By Meg DePanise
With October here and Halloween fast approaching, Hood College students are looking forward to the events and celebrations to come and preparing for the fall season.
Among Hood’s annual Halloween events are Fright Night, the Ghoul Café, the Halloween Dance sponsored by the Black Student Union, and Safe Harvest.
Hood students kicked off the fall festivities with First Saturday in downtown Frederick on October 5 from 3 to 9 p.m. First Saturday, sponsored by Hood College and Mayne’s Tree Farm, provides a fun-filled day for both children and adults.
The theme for First Saturday this month was Harvest. The event featured live music, late shopping hours, art gallery openings and dining at downtown’s wonderful restaurants.
“First Saturday is a huge community event that shows off the heart of downtown Frederick and everything it stands for: fun and community,” Hood student Sarah Tapscott said. “It’s definitely a time for everyone to have fun.”
There was also pumpkin painting, a scarecrow making contest between the shops and restaurants, fall-themed crafts, free hot apple cider and a photo booth, courtesy of Hood College and a movie screening at dusk.
Erin Droneburg said her favorite Halloween event at Hood is Fright Night. “All those traditional fall events are my favorite and it’s great that Hood gives students the opportunities to do them at wallet-friendly prices,” Droneburg said.
Last year Fright Night was held at Crumland Farms. The details about this year’s haunted house are still being determined. As of now, Fright Night is scheduled for Friday October 25.
“CAB’s already pumped to get working on Fright Night. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say the students can expect to scream and smile as much as ever!” Campus Activities Board member Samuel Lopez said.
Currently, the Ghoul Café followed by the Halloween Dance is set for Wednesday, October 30. Students should bring their creativity and wear their best costumes for the costume contest.
Hood College student Kevin Parker said he’s most looking forward to Safe Harvest.
“As much as I steer clear of Hood events, I loved Safe Harvest in the dorms,” Parker said.
Safe Harvest is sponsored by the Hood College Chapter of Mortar Board. The annual event gives children an opportunity to enjoy a safe and fun night of Halloween-themed crafts, games, and trick-or-treating.
Parker continued: “It was fun decorating the hallways and hanging out watching the children come through. I’d inevitably see adults I knew in the community there with their kids, and it’s just fun to be a part of.”
Safe Harvest this year will take place on Thursday, October 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.
There are also many spooky fall events happening around Frederick this month including Candlelight Ghost Tours, Cemetery Tours, and Murder and Mayhem Tours. The City of Frederick will also celebrate its fifth annual Halloween in Baker Park.
Don’t forget to look out for the treats, crafts, and pumpkin carving happening in the dorms too.
Find CAB on Facebook and be on the lookout for flyers around campus as more specifics of all the fall events are decided.