By Michelle Adams
Campus was buzzing last week with the excitement of the Halloween season. With zombies running amok and spooky décor in the Student Center, Shenandoah University (SU) students certainly knew how to celebrate this frightening holiday. Among the dozens of All-Hallows Eve events were several costume contests on campus, starting with one at the Campus Activities Network (CAN) Humans v. Zombies kick-off carnival on Sunday, Oct. 25. Throughout the week, various student organizations held their own competitions. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Phi Mu Alpha included a contest at their Halloween Musicale, challenging students to make the best fairy tale costumes. Even the campus bookstore held a contest for the best Star Wars costume throughout the afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 29.
Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed business fraternity, held a costume contest in the Brandt Student Center (BSC) last Thursday, Oct. 29. Cecilia Leavitt, the head of their Social Committee, said that the winners were, “chosen by creativity.” They are pictured below:
First place was cinched by freshman vocal performance major Kaley Reid for her, “Young Skeleton,” costume.
Scenic design and theatre tech transfer student Kheni Wells held second place with her, “Penny Proud,” costume.
“Clueless Girls,” group costume earned third place, made up of sophomore business administration major Cameron Sickler, sophomore nursing major Shelby Ellis, and sophomore biology major Rachel Medovich.
Finally, on Friday, Oct. 30, Student Life held their Fifth Annual Costume Contest. Since 2011, Student Life has held SU’s only multi-day, online-voting competition. Student Life Information Coordinator Cathy Kuehner spent her Friday taking photos of, “anyone in costume,” in BSC. These photographs were then posted to Student Life’s Facebook page, where voters, “liked,” the pictures to vote for their favorite costumes. Voting closed the following Sunday at 5 p.m., and the winner was announced on the Facebook page as, “long-time Sodexo employee Ellen Suite,” dressed as Popeye the Sailor.
Shenandoah University offers several fun ways to get involved with the Halloween spirit on campus, including these costume contests. Be sure to get involved with next year’s competitions, perhaps using these costumes as inspiration!