Get into the Fall spirit with SMU Residential Commons

Haunted House Fundraiser: On Saturday, Oct. 24 the SMU Global Medical Brigades welcomes you to attend their annual Haunted House Fundraising event. The Haunted House will be held on the McElvaney Lawn, 6000 Bishop Boulevard, between 8 – 11 p.m. All profits will go toward medications and flight expenses for their members to travel to rural Panama and medically treat underserved villages.

The Great Crumpkin: On Sunday, Oct. 25 Crum Commons will host a Halloween/Fall inspired Music and Film Festival featuring live music, pumpkin carving, free food, photo booth and film competition. Come to the Crum/Armstrong Quad between 3:45 – 11 p.m. to join in on the fun! Visit the event page for more information.

A Spooktacular Showing: Kathy Crow and Loyd Commons are hosting a Spooktacular Showing of the classic Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus! The event will also feature pumpkin carving, fall food, and FREE shirts for the first 175 guests. The feature presentation will be on Wednesday, Oct. 28 on the lawn in front of Kathy Crow Commons. The movie will start around 8 p.m. – feel free to bring a towel or blanket to sit on!

S’mores and More with Pulse: Come enjoy a warm fire, delicious S’mores and make new friends on Thursday Oct. 29 from 7 – 9 p.m. outside Armstrong Commons, 5809 Bush Ave.

SMU scares up some fun during Halloween Week 2013

Halloween jack-o-lanternIt’s almost Halloween – seek out some scary fun at these campus activities:

• The SMU Center on Communities and Education sponsors a free screening of the 1988 Halloween classic “Beetlejuice” for Scary Movie Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 on the Clements Lawn, between Clements Hall and Maguire Hall. The Easy Slider and Kona Ice food trucks will be on hand starting at 6 p.m. with food for purchase. The event supports The School Zone in West Dallas.

• Meanwhile, SMU’s Student Filmmakers’ Association and Program Council team up for Fright Fest starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 on the Late Lawn, between Simmons Hall and the Airline Road garage. The fall-themed fun includes candy, caramel apples, popcorn, pumpkin painting, and an outdoor screening of the cult-favorite horror comedy anthology “Trick ’r Treat” (2007). Bring a blanket and RSVP on Facebook or Twitter.

• SMU Preschool and Child Care holds its annual Halloween Parade on the Boulevard 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Wear your friendliest costume and come out to Bishop Boulevard to treat the mini-Mustangs – wrapped candy, boxed raisins, fruit snacks, packaged graham and goldfish crackers, and small trinkets are all welcome.

• Central University Libraries bring sharks, tornados and Tara Reid in a free outdoor showing of 2013’s instant Z-movie camp classic “Sharknado” at 8:30 p.m. Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31, on the Laura Bush Promenade at the Fondren Library Center east entrance. The screening is offered by SMU’s Fondren Library Media Collection.

• Meadows Opera Theatre explores the eternal battle between good and evil in its annual Halloween Opera Free For All. This year’s theme, “Singing Saints and Sinners,” features Meadows School of the Arts students performing scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera and Bizet’s Carmen. The free event begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call the Meadows Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

SMU Libraries welcome Halloween 2012 with a ‘Night’ to remember

'Night of the Living Dead' 1968 logoSMU’s Central University Libraries break open the vaults to present a horror classic on Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Legendary director George Romero’s first feature film, the original Night of the Living Dead, haunts the quad in a free outdoor screening beginning at 8:30 p.m. on the Laura Bush Promenade, Fondren Library Center.

First released on Oct. 1, 1968, and completed on a budget of $114,000, Night of the Living Dead went on to gross $12 million in the United States and $18 million internationally (as well as gross out viewers everywhere). The film soon became the most profitable independent horror feature ever made.

It also grew from its humble roots to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a motion picture deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” And in 2001, the American Film Institute ranked Night #93 on its “100 Years…100 Thrills” list as one of the most heart-pounding American movies in cinema history.

CUL encourages arriving in costume — the three best will win prizes.

> Visit SMU’s Central University Libraries online
> Learn how to check out movies from Fondren Library Center

Scary good times for SMU this Halloween season

Black cat and Halloween jack-o-lanternAnd now, a quick round-up of various Halloween 2010 events around SMU:

• It’s time to show your knife skills again as the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Competition this Thursday, Oct. 28. The competition begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Falls, where judges will hand out prizes to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best carvings.

• The SMU Preschool and Child Care Center‘s “Mini Mustangs” will host their annual Halloween Parade at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29. This year’s march of costume-clad toddlers will go from Hawk Hall to the Flagpole and back. Faculty and staff are invited to join in handing out candy to the kids along the way. The SMU Police Department will also be participating.

SMU-In-Plano will host a Halloween potluck lunch at noon Friday, Oct. 29. The party is in Room 118, Building 4. RSVP to Sharla Agnew before 5 p.m. Thursday if you’re interested.

• Can you wear a costume and climb in it as well? If so, you should consider the Midnight Cosmic Costume Climbing challenge at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Attendants will compete for best costume (that they can climb in) and food, drinks, and a live DJ will be provided. The event begins at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and will continue until 1 a.m. Bringing your own harness – shoes are optional, as Dedman also has rentals. For any questions, call the Climbing Wall at 214-768-9917.

RSVP by Oct. 25 for 2010 Staff Association Talent Show

SMUSA Talent Show 2010 logoThe SMU Staff Association’s 2010 Talent Show is scheduled for Oct. 28. And just when you thought it was safe to watch the dancing, music and comedy acts, SMUSA has taken advantage of the impending Halloween holiday to add a costume contest and pumpkin-carving competition to the festivities.

The action takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom (formerly the Grand Ballroom) in Umphrey Lee Center.

Those who want to enter the costume contest should check in at the registration table at 11 a.m. Oct. 28. Costumes will be judged on stage between talent show acts. Winners will be announced at the end of the show for the scariest, funniest, and most creative group or individual costumes.

To participate in the pumpkin carving competition, carve your pumpkins in advance and check in at the registration table at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Pumpkins will be displayed next to the table, where talent show attendees can cast their votes as they enter the ballroom. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest, and most creative group or individual pumpkins.

SMU Dining Services will provide a catered lunch at the cost of $11 per person. Register online to pay with a credit or debit card, or by cash or check.

Faculty and staff members are also invited to attend the talent show without purchasing a meal. RSVP online to SMUSA.

The response deadline is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. For more information, contact Staff Association President Gretchen Voight.

> Find more information at the SMU Staff Association homepage

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