Put on your fangs, stir your cauldron, walk like a mummy and get ready to say ‘boo!’ as Laurier’s Hawk Team puts on its first Halloween event.
On Friday Oct. 29., Brantford’s Hawk Team will be hosting “The Halloween Event” for Laurier students that will be sure to scare your socks off.
“The Halloween Event” is the first event of its kind Laurier has ever held and Laurier students and staff are raring to go.
This spooky event will take place from 5:30p.m. – 9:00p.m. in the basement of the One Market building, located at 1 Market Street.
As the first in-person event for students of all ages this school year, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawk Team is expecting about 100 students to get together and enjoy the thrills and chills of the evening.
For some students, this school year is their first on campus and a great way to mingle and meet new friends.
“This is a great way to meet other students if you haven’t already,” said Ashley Ramdhan, Hawk Team coordinator.
Ramdham encourages students of all ages to come to the event, make new friends and enjoy the mysteries and mystics of the night.
As this is the first in-person event of the school year, it is a step toward normalcy and will create high and haunted spirits throughout the student body.
While pandemic protocols will be enforced, including social distancing and mask wearing, the night will be as hauntingly exciting as ever.
“The Halloween Event” will feature hypnotist Jeff West who will have you in a trance from 7:00-8:00 p.m., a tarot card reader ready to predict your future, and a photobooth for students to show off their scariest faces collected in a keepsake.
“The Halloween Event” will also host a costume contest in the categories of best individual costume, best group costume and the most unique costume of the evening. Students are encouraged to dress in the most extravagant and outlandish costumes they can put together. Sign up for the costume contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. the night of the event.
The Hawk Team is hoping to see ghoulish, humorous and creative costumes throughout the night to grab their attention.
There will be three prizes for the costume contest and more for the door raffle, including items such as a Bluetooth speaker and a polaroid camera.
Other events include an open mic where students can sign up to show off musical talent, perform songs and dances or read their best poems. The audience is sure to howl with glee and do the monster mash in admiration.
Early bird students will have the opportunity to sign up for the open mic night through Hawk Team’s Instagram link. Open mic registration is also available at the door upon entering one market the night of the event.
Laurier students are welcoming the first on campus event of the year with open arms and are ready to see the talent Laurier Golden Hawks have to share.
“I’m very excited for the Halloween event! I’m most excited for the open mic! It’s so nice to see students come together again and share their talents on campus,” said Iona McMahon, fourth year English student. “Things like this are what make the Laurier Brantford community so great”
No registration or admission fee will be needed for this event, meaning any Laurier student can enter at any time and enjoy their evening, free of cost. At the entrance will be a registration table for a chance to win a prize in a door raffle draw. Students’ names will be entered into the draw just by attending the event.
If students choose to, “The Halloween Event” will also have a cash bar for students aged 19 years and older with ID to purchase alcohol throughout the evening.
Students will be offered various food and drinks throughout the night, so long as a donation to Shinerama, an initiative started by Wilfrid Laurier University to raise money for cystic fibrosis, is made.
While some classes and activities are still remote, in-person events are starting to make their way into the everyday lives of Laurier students. The tight knit community feeling Laurier holds itself prideful to is greater when students are together again and is represented through this event.
“The Halloween Event” will be one for the spell books and will be sure to leave you screaming in fear for hours of the night.