In an email sent to the Brown community Friday morning, Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy Russell Carey announced a new COVID-19 safety rule limiting group Halloween costumes to five or fewer people.
“To prevent COVID-19 outbreaks stemming from Halloween parties this year, all group costumes can have no more than five members,” Carey wrote, noting that no exceptions can be made for larger group costumes that have been in the works for a long time. “This means, for example, if you’ve been planning on going as Snow White and the seven dwarves or the main cast of Friends, you’ll need to change your plans.”
Carey emphasized that this rule will allow small groups of students to continue dressing as time-honored classics, such as a two-person horse or a devil-angel pair, if that’s all they can think of.
“Multi-person costumes such as Mount Rushmore or a barbershop quartet are permitted, so long as they do not exceed five students,” Carey continued, adding that the Scooby-Doo gang falls within the limit as long as Scrappy-Doo is excluded. “Please do not try to get around this rule by getting a group of more than five friends to all wear those inflatable T-rex costumes or dress as something dumb like different colored M&M’s. Your group costume is not exempt from this rule simply because it’s uninspired and easily separable.”
Carey also announced a strict University-wide ban on all COVID-related costumes regardless of group size.