Orange and black are not just Wartburg’s school colors. These colors often go hand in hand with a holiday that falls at the end of October.
This year, different groups around campus have activities planned for Halloween.
The mid-week chapel service known as Eucharist, is encouraging people to wear costumes to service that night, Emily Johannessen said.
“Sam Heinen is the one that thought of it during our meeting. She was like oh wait, that’s Halloween, let’s wear costumes,” Johannessen said.
Samantha Heinen, a leader of Eucharist, said that costumes may not be the only Halloween related thing incorporated in Eucharist.
“Our biggest Halloween related thing will be the dressing up part. We just hope that everyone will join in the fun,” Heinen said. “We will be putting on regular Eucharist with some fun twists that people will have to show up to enjoy.”
Eucharist is not the only group on campus that will have something Halloween related going on.
Wartburg College Dance Marathon is hosting trick or treating. This is not the first year that WCDM has hosted this event, Mycala Briggs, WCDM executive director, said.
“We have done it in the past and it was a lot of fun and quite successful, so we decided to continue doing it,” Briggs said.
This event is part of a national Dance Marathon event called “Trick or Treating for Kids Who Can’t,” Briggs said.
“We go door-to-door giving people information about Dance Marathon and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and asking for donations,” she said.
Briggs said this event is open to anyone.
The bookstore is celebrating Halloween as well by hosting a pumpkin carving contest, Janet Huebner, bookstore manager, said.
“Ashley Lang spearheaded the idea for the contest and once we discussed, it all fell into place,” Huebner said.
“This is an activity that many students probably did when they were at home and now with Wartburg as their home, it’s a way to help them keep some of their traditions.”
The pumpkins will be judged in three categories including: best use of resources, Wartburg spirit and most creative, Huebner said.
Pumpkins should be submitted for judging on Oct. 29 or 30. Winners will be announced on Halloween and prizes will be given, Huebner said.
“We look forward to seeing the carved creations and our students having some fun,” Huebner said.