or a drink from wherever they journeyed. Stroh also said, “If I’m feeling risky, I go to Chipotle.”

2015-10-23 16.58.29Another less popular but very real option is forfeiting the opportunity to eat a “real” meal on that one day. I know there have been a few Saturdays in which I’ve survived solely on saltines in my dorm. In a mix of being too comfortable in their beds to get up, not giving any effort to get food and not wanting to spend money, Shively residents can be heard rustling through their refrigerators and stashes of snacks for something to hold them over until Sunday.

There is a potential happy medium to all of these options: ordering food. Delivery, in my opinion, is one of the best inventions. My fellow Shively residents and I have found ourselves wondering what on earth we would eat on some Saturdays. But then someone in the group strikes genius and poses the option of ordering something. With this option, students can order their own things separately or split the total of a pizza to reduce the amount of money spent. It is glorious.

This coming Saturday, like all other Saturdays, my fellow spoiled Shively residents and I are going to be hunting for the best dining option since our beloved Shively Dining Hall won’t be operating. If a keen eye is kept, they can succeed in their search for food.

Three essential HallOUween actions to survive the night

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1) Do not lose your friends

On Halloween, especially in Athens, having a group of people to attack the craziness may be one of the essential HallOUween actions one must take. The population on campus will triple on Oct.31 and cellular services will be questionable due to the excessive amount of people. To avoid this, I would create a meeting point where everyone could come together.

 

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2) Wear a costume without a mask

If you can find a costume that is unique and creative without a mask, you will enjoy your night more. When you are wear a mask or something that covers your face, not only will you get sweaty, but you’ll have to adjust it, itch under it and every time you eat or drink, you’d take it off. It is an essential HallOUween action because without a mask your night will be easier.

3) Keep a string bag with your valuables in it

People nowadays have mastered the art of deception. My last HallOUween action is the first thing your parents tell you when you leave the house, “Keep track of your stuff!” Pockets are not protected and holding your valuables in your hand is risky because you can accidentally put them down. My solution… Put it all in a bag on your back. Just don’t get it stolen.

‘Post’ issues throwback covers to celebrate Homecoming

The independent student newspaper at Ohio University has had its fair share of changes in the past 100 years.

Whether that’s been in its flag (The Post used to go by The Ohio University Post, The Green and WhiteThe Daily Yell, The College Mirror and a few others) or its staff, it’s pretty much a given that the newspaper will look vastly different every decade or so.

For those alumni that became devoted readers during their time at OU, that means returning to a newspaper Homecoming Weekend they may only recognize by name.

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Knowing that, designers at The Post spent the week leading up to Homecoming crafting front pages that boasted fonts, margins and designs that were decades old (and pretty difficult to recreate.) Designers started the week with the year 1943 and worked their way up to present day. 1943’s front page was particularly challenging to mirror, as there was almost no art placed in the paper during that time.

Interestingly enough, the issue The Post used for inspiration featured a story that announced WOUB would begin broadcasting once a week on Tuesday nights, according to a Post editorial. Now, WOUB’s broadcasts can be heard in three states, and its television counterparts can be viewed in four.

The same Post editorial describes that the same front page previewed OU’s Walter Sylvester Gamertsfelder’s inaugural event, which would take   place the following week.

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Tuesday, The Post took its front page to the 1950s. That design allowed for more photos (and more forgiving headline space), but still managed to look out-of-place with a story about one OU student’s success with YouTube.

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For the 1970s, The Post had to travel to one of its ugliest design eras. The flag was placed just above the fold, and the text managed to wrap itself in a way so confusing the reader surely would lose track of whatever story he or she was reading and opt for another activity, instead. Luckily, The Post prevailed through that decade.

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Finally, The Post mirrored the 1990s. As one could imagine, that design isn’t too terribly different from where the paper’s at today. The reader might notice, however, that The Post employed a more modern flag in the 1990s and opted for a thinner typeface. Even so, the archives designers pulled the front page inspiration from were yellowed and worn. That front page is stiller older than some OU students.

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Top 5 places to eat before a night out

Are you trying to decide on a place to eat before going out with your friends for your 21st birthday? Maybe you’re going to see a touring Broadway show at Memorial Auditorium but need to find a place to have a quality meal beforehand? With so many wonderful places to eat in Athens, it can be hard to narrow down your choices. No need to worry; I’ve done the research for you! These five eateries, all of which can be found on or just off of Court Street, are the best places to enjoy a meal before any kind of occasion.

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Casa Nueva – 6 West State Street (All photos by Brooke Robinson)

Casa Nueva is a classic Athens favorite, and with delicious Mexican-style food, vegan and gluten-free options, and live music, it’s no wonder why. Casa even uses ingredients like pawpaws when they’re in season for a truly unique dining experience. Friendly service, a casual ambience, and some of the best quesadillas in town make this restaurant a hit.

