Halloween may have fallen on a busy Wednesday this year, but that didn’t stop Cogswell’s ASB from throwing a spooky party to let students celebrate a week of Halloween spirit. The Monster Mash began on Friday, November 2nd in the Dragon’s Den, and the festivities lasted from 6PM to 10PM.
The main part of the Monster Mash was in the Dragon’s Den, which was decorated with jack-o-lanterns, candles, and a spooky castle at the front of the room. Students could find a variety of beverages at The Armory, including blood-red punch with fake eyeballs and edible glitter, and juice that you could drink from an IV bag. As far as food, there was no shortage of pizza, as well as cupcakes and plenty of candy. “It gave the impression that it was well thought out. I liked the aesthetic,” student Ethan Baker mentions.
After about an hour of food, mingling, and music, the games began. The first game, which had many guests out of their seats to participate, had students using a crossbow to shoot suction arrows at targets on a large werewolf statue (whose name was apparently Seamus). The second game involved partners: one person would wrap up their partner in toilet paper like a mummy and spin them around, then the mummified partner would try to walk in a straight line across the room without stumbling from dizziness. The third game, which took inspiration from Dr. Frankenstein, had pairs of students working together to glue different doll limbs together to try to create a “monster” doll. “I enjoyed the games, especially the one with the Frankenstein doll,” Baker tells the Chronicle.
In between each game was fun, spooky dance music and a chance for students to make friends and party. “People got really into it,” said GDE student Jordan Robertson. After the games had finished, ASB President Samantha Silvers led “search parties” through the hallways of the campus, which toured several different rooms that had been decorated like a haunted house. “It was not just enjoyable, but thrilling too,” student Jenna de Vries says. The first room had been covered floor to ceiling with webs and spider decorations, and a hanging body wrapped in spider webs brought the whole look together. The second room had a mad scientist theme, with a doctor trying to feed brains to a helpless victim. The last room featured a summoning ritual with a doll that would come to life, and start screaming. Several other rooms throughout the hallway displayed spooky red screens that enhanced the feeling of a haunted Cogswell.
Towards the end of the event, several items were raffled off to party goers, including Funko Pop figurines, plushies, and many other fun, collectible goodies in the spirit of Halloween. After all the prizes had disappeared, the party continued outside where students were given the chance to smash the pumpkins that had been carved earlier in the week.
Although many of the students who attended had a good time, the turnout was seemingly low. Some believe the attendance could have been improved if ASB had advertised the event earlier and heavier in October to attract more students. “I would have liked even more people coming,” mentioned de Vries.
Despite a light turnout, the Monster Mash was overall an enjoyable, successful event, and many are excited to see what else ASB has planned for the rest of this fall.