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Boo at the U canceled amid COVID-19 pandemic

This year’s Boo at the U has been canceled amid concerns that the large event would present safety risks due to COVID-19, Texas Woman’s University administrators announced Tuesday. 

The Division of Student Life, which oversees the annual festival that draws more than 3,000 local children each year, will replace Boo at the U with Pioneer Fright Week this year, according to an update posted on the department’s website Tuesday afternoon. Boo at the U offers trunk-or-treating, inflatables, games, photo opportunities, food from on-campus venders and free activities every October. 

“It’s one of the great event traditions here at TWU, and it always draws a large crowd,” student union director David Sweeten said. “However, due to the high number of volunteers required to run the event, we felt the best option this year was to provide alternative types of programs.”

Pioneer Fright Week will feature a week of socially distanced events including treats and fall drinks Oct. 26, a special effects make-up demo Oct. 28, a 24-hour Halloween movie night Oct. 30, and a haunted mansion photo station in the student union at Hubbard Hall all week long. 

The events will be limited to TWU community members only this year. For the full schedule, visit the student life webpage.

File photo by Sarah Pham.

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