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Eerie Entrees, Clever Costumes Blend for ‘Spooktacular Week’

The Halloween spirit was clearly willing at Penn College this past week, as a variety of activities – including “Nightmare on Rose Street” (a combination of Dining Services’ Halloween Boofet and a masquerade party at Rose Street Commons) and the “Arc Asylum” haunted welding lab – added chills and chuckles.

– Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer, and Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

Far more friendly than frightening are scarecrows Allison D. Bailey (left), pre-dental hygiene, and Shelley A. Brosious, pre-practical nursing.
Far more friendly than frightening are scarecrows Allison D. Bailey (left), pre-dental hygiene, and Shelley A. Brosious, pre-practical nursing.

Turn back? "Not on your life!" say daring diners.
Turn back? “Not on your life!” say daring diners.

"The Queen of Hearts" (Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook) is among the kitchen characters at Capitol Eatery.
“The Queen of Hearts” (Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook) is among the kitchen characters at Capitol Eatery.

In a galaxy not so far away, the twins of Joseph J. Balduino, director of admissions, form a no-nonsense candy alliance.
In a galaxy not so far away, the twins of Joseph J. Balduino, director of admissions, form a no-nonsense candy alliance.

A patron responds as expected when the UNexpected emerges from a welding bay.
A patron responds as expected when the UNexpected emerges from a welding bay.

Crispy creepy crawlers in Capitol Eatery
Crispy creepy crawlers in Capitol Eatery

Among the alumni on hand were (from left) Justin Williamson, Amy M. Pfeiffer, Ashley M. Lynch and friends.
Among the alumni on hand were (from left) Justin Williamson, Amy M. Pfeiffer, Ashley M. Lynch and friends.

Sydney N. Caurvina, a pre-surgical technology major, and Everett B. Appleby, a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student, are Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat.
Sydney N. Caurvina, a pre-surgical technology major, and Everett B. Appleby, a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student, are Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat.

Hands-on instructional space by day, fenced-off House of Horrors by night.
Hands-on instructional space by day, fenced-off House of Horrors by night.

Student leaders Morgan N. Keyser and Ryan A. Gibson channel Sandy and Danny from 'Grease," recreating an iconic movie matchup.
Student leaders Morgan N. Keyser and Ryan A. Gibson channel Sandy and Danny from ‘Grease,” recreating an iconic movie matchup.

Rebekah L. Caretti, a dental hygiene-health policy and administration concentration major, rises from her not-quite-final resting place.
Rebekah L. Caretti, a dental hygiene-health policy and administration concentration major, rises from her not-quite-final resting place.

The Penn College branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fashioned a "Bot Maze" that captivated many in the crowd.
The Penn College branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fashioned a “Bot Maze” that captivated many in the crowd.

"Toy Story's" Slinky Dog, named "most interesting costume," is made up of Jordan P. Ihrig (left), pre-nursing, and Adelyn A. Zimmerman, baking and pastry arts.
“Toy Story’s” Slinky Dog, named “most interesting costume,” is made up of Jordan P. Ihrig (left), pre-nursing, and Adelyn A. Zimmerman, baking and pastry arts.

Aye-Aye (or maybe Eye-Eye?), Matey!
Aye-Aye (or maybe Eye-Eye?), Matey!

"The Three Horses" won for best group costume.
“The Three Horses” won for best group costume.

Daniel R. Gilson, welding technology, guards the gate ...
Daniel R. Gilson, welding technology, guards the gate …

... to CRU's "Haunted Hallway."
… to CRU’s “Haunted Hallway.”

A witchy wonder oversees “cauldrons” of savory soups.
A witchy wonder oversees “cauldrons” of savory soups.

From left, Connor J. Crawford, automotive technology; Christopher M. Tkatch, welding and fabrication engineering technology; and Andrew R. Rupp, aviation maintenance technology, turned out in varied get-up.
From left, Connor J. Crawford, automotive technology; Christopher M. Tkatch, welding and fabrication engineering technology; and Andrew R. Rupp, aviation maintenance technology, turned out in varied get-up.

