Holidays at Graceland are a big deal, especially when it involves candy, costumes and pumpkins! Here are some Halloween festivities you might have missed around campus! Tess Morgan and Walker Halls celebrated Halloween here at Graceland with a good-old-fashioned Halloween party. During this time residents of the halls enjoyed pumpkin decorating and painting on pumpkins big and small, using all sorts of crafty ideas.
Jessica Dotson, Walker Hall assistant director described the festivities: “We decked out Walker with Halloween madness! The lobby was overflowing with sugary laughter and the scent of pumpkin in the air.” As a whole, the hall directors thought that pumpkin craving went well and were happy with the turnout. “The Halloween party in Walker was great!” said Jessi Ruckman, Walker Hall Director. “I felt relaxed, and I think the women there really enjoyed decorating their pumpkins and spending time together.” This kind of atmosphere was great for creating pumpkin masterpieces as well as memorable moments. Sodexo, aka the commons, put on a pumpkin carving contest. Some of the boys and girls houses did some pretty creative decorating (these pumpkins are on display in the commons so that everyone can see them).
Friday, Halloween night, residents of Tess Morgan and Walker took part in trick-or-treating. Graceland students dressed up in their costumes for local Lamoni kids while they visited the halls for sweet treats. Kids of all ages came dressed as anything from Elsa to a jellyfish or a pumpkin to Captain America. It is safe to say that the GU hall residents had just as much fun as the kids themselves. Not only the kids benefit from this but also the students as well; it is even sweeter knowing that you can make a child’s day. “The kids get to interact with the college in a positive way and the women love seeing the creative costumes and giving away treats in exchange for joy filled thank yous,” said Dotson.
As a whole, Graceland is a one of a kind place that offers many unique activities. Ruckman stated that “I’ve worked at other universities, and it’s still impressive to me that GU’s organizations and departments provide so many things for students to do. It’s not like that everywhere.” It gives not only the staff of Graceland a good feeling, but also its students who look forward to these and future events. “We are so appreciative to have the tradition continue year after year,” commented Dotson. Now that Halloween is over, students are in anticipation for the next big thing here at Graceland: New Year’s in November.