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Pavelko: Halloween couples are the new relationship standard

Collegian | Trin Bonner

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

Every relationship needs to be built on a strong foundation: one of trust, communication and support. But with the news flooded with stories of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner getting divorced and Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn breaking up, how are we supposed to know what a good relationship looks like? 


During this Halloween season, we should heed the examples we find in some of our favorite seasonal movies. Movies like “Scream” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” may not be the movies people traditionally look to for relationship advice, but Halloween films like these have produced some of the most iconic couples. It’s time to ignore the likes of “Love Actually” and look to spooky seasonal films. 

A good relationship needs a spark to get it started. But people find it hard to keep it going throughout the duration of the relationship, and they lose the passion that used to be there.

Luckily, the most passionate couple around thrives during Halloween. Gomez and Morticia Addams‘ passion for each other has never dwindled since their debut in The New Yorker in 1938. Despite the presences of a Frankenstein’s monster-like butler, a literal helping hand and two children, the two have always kept that spark in their relationship.

Whether the two show their admiration of each other with big tango dance numbers or small whispers of “mon cher” and “cara mia” throughout the day, the Addams show that you must put in the work to keep passion in your relationship. Gomez and Morticia show us that anything less shouldn’t be accepted. Even less orthodox couples like Chucky and Tiffany, whose passion for each other almost outweighs their passion for homicide, demonstrate the level of passion we should come to expect from a partner. 

But if Chucky and Tiffany’s level of intensity isn’t your style, there are other Halloween couples that are more subtle in their romance. Barbara and Adam from the film “Beetlejuice” take their vows of “till death do us part” literally. Even then, they didn’t let death stand in the way of their love for each other. While this situation isn’t ideal, at least you can haunt people together. There’s no denying their commitment to each other.

No one even comes close to beating them, except maybe Audrey and Seymour from “Little Shop of Horrors,” who don’t even let a flesh-eating plant from outer space stand in their way. Maybe Nick was willing to leave his family for Rachel in “Crazy Rich Asians,” but Seymour named a plant after Audrey, and a plant is always more romantic, even if it does end up being carnivorous. 

Of course, we can’t forget the Pumpkin King when talking about Halloween. Jack Skellington and Sally are a popular couple during the Halloween season. Even when Jack has his identity crisis and Christmas-centric whims, Sally and Jack make being themselves a priority. They allow the other to express themself and accept them for who they truly want to be. Everyone should have a partner who loves them and accepts them for exactly who they are. Jack and Sally are the definition of acceptance in a relationship.

These couples show the very best characteristics of relationships. Edward and Bella are out; Halloween couples are in. Maybe we can all take a little advice from the likes of Gomez, Morticia, Jack and Sally. But perhaps leave kidnapping Sandy Claws out of it.

Reach Hana Pavelko at or on Twitter @hanasolo13.


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Trin Bonner, Illustration Editor
Trin Bonner is the illustration editor for The Collegian newspaper. This will be her third year in this position, and she loves being a part of the creative and amazing design team at The Collegian. As the illustration editor, Bonner provides creative insight and ideas that bring the newspaper the best graphics and illustrations possible. She loves working with artists to develop fun and unique illustrations every week for the readers. Bonner is a fourth-year at Colorado State University studying electronic arts. She loves illustrating and comic making and has recently found enjoyment in experimental video, pottery and graphic design. Outside of illustration and electronic art, Bonner spends her free time crocheting and bead making. She is usually working on a blanket or making jewelry when she is not drawing, illustrating or brainstorming.

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