Scaryoke, Ghostbusters and trick-or-treating: Halloween at Centre
October 24, 2013 By Mariel Smith
"Centre students live in a bubble, as we all know, so we don't get
to see kids all that often," says Sarah Brown ’14, CARE Trick-or-
Treat committee leader. "This event gives us an opportunity to
interact with kids and still participate in Halloween even though
we're not at home passing out candy."
For some Centre students, this year's Halloween may be their first away from home, but multiple campus organizations are working to ensure that students get into the spooky spirit and celebrate Halloween in style.
On Saturday the 26th of October, the Office of Campus Activities is hosting the CC After Dark Halloween Edition, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Campus Center.
Student Life Coordinator Elizabeth Frank ’13 plans the monthly CC After Dark programs and is excited about the Halloween-themed event.
"Since CC After Dark falls late in October this month, I thought it was a perfect way to have some alternative Halloween festivities for students just looking to have a good time."
A DJ and a "Scaryoke" singing contest will be part of the evening's festivities, as well as a Student Activities Council-sponsored costume contest and Student Government Association-sponsored mini-pumpkin painting.
"CC After Dark provides students with a late-night option on the weekends," Frank explains. "It's casual, fun and always different. These non-alcoholic events are important for students, to give them a chance to relax on a weekend night."
The following Monday, October 28th, from 5-7 p.m. in Cowan, the Student Activities Council will be screening Ghostbusters during dinner as a way of getting people into the spirit.
A favorite campus tradition, sponsored by CARE (Centre Action Reaches Everyone), will take place on Tuesday, October 29th, from 6-8 p.m. in Sutcliffe Hall's Hazelrigg Gym.
"CARE Trick or Treat is a long-standing tradition at Centre College, providing a wonderful opportunity for our students to give back to the community while celebrating the Halloween season," says Patrick Noltemeyer ’01, special assistant to the president and former director of community service and the Bonner Program. "The event gives students the chance to interact with faculty, staff and their families in a fun environment—and gives everyone an excuse to dress up in their favorite costumes and fill up on candy."
The trick-or-treat tradition is over a decade old; originally, local children followed a specified trick-or-treat route through the various residence halls on campus, but in recent years, the event has moved to the gym as a more central location.
Sarah Brown ’14, head of the CARE Trick-or-Treat committee, has been helping organize the program since her sophomore year.
"This is a time that student organizations come together to run an event," she explains. "While we at CARE organize the table set-up and other logistics, the organizations themselves actually come up with activities to do and ways to interact with the kids throughout the night. It's one of the few campus activities that is run this way."
Brown also understands how important an event like this is for both the Danville community and Centre students.
"Kids of all ages absolutely love the program, and parents can rest assured because it is very safe," she says. "Centre students live in a bubble, as we all know, so we don't get to see kids all that often; this night gives us an opportunity to interact with kids and still participate in Halloween even though we're not at home passing out candy."
This year's festivities include booths where local children can play games, get their faces painted and trick-or-treat. A costume contest for various age groups will also be held.
Ricky Shear ’14, president of CARE (Centre Action Reaches Everyone), is looking forward to this year's event.
"We expect children from Sunrise Children's Services, children of faculty and staff and children from the rest of the Danville community to attend," he explains. "By interacting with these children, both Centre students and the children have a fun and festive experience."
Shear also mentions that at this point in the semester, stressed-out students can take a break from academics and simply enjoy helping local children celebrate Halloween in a fun way.
Says Shear, "Working to help a child have fun is a great way to relieve some of that stress while making the community a better place."
Centre College, founded in 1819, offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by the nation's premier study abroad program and a faculty ranked #5 in the nation for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" at a liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. Centre graduates enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad (Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright), and rewarding jobs (on average, 97 percent are employed or in advanced study within 10 months of graduation).