William Woods Offers a ‘Scary’ Good Time for Halloween

Who needs a haunted house when you have William Woods University during Halloween season? The last week of October is packed with events to fill the cravings of even the most Halloween-hungry devotees.

The fun begins on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. film and talk on Washington Irving’s novel “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Following the discussion, the 1999 film version—starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci—will be shown.

At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the WWU Film Club will show Wes Craven’s 1984 horror milestone, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Both of these movies will take place in the Library Auditorium.

That evening at 9 in Cutlip Auditorium, the 1970’s film, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be played, followed by a discussion about movies that have been made into stage productions. Viewers are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit and come dressed in their favorite costume.

On Thursday, Halloween enthusiasts of the more artsy sort get the chance to put their talents to good use during the Day of the Dead Altar Workshop. Participants will learn about the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, and then create their own altar to commemorate a friend, relative or pet who has died. This event will take place in room 116 of the Kemper Arts Center.

On Friday—Halloween—the sororities and fraternities on campus will host the second annual Trick or Treat with the Greeks. The event is targeted at elementary school children, and involves candy, games and other activities.

The college students will dress in costumes and welcome their young visitors to Harmon (Delta Gamma) and Atkinson (Chi Omega) halls on West 12th Street. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. Contact Neil Stanglein, coordinator of Greek life and student involvement, at (573) 592-1658 for more information.

Starting at 4 p.m. Friday in Tucker Dining Hall, the Multicultural Affairs Club will hold a costume contest to celebrate the occasion. The contest, open to WWU students, will end at 6 p.m. and offers a $20 gift card as the grand prize.

Halloween might be over after Friday, but the fun isn’t. The very next day, mentalist Chris Carter will arrive at WWU for a show so real that it’s downright scary. Carter invites the audience to join him in exploring the mysteries of the mind not only as observers, but as actual participants. The event, which takes place at 7:30 in Cutlip Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

For more information on these and other events, visit www.williamwoods.edu.