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Campus digs into more than pumpkins

Halloween is an especially active time around college campuses, and Washington State University Vancouver is no exception with its variety of events offered during the few weeks leading up to the holiday.

ASWSUV kicked off the celebrations for Halloween this year with a free pumpkin carving event held at the Firstenburg Student Commons on Oct. 16, with over 50 pumpkins being carved up by students. This event started only a few years ago, but has become a standby in the October events calendar.
“Since we are a commuter campus, it may be hard for people to find time to do these types of things on their own or with their family. We want to give them that opportunity,” said Timothy Meade, the ASWSUV Cultural Events Coordinator who helped organize and put on the event. It was first come, first served for pumpkin selection; in past years the event has actually run out of pumpkins prompting them to buy more each year, though this year there were a few to spare.

Halloween is a holiday enjoyed by all ages and the Child Development Program at WSU Vancouver always gets their children and staff involved. This year was no exception, with the preschoolers making their own hats and kindergarteners making hats and shirts, as store-bought costumes were to be left at home. The children then paraded around campus in costume for an hour on Oct. 31 to eight different departments, trick-or-treating at each one.
The departments volunteer to put together treats for the kids who come around. The departments have to get a little creative with these treats as food is not involved. Departments have been know to give the kids Halloween themed stickers, plastic spider rings or other holiday accessories.

“The departments are really excited to see the children and look forward to the parade every year,” said Kathy Austin, one of the Early Childhood Program Specialists. The Childhood Development Program has been putting on the parade for over 10 years and enjoys doing it every year.

Cougar Pride Club hosted their annual Monster Ball event on Oct. 24 in the Firstenburg Student Commons. This year had a zombie rave theme. The event was free for students as well as any guests students wanted to bring with them.      The event featured free food, henna tattoos, tarot cards, LGBTQA+ tables, costume contests and, of course, dancing. The event, one of Cougar Pride’s biggest of the year, was co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board and ASWSUV.

While Halloween may be over, there are many other campus events still to come before the year’s end. Information on coming events, from festive parties to educational seminars, can be found on CougSync or in the VanCougar’s events calendar.

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