Halloween on campus

The season for dressing up in silly or slutty costumes, gorging on candy and taking in all the scary décor galore is here.  If you miss Halloween at home carving pumpkins and handing little trick-or-treaters candy at the door, do not despair.  There are many opportunities to celebrate Halloween on campus.  From costume contests aplenty to extensive candy consumption to observing the long-standing tradition of Calvert Ghosts, Halloween and the week leading up to it can be quite amusing, indeed. Here are some events to check out.

Haunted Hall

The Swashbucklers are hosting a haunted hall on Myrtle 2nd TODAY from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.  They promise, “Fun scares and candy for all,” and it leads right up to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

This is a campus tradition that guarantees amusement, and you have only one more chance to catch it!  The Rocky Horror Picture Show will take place in the Fiesta Room, today (Oct. 26) at 11 p.m.

“Godzilla” movie showing

Celebrate Halloween with the classic monster-movie, “Godzilla.” It will be played in Chapman Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  Japanese snacks will be provided, and a prize will be given to the person with the best Godzilla-like costume.  This showing precedes a presentation on Oct. 31 by Southern Methodist University Dean Bill Tsutsui on Godzilla and the current disaster tropes in Japan at 7:30 p.m.

T-Sec Halloween

On Oct. 31 at Coates Plaza, T-Sec is hosting a costume competition from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.  Games and candy are promised!  Even if you don’t have time to dress up, it will be an awesome spectacle on the way back from class.

Trinity Review’s Scary Story Contest

On the evening before Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 8 to 11 p.m., the Trinity Review is hosting a scary story contest in the Skyline Room.  If you want to go check out the newly renovated room while eating food, drinking and listening to the spookiest stories students can conjure, this is the perfect opportunity.  TODAY, Oct. 26, is the last day to sign up in Coates.  It costs $5 and goes toward the pot for the winner’s cash prize.  There will be open mic for the first hour and free food and a cash bar throughout the night.

Calvert Ghosts

After sundown on Oct. 31, if you are near the first-year quad, do not be alarmed if you see a procession of students wearing nothing but flour. It is just the questionable long-standing tradition of the “Calvert ghosts.” I remember going to the first-year mixers in the quad, and, even though school had just started, the first thing someone would be asked if they revealed they live in Calvert was: “Are you doing Calvert ghosts?” To all those brave people who are planning to run around in nothing but flour “¦ props to you.

Remember, these events are not all you can do on campus for Halloween. Have a pumpkin- carving party, decorate your dorm and balcony, host a scary movie marathon or convince your professors to hold a Halloween contest of their own.  Create an event with your organization or gather a group of friends; either way, there are tons of opportunities to make your Halloween the greatest ever.