William Woods Big on Halloween

Halloween is no small holiday at William Woods University. Throughout the month of October, students have been busy celebrating Halloween with a variety of events.

Students have decorated Halloween cards for residents of Presbyterian Manor, listened to a paranormal investigator and conducted a ghost hunt on campus.

They’ve learned about food in a session called “Trick or Treat,” during which Amanda Stevens, campus nutritionist, promised to help students “figure out what’s a healthy treat from those tricky marketing schemes.”

Next week, they will view Halloween movies ranging from cartoons to horror movies, construct shrines to deceased loved ones and participate in reading scary stories.

“Pet Sematary,” based on Stephen King’s novel, will be shown at 3 p.m. Monday in the Library Auditorium, sponsored by the Movie Goers Club.

In “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. Written by Charles M. Schulz, the movie will be shown at 8 p.m. Monday in the McNutt Campus Center.

The 1931 Bela Lugosi version of Dracula will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Library Auditorium, hosted by Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary.

Students can also learn about and celebrate the Mexican tradition, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is a time to remember deceased loved ones. The event is planned for 4 p.m. Monday in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. Participants will build their own shrine to a beloved one who has died. They are being encouraged to bring photos of the person they are commemorating and other memorabilia, such as images of favorite foods or pictures of things they liked to do.

Faculty and staff will get in the act with a costume contest on Halloween and distribution of candy to Taiwanese students to acquaint them with the American custom of trick-or-treating.

Events conclude with the Writers Ink Spooky Halloween Reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Aldridge Lounge. Students are invited to come in costume and bring their own scary stories or poems to share with the group.