Pirate duo Tricia (nursing) and Tiffany Zapata
Pirate duo Tricia (nursing) and Tiffany Zapata

The cast of "Grey's Anatomy"
The cast of “Grey’s Anatomy”

Getting wrapped up in a mummy challenge is Tyler D. Hodge, enrolled in building automation technology.
Getting wrapped up in a mummy challenge is Tyler D. Hodge, enrolled in building automation technology.

Magic wands and broomsticks are accessories that never go out of style.
Magic wands and broomsticks are accessories that never go out of style.

An "eye"-catching dessert
An “eye”-catching dessert

Accounting student Lacey M. Watson (left) and her sister, early childhood education major Sara C. Rooker, enjoy the festivities as "Evil Cinderella" and a pirate, respectively.
Accounting student Lacey M. Watson (left) and her sister, early childhood education major Sara C. Rooker, enjoy the festivities as “Evil Cinderella” and a pirate, respectively.

A multigenerational mashup playfully prowls the Field House floor for fun, games and food.
A multigenerational mashup playfully prowls the Field House floor for fun, games and food.

Sweets seeking treats! Anika A. Stewart, a dining services worker, shares a joyful moment with her daughters.
Sweets seeking treats! Anika A. Stewart, a dining services worker, shares a joyful moment with her daughters.

The Princess and the Pumpkin? Michael Richards, web developer, writes his own fairy tale with his trick-or-treating tykes.
The Princess and the Pumpkin? Michael Richards, web developer, writes his own fairy tale with his trick-or-treating tykes.

A madhouse in the Field House!
A madhouse in the Field House!

"Rosemary’s Baby” (baby carrots) and “Maggots” (garlic butter gnocchi)? Yum!
“Rosemary’s Baby” (baby carrots) and “Maggots” (garlic butter gnocchi)? Yum!

Beverly A. Hunsberger, dual enrollment specialist, delights in a night on the campus with her grandson.
Beverly A. Hunsberger, dual enrollment specialist, delights in a night on the campus with her grandson.

The spinning, bouncing “Meltdown” inflatable gets a workout in the Field House.
The spinning, bouncing “Meltdown” inflatable gets a workout in the Field House.

Zachary T. Peachey, a construction management major and president of the Student Government Association, oversees a dragon’s efforts at SGA's ball toss.
Zachary T. Peachey, a construction management major and president of the Student Government Association, oversees a dragon’s efforts at SGA’s ball toss.

“Dead Man’s Rib Cage” (spare ribs) is among the delectable (?) Capitol Eatery displays.
“Dead Man’s Rib Cage” (spare ribs) is among the delectable (?) Capitol Eatery displays.

The Super Mario Brothers and sons of Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation, enjoy a visit to their father’s workplace.
The Super Mario Brothers and sons of Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation, enjoy a visit to their father’s workplace.

Preparing to meet his pie-in-the-face destiny, Anthony D. Gobbi, a Phi Mu Delta brother, eyes up his assailants …
Preparing to meet his pie-in-the-face destiny, Anthony D. Gobbi, a Phi Mu Delta brother, eyes up his assailants …

... and takes a hit …
… and takes a hit …

... and then two and three more!
… and then two and three more!

Mission accomplished!
Mission accomplished!

Holy sugar, Batman!
Holy sugar, Batman!

A not-so-friendly clown raises the fear factor.
A not-so-friendly clown raises the fear factor.

Scaring up some delicious desserts at the “boofet” are (from left): Erica L. Gause, a nursing student from Bloomsburg; Carly D. Turgeon, pre-dental hygiene, Hooversville; and Korryne E. Gordon, pre-applied health studies: radiography concentration, Easton.
Scaring up some delicious desserts at the “boofet” are (from left): Erica L. Gause, a nursing student from Bloomsburg; Carly D. Turgeon, pre-dental hygiene, Hooversville; and Korryne E. Gordon, pre-applied health studies: radiography concentration, Easton.

