Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


J Michael Fox

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The purpose of this project is to apply all the knowledge and skills learned from a master’s degree in Creative Studies at Buffalo State college combined with personal experience in order to share perspective on what a “Beacon” is and how its core values are the foundation for enriching your life as well as the lives of those around you and how it all relates to Creativity. Furthermore, this project applies the concepts from the Beacon model more deeply through supporting philosophies and how the Halloween holiday naturally serves as a Beacon. There is a relationship due to the fact that the constructs for Halloween and Creativity are strikingly similar. Lastly, this project outlines how the philosophies within this project were implemented in a real- life application and describes my journey over a period of many months applying these philosophies to my Halloween entertainment business, the challenges that ensued and the learns that resulted from them. The finished product will serve as a Beacon itself in order to spread the illuminating presence of Creativity in our daily lives.