Double, double, toil and trouble! I truly hope you all enjoyed your Halloween as much as I did, but I highly doubt it. Oct. 31 is one of my favorite days of the year because anyone can decide to be anything they want for the day. Seeing the creativity in people’s customized costumes and props is the best part. For example, one of my co-workers spray painted the word LIFE onto a white tee shirt and handed out lemons and lemon-flavored candy all day!
Student Council (StuCo) in conjunction with the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) helped to herald in the holiday here at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CU-KC). Lauren Strickler, StuCo’s Social Chair, coordinated a Halloween hors d’oeuvres affair for Cleveland students, faculty, staff and their kids on Thursday, Oct. 27. The event included haunting Halloween treats like zombie brains (hummus), bat wings (whole chicken wings) and eyeballs (meatballs with centrally placed black olives).
There were also holiday-inspired versions of classic fall games like corn hole. Candy and candy corn were also in abundance. Finally, and this is unquestionably the nostalgic piece for us 80s and 90s babies: “Twist the bones, and then the back, itch-it-a-cop-it-a, Mel-a-ka-mys-tic-a!” Yes, ladies and gentleman, Student Council aired Hocus Pocus, right here on campus! The projector screens and popcorn in the Dining Hall made it feel like an actual movie theater. Costumes were in full swing with pint-sized pumpkins everywhere.
SACA’s Annual Halloween party catered to an adult only crowd on Friday night. It was held in the Red Room at the Other Place in downtown Overland Park. Raffle prizes and a private DJ and bar allowed students and staff to twist and shout, while appreciating the plethora of awesome Halloween costumes. Dr. Seuss would have been proud to see the Cat in the Hat, Things 1 & 2 as well as Horton, from “Horton Hears a Who.” There were black cats, princesses and pirates, as well as a Batman vs. Superman showdown. The traditional contest for the best costume went to Taylor Baird, who attended the party as none other than Dr. Carl Cleveland III himself.
All in all, I think “All Hallows’ Eve” was enjoyed by all here at Cleveland.