Activities Deliver Family Fun … and Grown-Up Goosebumps

Several Wednesday events at Penn College, geared to children and the young at heart – and another certainly to be avoided by the faint-of-heart! – put the campus in the mood for Halloween.  Students living in Residence Life’s Village Apartments handed out goodies to youngsters going door-to-door during convenient trick-or-treat hours, followed by a carnival in Rose Street Commons. That evening also saw the annual (and expectedly imaginative) Halloween Boofet at the Capitol Eatery and the ghoulish goings-on at the Arc Asylum “haunted” welding lab.

– Photos by Tia G. La and Grace F. Clark, student photographers;
and Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

Buddies in heroic garb

Buddies in heroic garb

Pluckin' a pumpkin-pleasin' treat

Pluckin’ a pumpkin-pleasin’ treat

A trick-or-treat tradition that never disappoints is the costume of Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook at Dauphin Hall, this year dressed as Disney's Maleficent.

A trick-or-treat tradition that never disappoints is the costume of Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook at Dauphin Hall, this year dressed as Disney’s Maleficent.

By the hair on his chinny-chin-chin, a lad gamely takes Mom's hand.

By the hair on his chinny-chin-chin, a lad gamely takes Mom’s hand.

Jovial "Jaws" lowers the fear quotient.

Jovial “Jaws” lowers the fear quotient.

The college's welding lab is transformed into a shriekfest ...

The college’s welding lab is transformed into a shriekfest …

... delivering uneasy chuckles and undeniable chills.

… delivering uneasy chuckles and undeniable chills.

With Flounder in one hand, a costumed cutie makes a Halloween haul with the other.

With Flounder in one hand, a costumed cutie makes a Halloween haul with the other.

Donning Philadelphia Flyers finery for a Halloween party is Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne.

Donning Philadelphia Flyers finery for a Halloween party is Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne.

Eyeball cake pops were among the "eerie entrees, scary sides and hauntingly delicious desserts" promised by Dining Services.

Eyeball cake pops were among the “eerie entrees, scary sides and hauntingly delicious desserts” promised by Dining Services.

The eyes clearly have it.

The eyes clearly have it.

Who could say "No" to a face like this!

Who could say “No” to a face like this!

Bologna and cheese ... of the not-quite-boneless variety

Bologna and cheese … of the not-quite-boneless variety

The iconic mask of Guy Fawkes from "V for Vendetta" makes an appearance on campus.

The iconic mask of Guy Fawkes from “V for Vendetta” makes an appearance on campus.

Phi Mu Delta's Jordan D. Suter (left) and Jeffrey L. Bennett Jr. staff the pie-throwing attraction ...

Phi Mu Delta’s Jordan D. Suter (left) and Jeffrey L. Bennett Jr. staff the pie-throwing attraction …

... having a less messy evening than Blake R. Tyson, of Forest City, enrolled in the information technology: network specialist concentration (and on the receiving end of the frothy fun).

… having a less messy evening than Blake R. Tyson, of Forest City, enrolled in the information technology: network specialist concentration (and on the receiving end of the frothy fun).

"Why so serious?" asks dining services worker Alex L. Winder, embodying The Joker in Capitol Eatery.

“Why so serious?” asks dining services worker Alex L. Winder, embodying The Joker in Capitol Eatery.

What's a family event without the family! Jason K. Eisensehr, dining services manager, gathers his crew for trick-or-treating at The Village.

What’s a family event without the family! Jason K. Eisensehr, dining services manager, gathers his crew for trick-or-treating at The Village.

Style to spare, with an assist from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Style to spare, with an assist from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

"Harley Quinn" engages visitors to the Arc Asylum.

“Harley Quinn” engages visitors to the Arc Asylum.

Despite the "caution" tape, there's nothing to fear here!

Despite the “caution” tape, there’s nothing to fear here!

The Penn College mascot elicits smiles ...

The Penn College mascot elicits smiles …

... and offers a ready paw to a costumed passerby.

… and offers a ready paw to a costumed passerby.

Even the fruit puts its Halloween face forward!

Even the fruit puts its Halloween face forward!

The Village provides a safe and secure environment for family fun.

The Village provides a safe and secure environment for family fun.

From kid-friendly to kinda frightening – instructional space delivers its second year of faux terror in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

From kid-friendly to kinda frightening – instructional space delivers its second year of faux terror in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

In the midway atmosphere of Rose Street Commons, a student tosses toward his target.

In the midway atmosphere of Rose Street Commons, a student tosses toward his target.

A resident student reaches out to deliver a sweet treat.

A resident student reaches out to deliver a sweet treat.

Ian E. Gardepe, an engineering design technology student from Hawley, somehow found time to "grow" an impressive amount of facial hair for the evening's festivities.

Ian E. Gardepe, an engineering design technology student from Hawley, somehow found time to “grow” an impressive amount of facial hair for the evening’s festivities.

All smiles (and all dressed-up)!

All smiles (and all dressed-up)!

A reassuring smile takes some of the edge off a tool-toting menace.

A reassuring smile takes some of the edge off a tool-toting menace.

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