Halloween spirit consumes Clarion

Clarion, Pa.- The Halloween spirit has visited Clarion once again, and many campus groups and individuals have been hosting their own Halloween-inspired events.

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Students from multiple RSOs decorate rooms for Haunted Dorms. The haunting in Ballentine Hall starts Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.

On Oct. 24, Psychology Club and Psy Chi (a psychology honorary) hosted “Haunted Harvey” for local children. The groups turned several rooms in Harvey Hall into a family-friendly haunted house. For the night, guests could play croquet in the “Queen of Hearts Room,” watch classic vampire films in the “Vampire Room,” make potions in the “Witch Room,” have a scare in the “Zombie Room” and have treats in the “Tea Party Room.”

“We were hoping to do something for the kids,” Psychology Club President and Psy Chi Secretary Natalie Godwin said. She added that “Haunted Harvey” was intended to offer kids something else besides trick-or-treating.

On Oct. 25, Chemistry Club had a pumpkin painting party at 537 Clarion Community Learning Workshop. Participants were able to bring their own pumpkin to paint or purchase a small pumpkin for $1 or a large one for $5.

The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association put on a pumpkin decorating party for the university’s registered student organizations, local children and community members on Oct. 27 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.

Senior English major Hannah Gloeckl held a Halloween Haiku Party for local children on Oct. 27 at 537 Clarion Community Learning Workshop. Gloeckl said the event attracted around 15 participants, who were able to write their own poems, do crafts and play bingo. The event was a part of “Poetry Matters,” her senior project for the Honors Program.

VizArtz held a reception for its art show on Oct. 28 in the Empty Set in Marwick-Boyd. The show featured Halloween and fall-related art and will run until Nov. 1.

“All of the art submitted is absolutely great. Not just because of the quality, but because of the artists who made it, both art majors and non-majors. Without them, this show would not be possible,” VizArtz President Kayla Shaffer said.

Eagle Media Productions will also judge entries for its #CUScared contest from Oct. 28-29. An executive committee will judge entries meeting the criteria of having 50 percent Halloween spirit, 25 percent creativity and originality and 25 percent execution and dedication. Entries will continue to be displayed on Eagle Media’s Facebook page.

“I think that #CUScared is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit…It’s great to see students showing their creative side and see them having fun with Halloween,” Eagle Media co-adviser Lacey Fulton said. She also credits Promotions Director Gloria Pyltak as the “brains” for the contest.

On Oct. 29, the Student Honors Association will host its annual Haunted Dormitories event from 8-11 p.m. in Ballentine Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be two floors of haunting thematics as each RSO participating hosts its own room with its own unique theme.  As such, Halloween lovers know to expect a varied assortment of scares.

Dean of Arts, Education and Sciences Todd Pfannestiel and History Club will host the annual Clarion Ghost Experience from Oct. 29-31, with each show starting at 8 p.m. Though it’s a free, public event, donations will be collected for Clarion PUPS. The event presents audio and video evidence of unexplainable activity occurring on campus and regional stories.

“What I can assure everyone is that all of the evidence we have collected is real—none of it was fabricated or enhanced. Audiences won’t hear hushed whispers—they will hear complete sentences from thin air,” Pfannestiel said. He added that new evidence has surfaced and will be presented with the best past material.

On Oct. 30, Eagle Media will also sponsor a #CUScared Extravaganza and costume contest in Studio B, Becker Hall from 7-9 p.m.

The Eagle Media Production House will also film their Halloween special of CU Weekly this week.  The team is covering Haunted Dorms, the Clarion Ghost Experience as well as a local pumpkin patch.

The Halloween special of CU weekly will air on CUTV Monday night, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The University Activities Board will wrap up the Halloween festivities with its annual Murder Mystery Dinner and spaghetti dinner in Gemmell MPR on Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Gemmell Information Desk until Oct. 30.

There are a lot of events to keep Halloween trick-or-treaters and pranksters alike entertained in the constant stream of scares in this final week of October.

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