Last school year the School of Informatics students voted the 2011 International Halloween Party as their favorite event of the year. This year proved no exception with attendance more than doubling from the previous year. Almost 500 students crammed into lecture hall 209 on October 31 for the 2012 International Halloween Party hosted by the School of Informatics. For weeks a team of freshmen and sophomore students worked with the International Collaboration Office planning a western version of the Halloween Fall Festival. Volunteers selected over 30 game booths to spread around the second floor of Yi Ming Building 1 for students to enjoy. Games included activities such as face painting, pumpkin carving, a costume photo booth, and apple bobbing. A costume contest was also planned, but the large turn-out caused it to be canceled due to an over abundance of entries.
The party began with an opening ceremony hosted by International teachers from Ireland, Canada, and America. Danae of Canada lead the students in an English song called “Trick r Treat Smell My Feet.” Several students then took the stage to perform the hit Korean dance “Gangnam Style.” When the energy was high, students were sent to explore the games and other activities.
In the tradition of Trick-r-Treat, lots of candy was given away to guests and tricks were found around every corner. Students were spooked by the scary movie clips playing in the lecture hall. They then had a laugh at the video pranks running on the English Corner television in the hallway. The most successful prank, however, was the making of “flour ghosts” when several students took handfuls of flour and tagged unsuspecting party guests with a rain of soft white clouds.