Halloween Happenings: A guide to parties and hauntings for your Halloween enjoyment

Lilly Necker / Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 25, 2011

As  the days are getting shorter it’s time for all the werewolves, witches and ghosts to show their creepy faces and play. Many events on and around campus allow the Halloween monsters inside of us break free or just spend a decent spooky time on the scariest night of all nights.

Wood Center:

On Saturday, Oct. 29,the Wood Center hosts the third annual Family Halloween Bash Activities such as Mars vs. Aliens Bowling, Space Walk, Fishing in Space, and Rocket Launch promise fun from out of this world. Kids from 1 to 12 years in age must have adult supervision. Participants who bring a can of food support the Fairbanks Community Food Bank and earn free admission. The family-friendly creepy fun starts at 4p.m. and runs until 6p.m.

Dancers of all ages can participate in “Thrill The World 2011.” They’ll perform at Wood Center at 6 p.m. and invite all of Fairbanks to join them. It’s part of an effort to break the world record in dancing the thriller dance at the same time. Organizer Kelly Kohler says the start time may change. Check the “Thrill the world 2011: Fairbanks, Alaska” Facebook page for updates.

Residence Life:

The Department of Residence Life is staging a Freak Week for UAF students.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25 an event called “Ghoulish Crafts” in the Hess Recreation Center offers the opportunity to create Halloween cards. The event also features giveaways from 9 until 11 p.m. 

From 9 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday the Voodoo Lounge opens their doors for thirsty vampires who are ready to have fun with non alcoholic and tasty drinks in the Hess Rec.

The Nanook Horror Theater occupies the Hess Recreation Center on Thursday, Oct. 27 for a showing of the film “Hobo With a Shotgun”  at 8 p.m.

For those concerned about the undead, Zombie Survival Training with the Zombie Attacks program will be offered on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Hess Recreation Center. Participants will learn how to not get bitten and other general safety tips.

Chilling Children’s Carnival including Trick or Treating tours in MBS will get the little ones into the right Halloween Holiday feeling on Saturday. Kids can start filling their bags with candy at 5:30 p.m. and can go home with a big chocolate smiles at 8 p.m. 

“The biggest dance of the year,” according to Moore Hall Residence Director Brad Bishop, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29. Partiers 18 years old or older can put their bodies in a fancy costume and shake it at the Boogaloo Bungalow costume dance. The party starts in the Hess Recreation center at 10 p.m., and ends at 3 a.m.

International Students Organization offers a relaxed evening with creepy entertainment at Halloween Movie Night Oct. 30. Movies start at 6:30 p.m. with a variety of different Halloween shockers. Everyone may bring own favorite movie as well.

The event will be a potluck so it would be great if you could bring a dish to share, ideally from your home country. To make sure that this evening will not be a horror experience of a special kind for a people with food allergies, cooks should play on the safe side and bring a list with all the ingredients.

The Pub will host Halloween X2 with DJ XX & Dag Friday night starting at 9 p.m. Saturday night features Bootyslayer & GSpot at 9p.m.

Down Town:

Those who can’t stand the horror feeling of being reminded of school while staying on campus for the weekend can go downtown. Places to go include Bobby’s and The Big I Pub & Lounge on Saturday Oct. 29. Both locations are hosting Halloween parties with special drinks, live music and the opportunity to dance the night away.

Monday after:

Those who still want to socialize can spend a relaxed Monday at the Museum of the North. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the museum showcases bones and bugs, bats and birds in its museum research labs and galleries.

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theater will host the special Halloween showing of “Sleepless Night” at 6 p.m. and  “Macbeth” at 8 p.m. at the Empress Theater. Local musicians and spoken word artists will put on the Halloween-themed performances.

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