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Celebrating those cheery, eerie Halloween nights


“In this town we call home, everybody hail to the pumpkin song,” say the lyrics in a modern-day film favorite, and Penn College students surely welcomed Halloween with a pair of juxtaposed traditions: kid-friendly hours for trick-or-treating at The Village Apartments on Wednesday, balanced by the following night’s shudder-inducing attraction of the ever-expanding “Arc Asylum” haunted welding laboratory.

– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann and J.J. Boettcher, student photographers

Village residents go all out for the occasion, showing off their decorating skills and pleasantly sharing the latest in cobwebby cuisine.
Village residents go all out for the occasion, showing off their decorating skills and pleasantly sharing the latest in cobwebby cuisine.

A cute li'l stinker assesses his take-home treat.
A cute li’l stinker assesses his take-home treat.

Screaming and sprinting through their fright night in the welding lab, this group aims for (relative) safety in numbers.
Screaming and sprinting through their fright night in the welding lab, this group aims for (relative) safety in numbers.

A fall fixture returns to The Village.
A fall fixture returns to The Village.

Seasonal ambiance marks the burial site of a time capsule that dates to 1997-98, the first full year that students lived in The Village. The capsule, which contains memorabilia – photos, newspaper clippings, a list of then-popular music and fads, etc. – will be opened in May 2023. It was designed and built by former construction instructor James A. Potter II and dedicated in memory of Joseph A. DeFeo, Village Council president, who died in April 1998.
Seasonal ambiance marks the burial site of a time capsule that dates to 1997-98, the first full year that students lived in The Village. The capsule, which contains memorabilia – photos, newspaper clippings, a list of then-popular music and fads, etc. – will be opened in May 2023. It was designed and built by former construction instructor James A. Potter II and dedicated in memory of Joseph A. DeFeo, Village Council president, who died in April 1998.

Jamie R. Miller, residence life coordinator and Wildcat wrestling coach, takes the gory gauntlet all in stride. His companion? Not so much.
Jamie R. Miller, residence life coordinator and Wildcat wrestling coach, takes the gory gauntlet all in stride. His companion? Not so much.

As stylin' as she is scary, this young lady knows "witch" way to go for candy.
As stylin’ as she is scary, this young lady knows “witch” way to go for candy.

Boisterous boys making noise add to the chain-link chills.
Boisterous boys making noise add to the chain-link chills.

A goodhearted event clearly brings more smiles than dread.
A goodhearted event clearly brings more smiles than dread.

Coulrophobics, beware!
Coulrophobics, beware!

A tenant stocks up on a monster-sized supply to sweeten the little creatures at her doorstep.
A tenant stocks up on a monster-sized supply to sweeten the little creatures at her doorstep.

A gentle warning points the way.
A gentle warning points the way.

There's horror at every turn in this campus Halloween tradition.
There’s horror at every turn in this campus Halloween tradition.

Web and interactive media instructor Spyke M. Krepshaw and family enjoy their on-campus outing.
Web and interactive media instructor Spyke M. Krepshaw and family enjoy their on-campus outing.

Just another "pleasant" face greets visitors to the Arc Asylum.
Just another “pleasant” face greets visitors to the Arc Asylum.

The annual event provides a safe and welcoming Halloween environment for younger members of the Penn College family.
The annual event provides a safe and welcoming Halloween environment for younger members of the Penn College family.

The things you see on an evening stroll!
The things you see on an evening stroll!

Nope. No way, dude. Definitely NOT going down there.
Nope. No way, dude. Definitely NOT going down there.

Hogwarts and a hard hat add up to family fun.
Hogwarts and a hard hat add up to family fun.

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