Born in the isolation of a Northfield, Minnesota winter, Halfway to Halloween rapidly grew into a global phenomenon, at least in the mind of its founder, Charlie Biskupic.
He should have been writing a term paper on that fateful day in 2007. Instead, he invented a holiday.
“It had been a long winter,” he said. “I envisioned a holiday that would bring people together, one built on half the effort and twice the fun.”
That became the battle cry, as event planners Charlie and his friends invited students at St. Olaf College to put on a less-than-spectacular costume and meet outside. Since then, on or near the last weekend in April, Halfway to Halloween parties have sprung up in Minnesota, Chicago, and New York (a trajectory that not coincidentally followed the founder’s career path.)
Naturally underscored by Bon Jovi, a classic American hair band, “Wooah, we’re halfway there…”, Halfway to Halloween might have died once its founding members graduated and made their way out into the world. Instead, it has gathered steam.
This past weekend marked a milestone for the young holiday, a simultaneous bi-state celebration. We attended the Madison, Wisconsin version, which featured live acappella music, and a ticket line that stretched halfway around the block.
Meanwhile, in Harlem, Charlie presided over his traditional soiree.
Enjoy these pictures of a raucous evening, and plan now for your own Halfway to Halloween party…but don’t plan too well. Remember the battle cry: Half the effort, twice the fun.