IU plans Halloween, Day of the Dead events throughout week


Visitors learn about Day of the Dead traditions and practices Oct. 29, 2012 at the Mathers Museum Halloween Fun Fest. The altar will be open until Nov. 1 this year.  Luke Schram

While Oct. 31 is still one week away, IU is celebrating all week long with a series of Halloween, Day of the Dead and Samhain Sabbat events.

Day of the Dead Altar – Oct. 7 to Nov. 1

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures invites those with deceased loved ones to honor their memories at its Day of the Dead Altar. According to the museum’s website, the deceased can be recognized by leaving small gifts. Every year, the museum uses the previous year’s gifts to create the altar. This year’s altar was curated by local artists Rachel DiGregorio and Michael Redman. The altar will remain on display until Nov. 1.

Buckner’s Cave Movie Night – Oct. 25

As its annual Halloween tradition, the Caving Club at IU welcomes students to an underground movie night at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees can meet at the Geology Building at 7:15 p.m. to carpool to Buckner’s Cave, according to the event’s website. Non-CCIU students can pay $20 to cover membership fees and to use a helmet and light in the cave.

Ghost Walk – Oct. 26

The Folklore & Ethnomusicology Student Association will lead its annual Ghost Walk at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The walk will start at the Classroom Office Building and will move across campus to the Showalter Fountain, according to the event’s website.

Throughout the walk, FESA and members of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology will share campus and Bloomington ghost stories. The walk costs $3 at the door and includes apple cider and homemade cookies.

Samhain Sabbat Party – Oct. 26

The Sunrise Hive, a local tarot card reading center, will participate in Samhain Sabbat, the pagan celebration of Halloween, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center’s College Avenue storefront. According to the center’s website, attendees can come to learn about the Samhain totems of toad, elder tree and crane, which each symbolize various ideas and values according to the holiday.

The center will also build a small altar to honor the deceased where guests can present small offerings in remembrance of loved ones.

IU Late Nite Halloween Scream Fest – Oct. 28

This week’s IU Late Nite has planned several special events for Friday night in honor of Halloween, according to the event’s website.

At the Indiana Memorial Union, students can participate in “Nightmare on 7th Street” by walking through a haunted house and watching screenings of “The Blair Witch Project” from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Meanwhile, the Office of First Year Experience Programs will organize a ghost story event, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” at the FYE House from 9 p.m. to 
11 p.m.

The Herman B Wells Library will allow students to trick or treat through the South Lobby and Commons from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Teter Quad will also have a “Fright Night” haunted house from 9 p.m. to midnight, and Willkie Quad will have a “Midnight Madness” dance party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.Dennis James Hosts Halloween — Oct. 28

Cinematic organist and IU alumnus Dennis James will accompany the silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the IU Auditorium, according to a press release from the auditorium. James has accompanied silent films since 1964 and works to preserve these films through his period-authentic live music, according to the release.

Before watching the film, attendees can also enter the B97 Costume Contest. Tickets are available at or at the auditorium box 

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