Clubs, charity and candy at UAA’s Haunted Halloween Fun Night

With Anchorage’s annual Trick or Treat Town canceled, UAA’s Haunted Halloween Fun Night is expected to be one of the biggest indoor Halloween events in Anchorage this year.

“Last year we had around 2,000-3,000 visitors come through the event. This year we expect it to be bigger,” Rose Kruger, Club Council vice chair, said.

Photo credit: Jian Bautista

UAA’s Halloween fundraiser is run by UAA Student Clubs and Greek Life, and has been a large, annual community event for over 25 years. Each participating UAA club hosts a booth with candy and an activity or game. So far, 32 clubs out of the 50-club limit have signed up to participate in this year’s Haunted Halloween Fun Night.

Parking and admission to the event are free and tickets to participate in the different activities are $0.50 each. The number of tickets for each activity is varied per booth, ranging mostly from one to three tickets. The games and activities are all different and usually Halloween-themed.

“The purpose of this event is to give a safe, warm, indoor trick-or-treating experience to all children,” Kruger said.

An annual activity by children at the event is the cakewalk, put on by the Medical Laboratory Sciences Club.

The Society of Physics and Astronomy Students at UAA will be coordinating a bean-bag “Cassini toss,” where participants will throw bean bags representing the NASA spacecraft Cassini at a board decorated like Saturn.

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The UAA Native Student Council will have a giant nose for participants to search in for candy.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon will host a monster attack, letting participants shoot down the members of the fraternity, dressed up as monsters, with Nerf guns.

The university’s radio station, KRUA, will be hosting a “chuck the chicken” game. Members of KRUA will be dressing up as chefs while the participants throw rubber chickens into buckets.

Seventy-five percent of the proceeds raised during the event are kept by the participating UAA clubs for funding for their organization and 25 percent is donated to a chosen charity. In 2016, the event donated $3,656.38 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Anchorage. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Anchorage was chosen to be the recipient again.

“We chose [Big Brothers Big Sisters] because we want to start a partnership-type relationship,” Emily Wood, Club Council chair, said. “There’s a ton of really great philanthropies in Anchorage, but we figured that they would benefit from having this reliable donation every year, and it’ll help both of us grow our organizations.”

The event will be held on the second floor of the Student Union, from 1-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28. In true Halloween spirit, all ages are encouraged to dress-up for this family-friendly event.