Celebrating Halloween Roosevelt style

by Raneen El-Barbarawi / Staff Reporter

The Haunted Carnival held at the Ida B. Wells Lounge. Photo by Raneen El-Barbarawi.

As bloody splotches of red, spider webs and skeleton heads filled the hallways of Roosevelt University, students decided to have their own spooky fun in celebration of Halloween. 

The Haunted Carnival, sponsored by Roosevelt’s Black Student Union and Level of Power Up, was held in the Ida B. Wells lounge from 3 to 8 p.m. Additionally, the third annual Res life Halloween party took place on the 14th floor from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Both events consisted of free food, a costume contest, prizes, games and more. The Haunted Carnival was a collaborative effort of the main sponsors, as well as SPEED, ALAS, RU proud, SGA, Sigma Gamma sorority, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Alpha Phi Omega. The event included hand-made games such as balloon pop, bean bag, knock the bottle and ring master. It also included face painting, a photo booth and even a basketball game.

Emma Vuillemot, a senior sustainability major and social media coordinator for Level Up Power Up, explained that they hoped to create an atmosphere for Halloween spirit, and join the communities of Roosevelt and Robert Morris together. 

“We want students to lighten up before finals kick in and have some fun,” said Vuillemot, who also operated the cotton candy machine.

Amari Jiles, a senior English major and president of Level Up Power Up, said that the Haunted Carnival event “represents what multiple different groups can do together for a special occasion.”

“We wanted to create a safe space for students to come together and enjoy Halloween,” said BSU president Ta’Tee-Etta Mcbride. “This event gives students a chance to have some fun and not worry about having to pay for Halloween festivities.”

The third annual Halloween party held by Res life on the 14th floor. Photo by Raneen El-Barbarawi.

The objective of the third annual Halloween party was to provide “a way for residents to come together, have fun, celebrate Halloween and wear their costumes” explained Abby Bautista, a resident director at Roosevelt. “We hope that residents can gain a nice exciting way to stay in and stay warm,” said Bautista.

Michel Mcbride, the assistant director for the Office of Res Life, explained that this year’s annual Halloween party was different from the previous parties, as spreading awareness and safety tips was at the center of this event. 

According to Mcbride, the focus of this year’s party was to “share information about consent and alcohol” to encourage students to be mindful of their participation in Halloween while being under the influence.

“We want to give residents an opportunity to chill out after midterms and encourage residents to do something other than going out and drinking, but to have fun in the building,” said McBride.

“It was a hard month to get this set up, but I think it was worth it because everyone is enjoying themselves,” said Jiles.

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