And how could we not? With a name like Transylvania, we’re used to the vampire jokes and the references to the historical region in Romania.
And, conveniently enough, the campus is cursed. Don’t believe me? Check out Mattie’s last post about the curse of Constantine Rafinesque.
Okay, I don’t really believe that we’re cursed. And I don’t know of anyone else who does, but it’s fun to pretend — especially on Halloween!
In honor of Raf (who turned 230 this year!), we hold a week of spooky events and activities the week before Halloween every year. This year we made it into a long Raf Weekend since Halloween fell on a Thursday.
And here are some of the events held on campus this past weekend:
- Last Thursday night, our campus improv team, ImprompTU hosted their Halloween show with some holiday-themed skits. (Seriously, if you’re on campus and there’s an improv show, GO. They are absolutely hilarious and one of my very favorite things at Transy!) At intermission of the show, they held a raffle for tickets to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the historic Kentucky Theater.
- On Friday night, there was a screening of the movie “Psycho.” — I hate scary movies, so I was not in attendance for that one…. BUT at the movie there was a drawing for the “honor” of getting to spend the night in Rafinesque’s tomb in Old Morrison. One group of four is randomly chosen every year.
- On Saturday, Lexington held its annual “Thriller parade” — check out this article from the Lexington Herald Leader about it, which explains this event way better than I could!
- On Sunday, Halloween movies played all day on the Transy channel on our TVs. Again, I don’t like scary movies, so I didn’t watch any. But they were there!
And then Monday was the main event. From 9-2, anyone could come carve pumpkins in Haupt Circle. (The locally grown pumpkins had already been “gutted” for us and everything!) After you carved your pumpkin, you could set them up on the steps of Old Morrison for Pumpkin Mania — you can read more about that event in Rachel’s blog from Tuesday!
And the fun will only continue today. Lots of faculty and staff will be dressed in creative costumes and there’s a big Halloween dance planned for tonight!
Of course, classes aren’t cancelled every Halloween or anything. But it is awesome to be at a university that doesn’t take itself too seriously. That’s what makes life on our campus so much fun!