Ghouls, goblins and ghosts come out to play at many different Halloween themed events sponsored by EWU organizations.
Halloween kicks off on campus Oct. 26 with the Black Student Union’s “A Nightmare on Third St.” The event will be at the Cheney Community Center starting at 9 p.m. It will include prizes for the best costume and a twerking contest. Tickets are available for $3 pre-purchased through a Black Student Union member and $5 at the door with student ID.
On Halloween night, students are invited to attend the Halloween progressive dinner sponsored by EWU Dining Services. The progressive dinner will be from 5-7:30 p.m. at Baldy’s, Main Street Dining and The Roost. Dinner is $8.95, or one meal count, and will feature Halloween-themed food such as meatball mummies, dracaroni and cheese, witches fingers and ghoul glaze.
The MPR will also be a destination for diners looking for dessert, candy and activities. Eagle Entertainment will be sponsoring a Halloween themed activity.
“Last year, they did pumpkin bowling. This year, we are thinking of doing pumpkin putt-putt golf where the holes are in jack o’lanterns or possibly something zombie related,” said Eagle Entertainment Event Coordinator Mikey Cardenas.
Another event on Halloween night is the Visual Communication Design Club Halloween party at Stella’s in Spokane on Oct. 31 from 8 p.m-12 a.m. Activities will include food, drinks, a costume contest and a poster contest. Admission to the event is $2 with a poster submission and $5 without and will help benefit the VCD club. The event is open to VCD club members and students and their guests.
“The poster contest will give students a chance to enter a poster and have it judged by faculty members. The theme is EWU spirit, spirit as in spooky-scary. The winning poster will be printed and sold,” said Tony Kuchar VCD club director.
The Halloween theme continues on Nov. 1 with a sponsored event by Eagle Entertainment. Students are invited to attend a ghost hunt with paranormal investigator Ross Allison, who according to his website has been investigating the paranormal for over 20 years. Allison has been featured on the show Ghost Hunters on the Syfy channel. Eagle Entertainment hopes to allow Allison to explore the rumors of hauntings in Morrison Hall.
“I think it will be an interesting event and is something we haven’t seen on campus. It is something from left field. It is a great time for him to come and ties in with Halloween so well,” said Cardenas.
Another similar themed event on campus is M.E.Ch.A’s Día de Los Muertos event. Día de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday rooted in a 3,000-year-old ritual tradition. The celebration spans two days Nov. 1-2. Nov. 1 is celebration of lost infants and children, and Nov. 2 celebrates deceased adults.
The Día de Los Muertos event will be Nov. 1 in the MPR from 6-11:30 p.m. It will include a Día de Los Muertos presentation, food, music and candlelight procession.
”It is a great celebration because it mixes religion with indigenous culture. It also brings a lot of different cultures together where we can remember happy moments with those we have lost,” said Mariana Garcia, M.E.Ch.A co-chair.