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TWU to host annual Boo at the U

Sierra Taylor, Managing Editor

TWU students and Denton community members enjoy the festivities and fun rides during the 2014 Boo at the U festival.
TWU students and Denton community members enjoy the festivities and fun rides during the 2014 Boo at the U festival.

Tricks, treats and zombies will all be a part of this fall’s Boo at the U festivities.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Student Union will host their annual Halloween festival from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Hubbard Hall lawn.

Boo at the U is for children in the Denton community as well as for the children of TWU students. The event offers a chance for TWU students to volunteer and interact with the costumed trick or treaters. In a recent interview, Assistant Director of Student Union Planning, Lauren Meyer said there is usually a turnout of over 3,000 people. Boo at the U offers a safe place for kids and their families to trick-or-treat and have fun.

Attendees can also participate in trunk-or-treating, playing in several inflatables and enjoy a zombie carriage ride. The Student Union partners with a company named Rustic Rides to offers horse drawn wagonette rides through Chapel Drive.

Meyer added: “We’ve got students dressed up as zombies wandering through the garden. When it’s light outside it’s a little less scary for some of the younger kids and as it gets darker, it’s kind of spookier for the older ones. I think the fact that there are live horses is the big draw there.”

According to Meyer, over 50 student organizations and 300 students have volunteered to help with the event. The Student Union has purchased and collected many bags of candy, however, they are still in need of donations. If you would like to donate a bag of Halloween candy, you can take your donations to Student Union 209.

The National Panhellenic Council, which is made up of Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Sigma Sigma, will also be putting on a haunted house in room 207 of the Student Union as they have in years past.

Meyer concluded: “I think this is the largest community event that TWU hosts on campus. So it’s a really cool opportunity to showcase our university, just be welcoming to a community that is welcoming to us. TWU students are welcome to come and join the festivities. The interaction between the community and the university is really cool one and I love seeing our students, in particular, being warm and welcoming and inviting to people from the community who come spend time on campus with us.”

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