Pittsburg becomes Halloweentown

Halloween celebrations vary around campus

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Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter

Pixies, dark angels, Gus Gorilla, Gumby and other strange characters were spotted all over campus this past weekend. Yes, Halloween has once again come and gone. Various organizations held Halloween events for children of all ages.

The annual Safe Trick-or-Treat was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Council and brought in 20 organizations to hand out candy to children.

Brenda Hawkins, administrative specialist of international programs and services, helps Wanying Li, senior in human resource scoop out the pumpkin seeds in the PSU Pitt Pals activity, Pumpkin Carving at the university Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 25.Photos by:Yuyang Xiao/Collegio

Brenda Hawkins, administrative specialist of international programs and services, helps Wanying Li, senior in human resource scoop out the pumpkin seeds in the PSU Pitt Pals activity, Pumpkin Carving at the university Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 25.Photos by:Yuyang Xiao/Collegio

The Residence Hall Assembly also led children through the halls to collect candy from on-campus residents. Other organizations, like the Gay Straight Alliance, held their events earlier in the month. They had a Halloween picnic Monday, Oct. 17. The picnic was originally going to be held at Gorilla Village but the weather forced the event indoors to the house of club president Holden Kraus. Kraus says there were about 25 members in attendance.

“We each brought a side dish, or drink and the group provided hamburgers and hot dogs,” said Kraus, graduate student in mathematics. “Many of us also dressed up in our Halloween costumes and we ended up playing random games after eating.”

The Public Relations and Advertising Club held its first annual “Trunk or Treat” event at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 28. Students lined the streets and popped open the trunks of their vehicles. They had stashed candy and toys for an estimated 250 children in them. Some of the students who volunteered were Jaime Bowman, Ashley Jarvis and Kirsten Burke-Fountain, all seniors in communication,  and Michael Saldivar, sophomore in communication.

“I feel that the community enjoyed it because it was free and it was in correlation with something that has been around for years and they knew it was a safe environment,” said Burke-Fountain, PRAD president.

Adrien Stolifer, event planner for the Student Association of Broadcasters, says her group celebrated the holiday by spending time at Fat Daddy’s.

“We wanted to have a party where people could come out and get to know each other in a fun way,” said Stolifer, graduate student in communication. “Members watched television, had dinner and filled out a survey on Halloween movies and other fun facts.”

The top three winners received horror movies. First place went to Tim Spears, junior in communication; second place went to Leo Hudson, professor of communication, and taking third was Andrew Orpin, senior in communication. Spears also won the contest for best costume. He dressed as Hudson and won a bucket full of candy.

“A few of us who organized the party had the idea of going as different members of the broadcast faculty,” Spears said. “They changed their minds, but I knew a Leo outfit was too good not to do. I figured Leo would get a kick out of it.”

Some students, like Joel Ybarra, find it hard to get into Halloween.

“I didn’t celebrate Halloween because I’ve fallen out of the spirit of Halloween,” said Ybarra, graduate student in communication. “It isn’t as much fun as when you’re a little kid.”

However, other students, such as Candin Nelson, disagree. She says she still participates in Halloween.

“My favorite part of Halloween is definitely the movies,” said Nelson, junior in psychology. “I also like having an excuse for eating a whole bunch of candy.”

Some students held their own events. Belle Head says she hosted a party with a few of her close friends. They brought movies and snacks. She says her favorite part of Halloween is dressing up.

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“I think it’s OK to want to pretend to be someone else for one day out of the year,” said Head, graduate student in special education. “This year I dressed up as Shakira.”

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