Trinity throws a new Halloween party – Trinitonian
The Student Programming Board’s latest concoction is called Fright Night Fest
Fright Night Fest, one of Trinity’s newest Halloween events on campus, takes place at the Jim Potter Intramural Grounds this Friday at 8 p.m. and an event planner from the Student Programming Board (SPB).
“I hope it will be a fashionable tradition moving forward,” Kostopoulos said. “That’s what we hope is that it will be an annual thing where we have some kind of Halloween festival.”
In the past, the Trinity campus has celebrated Halloween through events like TigerTV’s annual Halloween specials, the classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and the various Halloween-themed socials hosted by campus clubs. But large in-person events specifically focused on celebrating Halloween are less common.
“There really isn’t much going on, other than Halloween at Oakmont, it’s here on campus, it’s super accessible for students to come and celebrate Halloween,” Kostopoulos said.
Chloe Scroggins, Senior Business Analyst and Technology Specialist and SPB Event Organizer, explained that SPB’s Halloween event last year was a Waka Flocka Flame concert that took place on the same grounds. The event itself was a success but not Halloween-themed like Fright Night Fest will be.
“Last year we had Waka Flocka at the same time…but now we’re trying to do a Halloween festival, [the] first of its kind,” Scroggins said.
SPB plans to go big this year with the Fright Night Fest budget. Participating students will be able to enjoy perks like a haunted house, Halloween-themed food and drink, a DJ, and more.
“The overall experience that students are going to have at this event is going to be enhanced because it’s a bigger budget event, which means we can splurge a bit more on things to make the super cool vibe,” Kostopoulos said. . “So, unlike Waka Flocka, there will be a real dance floor which will light up and be lit by LED lights, as well as a full DJ which we have hired and who has a booth. We have selected our own songs that we wanted to play.
Scroggins explained that the goal of the event is to have a little something for everyone.
“We want it to be where if you don’t like the dance floor, you can do Haunted Maze. If you don’t like Haunted Maze, you can sit with free food in the lounge,” Scroggins said. “If you don’t like it, we have a photo booth.”
Because SPB is student-led, the gap between event planning and attendance is smaller. Being both student and event organizer means that SPB knows what students really want when it comes to entertainment and can make those wishes come true.
“It’s an event that we students can choose for other students because we know what we like,” Kostopoulos said.
Christina Garcia, a political science major, also mentioned that students have the opportunity to volunteer at future SPB events. Everyone is welcome and volunteers receive a free gift card.
“If anyone else wants to volunteer and help SPB at future events, please do so… They get a gift card to come and volunteer for an hour,” said Garcia.
Students who have other plans that night can easily fit the 8 p.m. party into their schedule, as Fright Night Fest takes place in an easily accessible part of campus and students are free to come and go at their way.
“It’s going to be on the IM field,” Scroggins said. “So freshmen can just walk over there and we don’t have to ferry you around. It should just be an immersive experience. Like, ‘oh, come in, like come in costume.’ It would be really fun.
Garcia had similar thoughts, adding that she thought the event could be a unifying experience.
“I feel like it’s a really good way to make friends. It’s just a good way for Trinity students to all be in one space,” Garcia said. “I find that often our campus can be a bit divided. And I think that gives us the opportunity to all be together.