Tailgaters blend passion for Halloween, William and Mary football

Halloween tailgating at William and Mary

WILLIAMSBURG - Halloween enthusiasts bound for Zable Stadium were outnumbered Saturday afternoon by an onslaught of purple-clad James Madison University Dukes supporters.

A short distance from the holiday festivities scheduled at Colonial Williamsburg Saturday evening, a smattering of tailgaters waited in costume for the College of William and Mary’s home football game against rival JMU, which brought a strong contingent of fans for the Colonial Athletic Association showdown between the pair of nationally-ranked teams.

None were more popular than Lou Hrkman in his topical ode to Donald Trump getup.

Hrkman donned a version of The Donald’s infamous hair complete with a red “Make America great again” cap on top and had a dollar bill tucked inside the pocket of his blazer that had a W&M Class of ’69 pin attached.

Hrkman’s wife, Cindy, was in on the act, dressed as Hillary Clinton.

“Everybody’s coming up to get his picture with them,” Cindy Hrkman said. “It’s all fun.”

Why Trump and Clinton?

“Why not? It’s Halloween,” Lou Hrkman said.

Lou Hrkman pondered the last time he wore a Halloween costume. After some deliberation, the couple confirmed it was when he dressed as Monica Lewinsky.

“We wanted to be political because we are political,” Cindy Hrkman said.

Kelley Crisci couldn’t think of a better combination than tailgating and football.

She wore a witch’s hat and her children were in complete Halloween-mode accompanied by their friends, the Bauers. Colin Crisci was the Great Pumpkin and Aidan Crisci went as Santa Claus. Caroline Bauer was a Nerds box, Claire Bauer a waitress and Michael Bauer a pirate.

Caroline and Claire Bauer’s ensemble perhaps best reflected the spirit of their tailgate: Each made green William and Mary garb part of their outfits.

Tribe football and Halloween are our two favorite events,” Kelley Crisci said, “so why not trick or treat?”

Holtzman can be reached by phone at 757-345-2352.

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