This Halloween, Maryville College’s clubs and organizations will not only be bringing back events that have become student favorites, but they will be joining together to expand the Halloween festivities into a whole week filled with spooky activities.
This year, low SGA budget funds have required clubs and organizations to be more resourceful with their funds. Taylor Rigatti, chair of BRIDGE, a new initiative on campus that encourages clubs and organizations to work together, met with several of the leaders of the groups to discuss joining each of their individual events into a whole week of Halloween activities.
The week will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 28, with Apocalypse Night, which will be a large, one-night game of Humans vs. Zombies.
On Wednesday, students will have the opportunity to attend the “El Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) Halloween Dance in the Alumni Gym from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event is being planned by the Latino Student Alliance, Global Citizenship Organization and d’Arte. At the event, students can come to celebrate a combination of the holidays of two different cultures. Jose Perez, LSA president, said, “We added the Halloween aspect to the event because many international students do not celebrate Halloween, and we did not want to leave them out of something that forms a decent part of the U.S. culture.”
On Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight, students, faculty, staff and families can join the theatre honors society, Alpha Psi Omega, for a haunted walk around campus. Attendees will join APO for a tour where they will “visit different buildings on campus and go ‘ghost hunting’, hearing about famous campus ghosts in the process,” said Blaine Coyle, a junior APO member.
The week of festivities will end on Oct. 31, with the Black Student Association’s haunted house, and the campus showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” organized by the Student Programming Board and the Gay-Straight Alliance. These two annual events have become campus favorites.
The haunted house will be set up in the upstairs of Pearsons from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. BSA asks that you bring $1 or a canned good to enter into the haunted house. The theme of the haunted house is still to be determined, but Iman Harris, Vice President of BSA, explained that BSA is gathering inspiration for the theme from horror movies, old and new. BSA is working to make this event even more successful and enjoyable than in Halloweens past.
The showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult classic, is a fun event where attendees can dress up in their best “Rocky Horror” attire and participate in the crazy traditions that come along with the film. Props bags will be sold at the showing so viewers can participate if they wish to do so. Holly Higgins, a senior, encourages students to attend this unique, annual event.
“A ‘Rocky Horror’ showing is something you should do at least once. It’s super weird, but it’s also really fun. Just be prepared if you’ve never gone to a showing, because it’s definitely not just a normal show. I love going on campus so I can take part in one of my favorite Halloween traditions with my friends and other classmates,” Higgins said.
Haunted Week will provide the Maryville College community with a wide array of fun events to celebrate the spooky time of year.