Students to celebrate, volunteer on Halloween

Hanna Ory

It’s that time of year again: the leaves have fallen, the pumpkins have been carved and candy has been bought in mass amounts.

This Halloween, the Whitman community has planned various events for students to join in the festivities. While some are old campus traditions, such as North Hall’s “Haunted Hospital,” other events will be brand-new this year, like the Campus Activities Board’s (CAB) “Cobweb Carnival.”

For a relaxed, low-key way to enjoy Halloween, consider attending the Cobweb Carnival. Instead of the annual Cobweb Ball, CAB is doing things a little bit differently this year.

“Unfortunately, all campus buildings are being used by debaters this year, so CAB is trying something new,” said senior CAB member Shayna Tivona.

Instead, they will be hosting the Cobweb Carnival. The event will include cookie decorating, pumpkin carving, listening to Halloween music, warm drinks and a raffle drawing.

“We are using tents and space heaters to keep students warm, so we hope they will stop by for some totally terrifying times,” said Tivona.

Drop by the Reid side lawn between 12 and 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, to join in the festivities.

For a festive community service option on Halloween, consider volunteering for the YMCA “Spooktacular.” The Spooktacular is a fun event for families in the Walla Walla community. Volunteers are encouraged to dress up and will help facilitate fun Halloween-themed activities with young children. Community Service Center intern Carole Wilson enjoys this event because it is a fun way to get off campus and do something good for the community.

“I love the Spooktacular because it is one of those times when it is socially acceptable to just be a kid, not a college student. It’s a great chance to interact with the Walla Walla community and spent time outside of our little Whitman bubble,” said Wilson, a senior.

One of Wilson’s favorite things about the event is the fabulous costumes it provokes.

“Once I saw a whole family dressed up as characters from Harry Potter, with their baby dressed as Dobby!” said Wilson.
Interested volunteers should contact the Community Service Center.

End Halloween with a terrifying twist by attending the Haunted Hospital. North Hall will be facilitating a spooky haunted house, complete with an artistic set and live actors. Head over to North Hall between 8 and 10:30 p.m. and prepare to be petrified. Rather scare others than be scared yourself? Think about volunteering to be an actor in the event. Interested actors should attend a planning meeting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 or 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.