By Lorena Grajales, News Editor-
Departments across campus created events leading up to Halloween for students to connect, engage and celebrate the holiday.
Due to strict Covid-19 health regulations, many of the regular Halloween events such as the Disability Resource Center’s and library’s open house, magic shows and other social events were canceled to keep students and staff safe.
The Office of Student and Family Engagement stayed festive with two events for students to enjoy the Halloween celebrations.
“Paint-A-Pumpkin” consisted of two in-person sessions and one virtual session, all lasting one hour. During this time, students were given materials and painted their own mini pumpkins in the University Center.
“Halloween Screen on the Green,” an outdoor showing of a Halloween movie voted on by students, will be played at Chamberlain Field on Monday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 p.m.
Although the library canceled the open house this year, their annual Halloween costume contest is scheduled for next week, where students will compete to receive up to $50 in Starbucks gift cards.
Assessment and Outreach Librarian, Chantelle Swaren advised students to virtually submit a photo of their costume or go to the library for an in-person shot. Winners will be determined by Facebook voters.
UTC’s West Campus housing hosted reverse trick or treating for residents the week of Oct. 19 and are continuing the series of events leading up to Halloween.
Amongst these is a pumpkin painting opportunity, the horror movie showing “Cereal Killer,” “Lotería Game Night” and “Tie-Dye(versity),” a diversity and inclusion program.
All events will be conducted through Zoom to stay within health guidelines.
“Take Back the Night” is an event made to recognize and protest gender-based violence all around the world. In previous years, the event has consisted of a march and a candlelight vigil but due to Covid-19, the event was made virtual.
Students can join the Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28 to show support, honor the survivors and commemorate those who have lost their lives. Students are also encouraged to share their survival stories, to help others similar circumstances.
To view more upcoming events nearing Halloween, visit the Mocs Sync website at https://mocsyncorgs.utc.edu/events