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Halloween Events Abound at UW-River Falls
Oct. 25, 2010--The celebration of Halloween doesn’t have to end after students go to college. Halloween is a tradition of frightful fun at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Activities sponsored by a number of UWRF organizations will offer students and the community a fair “scare” of Halloween this year.
All students and the community are invited to check out Diversity Halloween in the Falcon’s Nest in the University Center on Oct. 27 at 7:30-11:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Asian American Student Association and the International Student Association, will include games and a costume contest. The multicultural student organizations hope to create more inclusiveness on campus as they celebrate the fun of Halloween.
Does a former professor haunt the Syse Theater? Did phantom gym classes appear at the former Ames Teacher Education Center? UWRF certainly has its share of ghost stories. Take a tour of campus with the History Club to discover UW-River Falls’ haunted history. Tours leave from the main lobby of the University Center Oct. 28 from 7- 9 p.m. This event is open to the public and fees are $1 for UWRF students with ID and children age five and older, and $2 for adults.
The UWRF Dairy Club is spooking up the pavilion at Laboratory Farm 1, located on the corner of Wasson Lane and Cemetery Road, on Oct. 28 from 5-10 p.m. From 5-7 p.m., the pavilion is appropriate for children, as some of the lights will be left on to scale back the scare. Lights go out and the scare factor is amped up for thrill-seeking guests from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the food pantry. Without a food pantry donation, the cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Cookies, juice and milk are served at the completion of the journey through the rooms containing zombies, witches, characters from the Exorcist and Saw, clowns, vampires, and a cemetery.
Haunted Hall and Trail
Grimm Hall with Falcon Programs are sponsoring the yearly favorite Grimm Haunted Hall with the addition of a haunted trail on Oct. 29. Guests will begin at the Grimm Hall basement and then walk a winding trail behind campus for additional scares. Admission is $2 per person or two non-perishable food items. The event will begin at 6 p.m. for a more mild scare, and 8 p.m. will mark the start of a more heart-pounding experience.
With a balance of spooky fun and science, the Society of Physics Students and the Chemistry Club will sponsor a Haunted Lab in Centennial Science Hall’s Room 110. The lab will feature demonstrations of chemistry and physics, including a fire breathing pumpkin, color-changing tornado, two-way mirror, vacuum cannon, Jacob’s Ladder, bed of nails, Van der Graf generator and more. The lab will be open from 4:30-9 p.m. on Oct. 30. Admission free and is open to the public.
The Early Year Enthusiasts are participating in the community-sponsored Halloween Expo at the Knowles Center on Oct. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be cookie decorating, crafts, games, and activities for the children to participate in. Children are encouraged to come and wear their costumes.
Trick or Treating in the Halls
May, Prucha, and Hathorn residence halls will open their doors to the community for trick or treating on Oct. 31. A campus tradition, community children are welcome to visit the halls for treats from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. May and Prucha halls are located on the corner of Cascade Avenue and Main Street, and Hathorn Hall is located in the center of campus. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
RADD Jazz Series: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
On Oct. 31 at 2 p.m., the 1920 classic silent film, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” featuring a newly-composed and improvised live jazz music film score will be shown in Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. UW-River-Falls commissioned composer Kelly Rossum to compose a soundtrack to the film. This event is open to the public and admission is free.
Halloween Costume Collection
Sponsored by UWRF’s Falcon Programs, take this opportunity to donate your new and used Halloween costumes to Turningpoint, River Falls’ domestic violence shelter and resource center. Donations are welcome Nov. 1-5 at the vendor table outside the University Center’s Riverside Commons during lunch. Costumes can also be donated at the Information Desk in the University Center.