Halloween haunts Dinkytown

University of Minnesota students dressed in costumes of all shapes and sizes took to the streets to celebrate Halloween.

by Cody Vanasse

Monsters, superheroes, cartoon characters and pirates took to the streets of the University of Minnesota campus on a chilly Saturday night to celebrate Halloween and a Gophers football victory. Cars lined the streets of University Avenue as students paraded around Dinkytown in quirky, creepy and crazy Halloween costumes. Junior Andrew LaValle spent only a day pulling together his Colonel Sanders costume. âÄúI had just about everything except the wig,âÄù said LaValle, who toted a stuffed pet chicken and American flag hat. He was heard roaming the streets asking passerby students if they had âÄútried his chicken bowls.âÄù Although LaValle put forth an âÄúeggcellentâÄù effort, it paled in comparison to the $400 and four-months University alumnus Tod Murray spent preparing his costume. Murray, dressed as Godzilla, was a hit among his fellow revelers, taking numerous photos with passer-bys and showing off his elaborate suit. âÄúI originally made the costume for a sci-fi convention,âÄù Murray said. âÄúI hand sculpted, painted, cast the mask myself, and my spikes light up with LED lights.âÄù While Murray roared up and down 4th Street terrorizing those waiting in line outside bars and restaurants, the streets were filled with Power Rangers, wrestlers, gorillas and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. âÄúIâÄôve got green paint in places you do not want green paint,âÄù one turtle said.