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The holiday of tricks and treats is upon us, and there are a number of events happening at Western to celebrate the spookiest of seasons.
Horrorfest: Oct. 24-27
Beginning Sunday, Oct. 24, ASP Films will be hosting Horrorfest, a four-night-long film festival of Halloween themed movies. Films will be shown in Viking Union 552, and tickets are $2 each. The schedule includes the 2007 Spanish horror film “REC” on Oct. 24, the 1987 comedy-horror film “The Lost Boys” on Oct. 25., the 2009 American horror film “The Orphan” on Oct. 26, and with the 1986 black comedy musical “Little Shop of Horrors” on Oct. 27. All films will be shown once at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m.
Jeremy Smith, ASP Films coordinator, said the film series is very diverse this year, and he made a conscious effort to choose different types of films in the horror genre.
“We have a really good variety of films this year,” he said. “We have an ‘80s horror film, a psychological thriller, a cult classic and a Spanish horror film. "Little Shop of Horrors" is a good lead into "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" event too.”
Smith said that not only does the event put people in the Halloween spirit, but it can also provide a relief for students who are busily studying for midterms.
“Take your significant other too,” Smith added. “Scary movies are better than romance movies for dates.”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Oct. 30
If you’re looking for more film-related fun, the AS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance is hosting a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at midnight on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Arntzen 100. LGBTA Coordinator Josh Foley said that the event has been so popular in the past that a second showing at 9 p.m. has been added. He urged students to come to both showings if they want a guaranteed spot.
The event features a cast of student actors who act out what happens in the film while it plays in the background. Meanwhile, audience members use a number of different props during various points in the movie. Foley encourages students to dress as their favorite characters from the film, and those who dress in costume will get discounted $2 tickets, while tickets are $3 for those who don’t dress up.
“The cast this year is really enthusiastic,” said Jordan Deal, LGBTA assistant coordinator. “We have a good mix of returning people and new people, and everyone plays really well off each other.”
VOC Costume Ball: Oct. 29
If dancing is more your style, then head over to the AS Veteran’s Outreach Center’s Costume Ball, co-sponsored by the AS Disability Outreach Center. The event will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 in the VU Multipurpose Room. DJ Maynard from KISS 106.1-FM will provide music, and food and drinks will be included. The price for Western students with ID is $2, and $3 for those without ID as well as the general public.
Underground Coffeehouse: Oct. 29
For those looking for more low-key Halloween weekend activities, at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 Andrew Anderson and Pete Mason will be bringing their warm acoustic sounds to the Underground Coffeehouse, located on the third floor of the VU. Anderson, an Idaho native and the show’s headlining act, has released two albums, a full length titled “As Long as This Thing’s Flyin’,” and a solo acoustic EP titled “The Sweatbox Sessions.” His songs range from a raucous mix of country-infused punk to delicate acoustic melodies. The opening act, Pete Mason, released his first album in 2009. His second album, titled “Seasons,” will be released this month. The show is free and open to the public.