From haunted houses to scary costumes and spooky décor, Halloween has always been closely associated with fear. However, to celebrate Halloween this year, the PSUB Late Nights event No Tricks, Just Treats emphasized the simple joy of camaraderie and spending time with friends. With a variety of desserts, activities, arts and crafts, No Tricks, Just Treats was the perfect event to meet up with friends while enjoying some favorite Halloween festivities.
As the clock struck 8:00pm on Friday evening, students rushed into the North Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union, eagerly waiting to purchase a ticket for the Rocky Horror Picture Show. WIth elaborate skirts, accessories, and make-up, students displayed a variety of costumes that fit the Rocky Horror theme. For the Rocky Horror Picture Show, students had the option of purchasing an additional survival kit with a variety of items that were used to create an interactive audience experience as they watched the show.
After purchasing their tickets, students wandered throughout the ballroom to look at the variety of activities offered. For the Halloween crafts such as make-your-own Halloween mask, door hangers, and color scratchers, students used their creativity and imagination and put their artistic skills to work. When it was time for a break, students could head to the tables to grab brownies, dirt pudding, caramel apples, and candy favorites from the chocolate candy station. Halloween music echoed throughout the ballroom and Bingo numbers were called from the stage while students snacked, chatted and played rounds of Bingo. Additional activities included balloon animals and hats, popcorn gloves, and wax hands. For Jade Williams, “No Tricks, Just Treats” was the first PSUB event that she attended, and she loved it. “I really enjoyed the wax hands and balloon animals because it gave you a souvenir to walk away with and a way to remember the night.”
Alicia Buness and Leeane Chen, both members of the PSUB Late Nights Committee, were the project leaders for this Halloween event. Both girls enjoyed the experience of taking on a leadership role for this event. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see your own ideas and plans, everything you’ve been working on for the past month, come to life,” says Alicia. “I think the event was a huge success!” With over 500 people attending this event, it was obvious that the campus-wide event was a great opportunity for students to socialize, meet new people, and get into the Halloween spirit.