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Celebrate Halloween with these spooktacular events!

Though it seems as if we’ve barely stepped into the fall semester, Halloween is nearly upon us! Maybe you enjoy dressing up in a scary costume, bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins or simply pigging out on sugar-filled goodies. However you celebrate Halloween, there’s always something for everyone! If you’re looking for something to do to celebrate the spooky season, check out this list of Halloween events happening in the local community. 

If you’re looking to get started on the festivities early, Michigan Tech has a whole Halloweekend event lineup for this upcoming weekend! On Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., join Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) and MUB Board for a virtual escape room: Framed, in which you must prove your friend is not guilty of murder. Grab a group of friends, put on your best thinking cap and sign up here to see if you have what it takes.

Following the escape room, you can join them for a virtual CyberSleuth Murder Mystery party. In this event, you will interact with fellow players and a live moderator while you try to solve the mystery. Put your detective skills to the test as you pour over virtual clues. Remember to trust no one, as there is only one winner! Grab your magnifying glass and join the investigation here at 9 p.m.

Saturday night brings Peter Boie’s séance-meets-magic show “Summoning Spirits” right into your home with a livestream performance! Boie’s incredible storytelling techniques and spooky magic techniques will be sure to have your heart racing during this unique performance, just in time for Halloween. Tune in at 10 p.m. here to watch the show. 

If you’re looking for something a little more hands-on, fear not, as Beta Sigma Theta’s Pumpkin Carving Contest will take place Oct. 27-30. To join in on the fun, pick out a pumpkin, give it your best carving, tie on a piece of paper with your name and contact information on it, and drop your masterpiece off at the fraternity’s house, located at 1210 College Avenue in Houghton. A $5 entry fee can be paid by Venmo (@BetSigs) or by placing cash in an envelope in their mailbox, with your name on it. A socially-distanced carving event will take place at their house on the 29th, where people can purchase a pumpkin, carve it, and enter it into the competition. The winner will receive 15% of the earnings, as well as a trophy, while the rest of the funds will be donated to a worthwhile charity. 

Of course, Halloween isn’t Halloween without costumes, and luckily MUB Board has created a COVID-friendly way to show off your festive ‘fits! Join them for their virtual Trick or Treat Trivia and Costume Contest Thursday, Oct. 29. First, they’ll test your knowledge with three categories of trivia via Kahoot, and afterwards, show off your costume! The top three costume participants, along with the winner of each trivia category, will each receive a prize. 

If you’re looking for a way to join in on some local fun and take in the beauty of one of the Copper Country’s most historic buildings, check out the Calumet Theatre’s Spooky Halloween! On Friday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m., the theatre will host a socially-distanced night of spooktacular fun. Event highlights include tons of fun for the kiddos, such as games, candy and a costume contest for those under 17. You can then join them for a special showing of the movie Monster House in the historic theatre at 7:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $1, and more information can be found on the Calumet Theatre’s website

If you decide to participate in any of these events, or any other Halloween events in the local community, please remain considerate of others and maintain safe boundaries for yourself and others. If you decide to stay home, there’s many other ways to safely enjoy the holiday, such as an at-home costume contest between you and your housemates, or a good old-fashioned Halloween movie marathon. No matter how you celebrate Halloween, please remember that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Stay healthy, stay safe, and have a happy Halloween!

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