Four years ago, my friends and I had a party and we called it “Birthoween”. This event with a funny name is now near and dear to our hearts. The inaugural Birthoween fell on the weekend of Halloween, Rebecca’s birthday, and the Ole Miss vs. Auburn game- just a week after Lauren’s birthday and mine. Seeing that half of my best friends went to Ole Miss or Auburn, we couldn’t resist a reunion. Thus, Birthoween was born.
Birthoween 2009 we dressed up as the Griffin family of Family Guy and paraded to a party that Rebecca told us, “no one you know will be there.” WRONG. We rocked it anyways. We slept 8 girls in 1 tiny dorm room— I slept in a corner under a towel. The Rebs were defeated but we made it out alive and topped the weekend off by carving a watermelon (sold out of pumpkins on Halloween) and being kicked out of a boys’ dorm after hours (team KQ and Laney breaking all the rules.)
Birthoween 2010 was in Oxford town. Our War Eagle friends made the voyage to Mississippi for a weekend of fun. The memories that stick out from this year are a big chocolate cake, a spongebob costume, and tailgating in the grove with some of my favorites.
Back to AU for Birthoween 2011. I was accompanied by my roomie Vigs that year. We made a long weekend out of it and acted as roadies for the Beware of Christians Show (A movie about leaving religion to follow Jesus— check our friends out on Netflix). We ate Chinese food, sat by a fire, watched Ryan rock a Frankenstein costume, and witnessed Toomer’s Corner get covered in white after the Auburn win.
Finally, Birthoween 2012: Senior Year! It was a two week event! Frist, friends came from Auburn, Southern Miss, and Belmont for BOW part 1! It was a wonderful weekend full of Taylor Swift Red, jell-o shots, and finally a Rebel win! Birthoween part 2 was the following weekend in Nashville as the Auburn tigers took on the Vanderbilt Commodores. We took advantage of Nashville shopping, Cheesecake Factory, and sweet friend time at Laney’s apartment.
And now, we have all graduated college and moved into the next phase of lives. Even though we are alumni (the old people), Ole Miss and Auburn will continue to battle every year. Birthoween, my favorite holiday, lives on! Happy Birthoween friends. Hotty Toddy and War Damn Birthoween.