No Tricks, Just Treats

No Tricks, Just Treats

Happy Halloween! Instead of going out this year, my friends and I decided to switch things up and have a Halloween party of our own. Since I am considering event planning as a future career, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get some practice! So, I told them to sit back and … Read more

Happy Halloween!

Instead of going out this year, my friends and I decided to switch things up and have a Halloween party of our own. Since I am considering event planning as a future career, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get some practice! So, I told them to sit back and relax as I began the planning process. As a college student on a tight budget, I had to get creative for decorations and Halloween treats, but in the end I think everything worked out great.

I bought orange and black balloons and made signs on the computer for decorations. Of course, we had mulled hot apple cider, which was perfect on the cold, rainy night. I used old frappuccino bottles for our cider and decorated them with black and white ribbon to make them a bit more festive. In order to get some inspiration for Halloween treats, I turned to Pinterest. I fell in love with the cute nutter butter cookies turned ghosts and wanted to try them right away. I ended up making white chocolate covered pretzels as well (both treats found here). They were simple to make and perfect to snack on.

The ghosts and pretzels were both huge hits at the party! However, the ghosts were my personal favorite. Not only were they adorable, I mean uhh spooky? … but they were yummy as well. I am now trying to find a reason to justify why I would make these ghosts for any other occasion, since I don’t want to wait until next October to try them again! Hmm… maybe we can celebrate the Chinese Ghost Festival from now on? My friends Emily and Maggie also brought graham crackers and delicious pumpkin dip that they made!

During the party we played Halloween Bingo, with Reese’s Pieces as bingo markers (beware: purchasing a big bag of the candy may be necessary since the “markers” just magically seemed to disappear throughout the game … whoops!). There were even prizes for the first three winners: Reese’s Pumpkins, everyone’s favorite!

We ended the night by piling into the living room and popping in the horror movie “Prom Night.”

Everyone had so much fun at the Halloween party and we are already planning future holiday get-togethers. You don’t need a lot of money to have fun. Even without any of the treats or decorations, I am sure that I would have had just as much fun with the wonderful group of friends that I am so blessed to have found at Mount Union.

I hope everyone’s day is filled with no tricks, but plenty of treats!

First time carving pumpkins.

Halloween has always been a strange celebration for me. Coming from Malaysia where the people love borrowing (for the lack of a better term) celebrations from the West, I have seen Halloween celebrations at local malls before. This being my second year in Ohio, I have also experienced Halloween here. Somehow, I never grasped the … Read more

Halloween has always been a strange celebration for me. Coming from Malaysia where the people love borrowing (for the lack of a better term) celebrations from the West, I have seen Halloween celebrations at local malls before. This being my second year in Ohio, I have also experienced Halloween here. Somehow, I never grasped the concept.

Each year, the Association of International Students hosts a Halloween event at Mount Union’s Nature Center. A simple event, really. We sit around a fire, roast hot dogs and roast marshmallows to make s’mores. I like s’mores. Right after, we will head inside the Nature Center and carve pumpkins.

It is a great sight to see international students, my peers, carving pumpkins for the first time. Their excitement was actually the highlight of my night. I think pumpkin carving has no age limit. It is a good stress reliever for us college students. Everyone gets to express their creative side. Things got pretty creative if I may say so myself.

Halloween Work Out

Halloween Work Out

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The video is of our work out.  Enjoy =D

Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating, not for wrestling. There is no break in wrestling, but there is time to joke around.  Every year the wrestling team has a Halloween work out. After a long and difficult hell week, we still have time to dress up and have a good time. But in all seriousness, we still got a good work out in too.

The practice consisted of pictures and being judged by the indoor track team. The categories we were judged in were overall best costume and best group costumes.

We then ran around campus and in all the academic buildings to show ourselves to Mount Union’s faculty and staff members to brighten their day. They definitely appreciated seeing everyone in ridiculous costumes. This year’s costumes consisted of Sasquatch, Wayne’s World, White Chicks, The Village People, marching band leader and a sexy female nurse. I was Jacob Black from Twilight, and even our coaches were a bunny and a black cat.

After all the judging and running, we eventually would run our way to Gulling and do a circuit lift. The baseball team was ending their work out in there and they just had to put a smile on their faces. Usually people would say this is just crazy, but everyone gets a good laugh out of it.

If you would like to see more pictures, check out the Purple Raider Wrestling page on Facebook.

What’s the purpose of this?  Our coach likes to have a good time just like any other person, but he takes things seriously too. We are trying to be the best. How can you be the best if you can’t laugh at yourself once in awhile? It’s a perfect balance and it shows that we can still be the best and have a good time.

“The Haunted House on the Hill”

“The Haunted House on the Hill”

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Halloween brings about the words scary, candy, trick or treating, costumes, ghosts, witches and pumpkins.  However, on Mount Union’s campus Halloween also brings about the words St. Jude, helping others, service, raising money, and giving. This year, the Delta Sigma Tau sorority and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity joined together to spend their Halloween weekend in a much different way than most people do. Instead of dressing up in costumes and spending time with friends, they found a way to make a difference. The sisters of Delta Sigma Tau and the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega put together a haunted house to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital seeks to advance the treatment and prevention of cancer and catastrophic diseases in children.

The sisters and brothers put weeks of preparation into this event, which was known as “The Haunted House on the Hill.” The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, which is located on the Mount Union campus next to Bracy Hall and across from the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (the library), was transformed into a haunted house. Friday and most of Saturday, was spent decorating the house, setting up each haunted room and getting all aspects of the haunted house ready for business.

Following the set up, the house appeared as if it was a real haunted house that many people go to each year during the Halloween season. It took about five minutes to go through the whole house and in my opinion was scary! I know I screamed many times when I went through it! The haunted house was open to the community on both Saturday and Sunday night from 6-9 p.m. The admission fee was $3 and there was also a refreshment table featuring assorted cookies, cider and hot chocolate. Donations also were accepted, and over the course of the two nights $579.78 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This truly was a remarkable event that raised a good amount of money for a great cause. The sisters of Delta Sigma Tau and the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega made a difference during their Halloween weekend!

Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders

Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders

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Once you’re in college, most people would agree you are too old to trick-or-treat. I disapprove that thought, but none of my friends want to go trick-or-treating anymore so what did I do instead? I helped hand out candy to kids with the wrestling team and the rest of the athletic teams on campus in the Peterson Field House during Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders.

This was the first year this event was held and I’d say it was a success. All of the sports team were dressed in their jerseys, game wear and even singlets, and each team had their own station. The kids couldn’t simply just say trick-or-treat for candy, they had to earn it.

The children could kick a soccer ball, shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, bump a volleyball, swing at a golf ball or complete an obstacle course to get their piece of candy. Every kid there was enthusiastic and stubborn toward getting their candy, nothing was going to stop them! For wrestling, we had an obstacle course where kids had to scoot, hop, run with weights as big as them, army crawl and then hit a giant muscle beast as hard as they can. All of this effort was for a piece of candy.

For a college student, all the work doesn’t sound worth it, but for the kids it is. That was the point of this event, to make kids happy by getting candy from their athletic role models. It really did make me laugh seeing kids in their costumes struggling to hold and run with a weight and getting to hit someone with a ball. It was also interesting seeing my professors and other coaches with their kids. It was a reality check that professors aren’t just professors, they are parents that love to dress their kids in embarrassing costumes and watch them eat candy.

If this event is held again, I am definitely going to do it. I might even dress up to scare the kids just a little. If you’re an athlete and you didn’t help out this year, I recommend doing it next year. It’s nice to get away from all the studying and interact with kids once in awhile.