Scaring up a storm at Douglas College


Student associations to host Halloween activities

By Cazzy Lewchuk, Staff Writer

The Douglas Students’ Union (DSU), Douglife, and the Office for New Students have organized a week of Halloween activities both on and off campus. Traditional Halloween celebrations as well as devilishly diverse events will be taking place.

“It’s been a team effort for sure,” said Douglife representative Anna Schachner. “Although different organizations were in charge of specific events, we try to keep the promotion consistent. We want Halloween activities throughout the week that everyone can get involved in.

“These activities are a great way to get the frosh students involved and keep the relationships going that they started in September. Many international students participate, and it’s often their introduction to Halloween as celebrated in Canada.”

October 28 saw 200 students confirmed for the popular haunted house-themed Playland event Fright Night in Vancouver. Tickets were sold to students at a heavily discounted rate of $10 each, along with free transportation from both campuses. Fright Nights continue until November 1, so while the DSU event has  passed, it’s not too late for some late night carnival-style scares.

“Halloweek Fairs” will be taking place at the David Lam campus on October 29 and at the New Westminster campus on October 30. On both days, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., activities will be present in the respective campus atrium and concourse. Activities including pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating, and a photo booth will be available at both events. Costume contests will also be occurring, so students are encouraged to dress up.

Returning from last year, and for the first time on both campuses, students will get to take part in a three-hour murder mystery plot. From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., participants will be given clues and work together to solve their respective mysteries. David Lam students will need to meet in room B3001 while students in New West will meet at the Aboriginal Gathering Place on the fourth floor. Teams of up to three or individuals (to be paired up) can register for free at

Finally, the week will see a grand finale with the DSU “Nightmare Before Halloween” boat party. Also taking place on October 30, the boat cruise will travel around False Creek throughout the evening and feature two DJ’s and three floors of dancing, food, and drinks. The event is for students 19-years-of-age or older with two pieces of ID. Boarding starts at 8 p.m. with departure at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Douglas Students’ Union building on both campuses. Students are permitted to bring one guest for the evening.