Student Life brings back Halloween on campus
With Halloween just days away, evenings filled with festivities lie ahead. If Bethel College does one thing right, it’s celebrating the holidays, and Halloween is no exception.
Prior to the pandemic, Community Assistants would decorate the residence halls in preparation for a night of trick-or-treating on campus. Bethel College Students who were interested could pick up a bag of candy from the Student Life Office to hand out to children who came knocking on their dorm room door dressed in costumes on Halloween night. Children would hop door to door, from residence hall to residence hall, filling their bags with candy as they filled students’ bittersweet void from missing home.
Round of applause for COVID, all of that has changed. However, there are still a handful of activities to fill your Halloween weekend with on-campus activities.
To kick things off, on October 28th, Larry Rice and his team of Community Assistants will once again be decorating the residence halls for Halloween. This time, however, it’s all about the students.
“Along with each residence hall being decorated for the holiday, each hall will host a different food and craft or activity,” said Rice.
With the race to Halloween beginning with this event at 7 PM, the Community Assistants are excited to once again host a campus-wide Halloween event, not only resembling the past, but revving it up for the future. CA Aubry Grame, from Kalispell, Mont. detailed her enthusiasm:
“I’m excited to start building community once again through such a popular holiday. Having never experienced normal holidays on-campus before, I’m thrilled to be a part of starting new traditions at Bethel College,” said Grame.
An event like this would not be complete without costumes, and although they are not required to attend, the Community Assistant staff encourages students to dress up. After all, you’re never too old to dress up for Halloween.
Speaking of costumes, downtown Newton has its own Halloween store, promoting big savings on the most popular looks. If Newton doesn’t have what you’re after, however, Wichita has what you’re looking for. Spirit Halloween, everyone’s favorite Halloween store - notorious for occupying abandoned grocery stores - is located at 4600 W Kellogg Drive. Spirit Halloween is open daily until 8 PM, and Sundays until 6 PM.
Thursday night isn’t the only night to get spooky. On Halloween night, Sunday, October 31, the Student Activities Council will be hosting a costume fashion show at 8 PM. Throw on your costume once again or show off a new look for a chance to win prizes in Memorial Hall in front of all your friends.