Mason Celebrates Halloween with Upcoming Campus Events


By Claire Underwood, Staff Writer

As Halloween approaches, most college students are eager to make plans to celebrate the occasion. George Mason has worked with the Office of Student Involvement as well as the Patriot Activity Council to plan some inexpensive, student-oriented activities for everyone to enjoy.

Every year, Mason offers a discounted deal for students to visit King’s Dominion Halloween Haunt and this year is no exception. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28. Although discounted tickets for Mason students are already sold out, general admission tickets are still available from the park. In addition to the rides at King’s Dominion, tickets include access to several haunted houses and mazes, as well as spooky shows. A $10 meal voucher is also offered for the day.

Transportation to King’s Dominion is available for an additional $10 charge, with two buses leaving and returning to Mason at different times throughout the day. Tickets for the first bus from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. are unfortunately already sold out, but rides are still available with the second bus which will leave at 3 p.m. and return at midnight. Both buses will depart from and return to the Shenandoah Parking Deck. Students may also provide their own transportation if it is available to them.

Other events are also planned around campus for Halloween this year.

One such activity is the annual Witch Watch on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12-3 p.m. The event is open to both Mason students as well as families in the Fairfax community. It will be held on the lawn outside of Merten Hall and will include a variety of Halloween activities like trick-or-treating and candy giveaways.

Also on Oct. 28, students from International Friendship Connection will be hosting a pumpkin carving and costume contest. According to the organization, their events are “designed to bridge the divide between international and domestic students through social activities and events.” The contests will be held in the George Mason Global Center at 5:30 p.m.

The Patriot Activities Council is partnering with the Cosplay Club to host other fun, costume-themed events for Geek Week from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Specifically relating to Halloween, they will organize a costume competition on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. in the HUB ballroom. Costumes will be judged on their design, performance and creativity, with prizes awarded for the top three characters. This event will also be co-hosted by Mason’s Anime and Gaming Society.

The office of Student Involvement and the Patriot Activities Council work hard to plan activities for students of many interests to enjoy, and Halloween is a great time to take advantage of that.

Photo Courtesy of Office of Student Involvement