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Halloween 2015 at EIU


 Photo courtesy of Mark Johnson

Check out these Halloween-themed events open to the public!

Block Party ‘15

4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; EIU South Quad

This event will include carnival-style games hosted by different registered student organizations throughout campus, live entertainment from the community, Bingo with prizes from local businesses, and carnival-type foods.  Students and children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

Open to EIU students, as well as local community children and their families.

COST:  $5 wristband (allows for one meal); $10 wristband (access to entire menu and games)

(Note: Menu items may also be purchased individually without wristband.)

Game tickets -- 25 cents each

Parents are asked to escort their children at all times, wait for escorts to assist them while at the event, and provide a separate bag for candy collected on campus.

Sponsors:  Panhellenic Council and Black Student Union


EIU Blue Madness

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; Lantz Arena.  Free admission.

Meet Billy Panther, as well as the members of Eastern's men's and women's basketball teams.

Kid's costume parade; EIU student costume contest; trick-or-treat for kids; kids' games, prizes and bounce house.


Haunted Observatory Open House

Eastern’s physics observatory will hold a special Halloween haunted open house, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. “While the gremlins got to our big telescope, there will be a smaller telescope out for viewing – weather permitting,” said James Conwell, physics faculty member.

“There will be Jack-o’-lanterns and candy, and the minions in costumes will have full run of the place,” Conwell added. “Visitors may even meet some genuine mad scientists!” As always, admission is free and open to the public.

The observatory is located in the southwestern corner of campus between O'Brien Stadium and the intramural softball fields. Those who attend may park their vehicles in the lot north of Wesley United Methodist Church and then walk to the observatory site.

Special Halloween Story Time Planned at Booth Library

A special musical story time is planned at Booth Library at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The free program will include spooktacular live music by members of the EIU music department and readings for all ages by the Ballenger Teachers Center staff.  Participants will then be allowed to experiment with musical instruments as part of an “instrument petting zoo,” presented by the Eastern Crossbones and Professor Erin Wehr from the University of Iowa.

Visitors are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and join in the fun. Activities will take place in the reference room in the northwest corner of the library.

Chemistry Colors Halloween:  Potions, Magic and More:  For Fifth through Seventh Grade Girls

The EIU Women Chemists Committee will host "Chemistry Colors Halloween: Potions, Magic and More" for fifth through seventh grade girls from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Charleston Public Library (Rotary Room B). The free event will feature hands-on chemistry activities relating to Halloween, including a "pumpkin clock" and "make your own glow stick." The afternoon will conclude with liquid nitrogen ice cream. Please contact Rebecca Peebles (, 581-5906) for more information or to register.

Shake Your Bones Halloween Zumbathon

The counseling academic and professional honor society Chi Sigma Iota will host a fundraising event to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois, located in Charleston. The Shake Your Bones Halloween Zumbathon is scheduled to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the EIU Rec Center. Tickets are $15, which includes an event T-shirt. The Zumbathon is open to the public and to individuals who are 15 years of age and older.

To register for the Zumbathon or to learn more information about the event, please click here.

Pemberton Hall’s Haunted Hospital

9 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31.  Open to the general public; admission is $2.  (Not recommended for children 10 and under.)  Proceeds go to HOPE Domestic Violence Shelter of Charleston.



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