Though Halloween fell inconveniently on a Wednesday this year, students at Case Western Reserve University still managed to find alternate ways to celebrate the spooky holiday.
Events occurred all around campus and in University Circle, with many fraternities holding charity-based Halloween parties. For example, the African Student Association hosted a party featuring African music on Oct. 26 at The Spot, and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) ran a philanthropy event.
All the opportunities to relax and unwind over the weekend were accompanied by a number of costume contests, and anyone walking down Bellflower Road could see people dressed up as anything from Velma to Jim Halpert.
According to second-year student Maria Powers, “[I] would never expect [CWRU] to have a big Halloween culture, but people really do go all out. Halloween is often the biggest weekend for people to go out and dress up. It really makes this time special.”
The weekend also saw the premiere of the Players’ Theatre Group play “Deathtrap,” directed by fourth-year student Adam Steel. The play follows the life of a struggling playwright and his attempt to steal a student’s work despite comic setbacks. The show gained quite a bit of laughter from audiences.
The Film Society also hosted its annual “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” movie screening, with the musical group Voyeuristic Intentions acting out the play in front of the screen in real time on Oct. 27. The midnight event at Strosacker Auditorium drew huge crowds, and the interactive aspect of the show was a hit.
First-year student Ramona Johnson said, “The annual play seems to have an almost cult-like following at [CWRU], similar to the actual movie. But it is amazing to find a space to wear fishnets and sing along with everyone having the same admiration for the play as I do.”
For the more laidback Halloween observer, the Jolly Scholar and Delta Upsilon hosted a jazz night on Oct. 27, where undergraduate students performed to much applause from the audience.