It may be Halloween time, but Macomb is no ghost town this weekend; there are many Halloween events planned on campus over the next few days. Tomorrow, October 30th, WIU’s Inter-Hall Council (IHC), Resident Assistant (RA) Council, and University Housing and Dining Services (UDHS) will be holding the 17th annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event in the residence halls from 5-7 p.m. Children 12 and under are invited to the residence halls for this event, but a parent or guardian must accompany all children.
As the temperatures begin to drop, Western’s Director of Residence Life Mishelle Oaks explains why trick-or-treating in the residence halls is a more pleasant alternative to the usual trick-or-treating outside. “This is a great way for kids to trick-or-treat in a safe environment. Parents don’t have to worry about traffic or bad weather,” Oaks said.
Personally, I definitely miss handing out candy every year. It is always fun to see all the costumes and excited faces when you give a child their favorite piece of candy; so this event is a great way for WIU students to still be able to experience that. “We are excited to welcome the community to our residence hall community and show them what we are able to do and see all the different costumes. We are excited to welcome the kids in for a good time,” said UDHS Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Leann Meckler.
If you are trick-or-treating in the residence halls tomorrow, you should also stop by Thompson Hall for the “Haunted Housing-Rocky Can’t Even Save You” event put on by RA Council members. While there’s no charge to trick-or treat, it’s $5 per person to go through the Haunted Housing, or $3 if you bring a nonperishable food item. The proceeds from this event will go to Loaves and Fishes, the food bank in McDonough County. Western students will also be selling t-shirts at the Haunted Housing event for $12. The money raised from the t-shirts will go to an RA scholarship fund. Haunted Housing will be on the 18th floor in Thompson Hall and is suitable for younger children. It also runs from 5 to 7 p.m., every night through Halloween. If you are in the market for a more “scary” haunted hall, stop by Thompson anytime between 7 and 11 p.m.
The co-chair for the Haunted Housing event, Hannah Wegs, explained that the “extra scary” haunted house that is taking place through Friday was quite popular last weekend. “It went amazing! For the first night we raised over $400 and sold a little over 100 tickets and sold even more the second night. We expect more participants this week! Overall we have approximately made $900,” Wegs said.
These events are a great way for the students at WIU to get to know the community. “The best part of this event is that it brings the WIU campus and the Macomb community together…especially since we have a ‘Family Friendly Night.’ We can open it up to families so we can even show possibly perspective WIU students…for the future…what events our campus has,” Wegs said.
For more information regarding these spooky UHDS events, contact Leann Meckler at (309) 298-2293 or email LR-Meckler@wiu.edu. You can also like “Haunted Housing” on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/270626423147203/.
Another “spooky” event this weekend is the Zombie 5K Run/Walk which is organized by the WIU PanHellenic Council. There is a children’s costume fun run at noon and the adult Zombie 5K will be at 2 p.m. For more information on this race, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/674766972630679/ or register here https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Macomb/PanhellenicZombie5K.