BY KASEY CHEN
Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong
Students glowed under black light at the Student Activities Board’s (SAB) annual Halloween Dance at UAS on Friday, October 28. The dance lasted from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a brief break early in the evening after the fog machines caused the fire alarm to sound. Attendees filed outside while the DJ, student Axel Gillam, played tunes such as Sean Kingston’s, “Fire Burning on the Dance Floor,” and Pitbull’s, “Fireball.” After the Fire Department cleared the space, it was back to the dance floor for the crowd. Two large-scale, paper trees decorated the Student Activities Center (SAC), and a floor to ceiling, florescent skeleton hung at the back of the room.
Set up for the event began a week in advance, with many members of the UAS community coming in to help out. Students were greeted at the door with streamers and tables with food and drink. Attendees had their pick of three different types of punch, an array of chips, fruit, and, of course, Halloween candy.
Lights spun across the crowd as everyone put their dancing shoes to work. The event was drug and alcohol free, with members of the SAB monitoring the area to maintain a safe environment.
The costume contest began a little after midnight. It featured three categories: Scariest, Couples/Group, and Best Overall. A costume deemed, “Hel, Daughter of Loki,” took the prize for scariest. Couples/Group went to a pair dressed as Team Rocket, and the Best Overall costume was awarded to an inflatable dinosaur. Each winner received a $25 gift card to Fred Meyer’s.
The dance concluded a week full of Halloween festivities at UAS, which included an office-decorating contest as well as costume contest, both hosted by Student Government. Even the library was in on the action, offering a table of treats outside of Spike’s Café for students.
After the event space thinned out, and costume-clad attendees began to remove their masks for the evening, the dance came to a close, and the long night of cleanup began. After the SAC was returned to it’s normal state, the celebration was officially finished, and students began the march forward into next year.