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O’Betty’s Red Hot – 15 West State Street

Perhaps you need to grab your food and run? Just across the street from Casa Nueva, O’Betty’s is a great little hole in the wall with famously delectable hot dogs. All the hot dogs on the menu are named after famous exotic and burlesque dancers, and vegetarian options are available. My personal recommendation is the Lily, which comes topped with homemade baked beans and cole slaw. Also, if you’re a cheese fan, their cheesy fries are the bomb. You can’t go wrong with O’Betty’s.

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Sol – 33 North Court Street

Athens is known for having a variety of exotic cuisines, and Sol is the epitome of that. This restaurant specializes in Cuban dishes along with traditional college student favorites such as loaded nachos (with cheese, black beans, lettuce, tomato, fire-roasted salsa, red onion, and sour cream – yum). Many of their dishes are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Try their Cuban fusion wrap, fish tacos, or maduros (slightly cartelized plantains) and enjoy the friendly staff.

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Salaam – 21 West Washington Street

The minute you step into Salaam, the atmosphere sets the stage for the meal you’re about to have. Beaded curtains, colorful tapestries, and the hospitable employees make you feel right at home and ready for some amazing Mediterranean food. Try a plate of their Mediterranean pasta (penne pasta with basil pesto, feta, and sun-dried tomato) or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, the vegan vegetable curry with tofu (fresh vegetables with fried tofu and a tomato/coconut milk curry sauce served over basmati rice with coriander chutney and papadum).

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Fluff Bakery – 8 North Court Street

Or maybe you’re more of the Leslie Knope-type and prefer to just fill up on dessert or baked goods before going out. Although Fluff Bakery also carries entrée-type food (sandwiches, salads, and salmon, just to name a few), they’re best known for their bakery, as you may have guessed. Their cannoli, pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes, macaroons, cinnamon twists, etc., are to die for. If you’re not hungry before walking in, the smell of the kitchen will have your mouth watering in no time.

When it’s colder, Bobcats find their own sun

Students are recovering from the lack of sun by utilizing the tanning salons near campus.

Despite the health concerns of tanning beds, Marissa Kamlowsky, a worker for Outer Glow, said the time before Halloween and other holidays such as Christmas are the busiest for the tanning salon.

“Everyone wants to be tan,” she said. “And there’s not a set limit for the times you tan per week once you’re over 18 years old.”

Kamlowsky said the health risks are there when using a tanning bed regularly, but all the establishment advises is to consult with a doctor prior to tanning.

“It just depends,” she said. “I know from personal experience that I have an aunt who has psoriasis and she gets prescribed to tan by her doctor.” 

USA Today reported that 59 percent of college students recalled using a tanning bed, and 43 percent of college students have used a tanning bed within the past year.

“I have never tanned before,” Taylor Hirth, a sophomore studying media arts and studies with an emphasis on music recording. “I burn very easily, just going outside I get red. I’ve kind of accepted that and embraced the pale lifestyle though.”

Students have two more tanning salons nearby for them to walk to in between classes such as Tropical Tanning Salon, 11 W. State St. and Attractions, 19 N. Court St.

Hirth said since she is not very fond of tanning beds and they can lead to skin problems such as melanoma, she has not utilized any of the salons in Athens.

“I feel like tanning beds don’t necessarily make you look bad, but it’s just quite obvious in the winter that you go tanning,” Hirth said. “I would never go myself. I’d rather be pale then get cancer.”

Regardless of the risk, young people can’t seem to stay away from the ultraviolet light according to Slate. In fact, going tanning has been reported from womensenews.org that it gives women a mood boost and raises girls’ confidence.

Typically, there are three levels of intensity for tanning beds, and the highest level allows one to tan up to 12 minutes for one session. For Outer Glow, 14 S. Court St., the workers use a highly concentrated solution to disinfect the beds, eyewear and towels, Kamlowsky said.

The shop also offers spray tanning for students.

“I personally like the spray more because I like the color it makes my skin,” Kamlowsky said. “When I tan (from the sun) I get more of like a red tint, but when I spray I get more of an even golden brown color. Some people like tanning (beds) more because their own skin tans better.”

Hirth said she has quite a few friends who “swear by the tanning bed” regularly and a few people who spray tan before big events and holidays.

“I feel like it’s safer to get a spray tan, but it doesn’t look as real. You can get a good one done, but most of the time you’re just going to look orange and splotchy,” Hirth said. “I went to an all-girls school and you could tell it was prom season or a dance season when everyone would come in a couple days before the dance and their hands were all orange and splotchy. You have to be a lot more careful how it looks.”