It is that time of the year again. It’s the time for the resurgence of spooky costumes, pumpkin-flavored everything, trick-or-treating, and, most importantly, Spooktober memes. Halloween is here, and people are always pining for fun things to do. With that in mind, on Oct. 31, Washburn’s Business Services department, in collaboration with WSGA, CAB, ResLife, Ichabod Shop, and the Theater department, is organizing HallWUeen to, according to their brochure, “celebrate the Halloween spirit.” ResLife is organizing a Trick or Treat event in the residential halls to coincide with the event.
HallWUeen starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. in Washburn A/B in the Memorial Union and Trick or Treat Off the Street starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. in the residential halls.
Becky Bolte, the director of the Memorial Union, has been working hard to get everything together for the return of this event after a two-year hiatus. “We are making the event bigger this time around,” said Bolte.
There will be a haunted maze in Washburn B with festive black curtains forming the walls. What will be within the walls is a mystery. “We aren’t giving the surprises away,” said Bolte wryly. It makes sense to keep the mystery shrouded. It is Halloween after all.
People will also get plenty of chances to sweeten their teeth, as WSGA will hand out ice cream and goodie bags filled with candy and other surprises. Popcorn is also an option for people who want to tone down the sweetness. The Ichabod Shop has put coupons that will buy people various items from the store in the goody bags as well.
For people looking to accent their costume with extra spook, the theatre department has installed a face-painting and costume booth.
And people drawn to arts and crafts can go paint pumpkins, the quintessential Halloween vegetable. CAB will set this stall up.
Of course, with any event, people will be wanting to capture memories. ResLife will help with that, as they will put up a photo booth. Not only that, ResLife’s Trick or Treat will run parallel to HallWUeen. Ghouls and the undead will walk through the residential halls to get the candy they so crave. The idea is to have people alternate between the two events and have the maximum amount of fun.
“Come and be spooky,” Bolte said and, after a slight pause, added, “or be spooked. Get your sugar fix for sure. Ice Cream and candy galore.”