Spooky delights set up weekend for frights

No Halloween weekend would be complete without some spooky spirit. Organizations across campus have ensured that this year's freaky Friday will be no different.

Starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend, several events centered around the haunting holiday will take place.

For those who prefer to get scared by a good story, English professor Kristen Gentry will be reading "Hauntings" in the Harding Lounge on Thursday at 4 p.m. This event is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and is their first mini-lecture of the year.

"It gives professors a chance to speak on anything they're interested in," said Michele Guido, a senior and president of Sigma Tau Delta. Guido explained that professor Gentry approached the group with the idea for a Halloween-themed presentation.

Thursday evening ushers in more delightful frights with the third annual Monster Mash Bash, sponsored by Residence Life and Activities Commission, and held in the Union Ballroom from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

"It's basically becoming a tradition," said senior Jenna Hunt, part of the advertising committee for the event. "It's a huge Halloween party."

The Bash will feature a mummy-wrapping contest, a DJ, crafts including pumpkin painting and more. Hunt noted that there will also be a RA date auction with a Halloween twist, in which students can bid on mask-wearing RAs to raise money for the Teresa House, an organization that provides care for those in their last months of life.

On the actual night of Halloween, Geneseo Late Knight will bring in special guest Suzanne McComas, a serial killer investigator, to speak at 10 p.m.

"She's a pretty interesting lady," said Diana Barun, Late Knight coordinator. "Not many people get to do something like that and hearing her speak is a unique opportunity for students."

From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., students from the Black Student Union and Korean American Student Association will transform the KnightSpot into a haunted house and dance party.

"The focus of these events is to provide alcohol-free events for students so they don't have to feel that pressure [to drink]," said Barun. "And it's a lot of fun, too."

Fight off candy-induced comas for more timely events on Saturday, with the Latino Student Association and Geneseo Alumni Association's annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration in the Union Ballroom. There, students can decorate sugar skulls, have their faces painted, or taste some food.

For those who haven't gotten enough wear from their costumes, the Geneseo Anime Club will be hosting a Costume Bash on Saturday night in the KnightSpot. Members will award attendees with the best costumes.

Though Halloween is only one day, student organizations have stretched the ghoulish excitement into three days of exciting events centered around the holiday.