Wildcats and characters of all kind take over the Field House.
Wildcats and characters of all kind take over the Field House.

That football is no match for a mini-Hulk! (In truth, one spin in that slippery costume and he was down for the count.)
That football is no match for a mini-Hulk! (In truth, one spin in that slippery costume and he was down for the count.)

Clothes make the man ... and pajamas make great clothes!
Clothes make the man … and pajamas make great clothes!

Xavier J. Warner, Residence Life hall coordinator at Rose Street Commons suits up for a team photo with some of his Resident Assistants.
Xavier J. Warner, Residence Life hall coordinator at Rose Street Commons suits up for a team photo with some of his Resident Assistants.

Does anyone dare to run this gory gauntlet?
Does anyone dare to run this gory gauntlet?

Signs of the season: Halloween T-shirts ...
Signs of the season: Halloween T-shirts …

... and caramel apples.
… and caramel apples.

A family caricature takes shape.
A family caricature takes shape.

Gathering up rainbow-inspired goodies at the PC Alliance table.
Gathering up rainbow-inspired goodies at the PC Alliance table.

Meanwhile, back at the Phi Mu Delta table, Gobbi endures his whipped-cream fate.
Meanwhile, back at the Phi Mu Delta table, Gobbi endures his whipped-cream fate.

Robert (“Bobby”) P. Kerestes III eyes a prosciutto-wrapped skull as he makes his way through the Halloween Boofet.
Robert (“Bobby”) P. Kerestes III eyes a prosciutto-wrapped skull as he makes his way through the Halloween Boofet.

Elizabeth “Ann” Hodge, a dining services worker, scares up some fun with her grandkids.
Elizabeth “Ann” Hodge, a dining services worker, scares up some fun with her grandkids.

Nervous laughter while awaiting entry to the welding lab.
Nervous laughter while awaiting entry to the welding lab.

Technology management student Stephen L. Lauman buys a raffle ticket from Ashley N. Irish, an applied human services major, at a table benefiting commuter students.
Technology management student Stephen L. Lauman buys a raffle ticket from Ashley N. Irish, an applied human services major, at a table benefiting commuter students.

“Harry Potter” (Dan K. Christopher, assistant professor of business administration/health information technology) oversees the magical games offered by the Health Information Association, along with health information technology student Holly A. Bennett (right).
“Harry Potter” (Dan K. Christopher, assistant professor of business administration/health information technology) oversees the magical games offered by the Health Information Association, along with health information technology student Holly A. Bennett (right).

Dipping into gross goodies (caramel and mini-marshmallows)
Dipping into gross goodies (caramel and mini-marshmallows)

Minecraft and Scooby-Doo outfits represent modern and classic entertainment.
Minecraft and Scooby-Doo outfits represent modern and classic entertainment.

Scary and sweet: the son and daughter (vampire and Ariel) of Lindsay R. Derrick, an alumna and nursing student, are among the eager early arrivals to the Field House festivities.
Scary and sweet: the son and daughter (vampire and Ariel) of Lindsay R. Derrick, an alumna and nursing student, are among the eager early arrivals to the Field House festivities.

Dressed as an Umbreon from Pokémon, electronics technology student Dylan M. Craig strikes a pose next to Capitol Eatery’s welcoming display – complete with a painting by Jamie L. Mahoney, graphic design.
Dressed as an Umbreon from Pokémon, electronics technology student Dylan M. Craig strikes a pose next to Capitol Eatery’s welcoming display – complete with a painting by Jamie L. Mahoney, graphic design.

Freakish – and creative – offerings by the Dining Services staff
Freakish – and creative – offerings by the Dining Services staff