Recapping a ghoulish good year for the Haunted Hall of Humanities

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Did you have a spooky Halloween? We sure did! The Humanities and Communication department hosted an assortment of scary events during the Haunted Hall of Humanities. This year, the lineup of events included: a Halloween themed food truck, Poe Night, Fireside Stories, and the annual Halloween costume contest.

Kicking off the week was the haunted food truck. Students and faculty could try delicious meals such as the “chili from hell” and “flesh-made pub chips”. These ghoulish treats were a hit as the line even stretched all the way back to the fountain! Sam Miller, a senior English major, said the food was “spookily good.” He continued, “It was something I haven’t had before, and I have a new love for siracha thanks to their chips.”

Students perform in Wells Theater as part of Poe Night.

Students perform in Wells Theater as part of Poe Night.

Later that night, students came to Wells Theater for live poetry reading at Poe Night. This event was established five years ago by professor LouAnn Homan. “Poe Night a different way of looking at speaking and listening for the audience. Poetry should be read out loud and actually performed,” she said. Every year, several students volunteer to perform some of Poe’s most famous pieces. “After all the work is done, I love listening and watching my students. They are transformed on stage and I enjoy every moment of it,” Homan added. This year’s lineup included pieces such as Anabelle Lee, A Dream Within A Dream, and The Bells. The night concluded with a dramatic reading of The Raven.

Professor Lou Ann Homan leads the scary stories as part of Night Frights around the campfire.

Professor Lou Ann Homan leads the scary stories as part of Night Frights around the campfire.

On the eve before Halloween, students and faculty gathered around the fire to tell grim and ghastly tales. Professor Homan graciously hosted this event, and even surprised her guests with a performance of the “Witches Song” from Macbeth. Everyone stayed well into the night, enjoying cider and smores until the fire died out.

Students and faculty got into the costume contest.

Students and faculty got into the costume contest.

To end the week of horrors, the event planning class hosted the annual Halloween costume contest. Participants showcased their best costumes for a chance at gift cards and other prizes. Grant Tingley, a junior communication major, said he enjoyed the contest. “The costume contest allows students to have fun and be creative. Just because we aren’t kids anymore doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy Halloween.”

Be sure to check the website for this year’s winners. Now, who’s ready for some turkey?

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Fernando Bauzo is a Communication major.