Program Board holds weeklong Spook-a-Thon

Program Board put on events for a weeklong Halloween Spook-a-thon. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, the Program Board kicked off their first Halloween Spook-a-Thon event.

The event is new to campus this year and replaced the annual Halloween Parties hosted by the Program Board.

In order to adapt to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the Halloween Spook-a-Thon ran the entire week leading up to Halloween and consisted of 10 smaller events.

The inspiration for this event was simple: bring the same Halloween fun to campus in a COVID-19 friendly way.

“I still wanted to do something that would measure up to our past events,” said Jennifer Lee, the senior event planner for Program Board. “So, I came up with the idea to do a whole week of events, trying to incorporate things we have done in the past into virtual or grab and go style events.”

Lee explained that the pandemic restricted the type of events held.

“We can’t have the events we would normally have outside of COVID,” she said. “We are trying to make the best of the situation we were all dealt, and I really hope that people enjoy it.”

All SVSU students were welcome to participate in the events. Safety was the number one priority.

Every event held during the week had at least one NEST Ambassador and advisor monitoring.

To make events more accessible, students were able to select a time slot that worked best suited their schedule.

This not only kept the amount of participants at a manageable size, but also allowed for adequate social distancing.

With safety being a top concern, Program Board made many of its events completely virtual.

“For our virtual events, the Speed Sketchers and Trent James the magician, we have a registration link, which will get them access to the Zoom Event,” Lee said. “It just consists of information like your name and ID number.”

All events were free to students on campus.

Many events even had “grab and go” bags students were able to take home Halloween-themed prizes.

Overall, the Spook-a-Thon fo- cused on letting students have fun during COVID, Lee said.

“The goal for Halloween Spook-a-Thon is just to provide a good time to our SVSU community,” she said. “We’re all going through a tough time right now, and I hope that our events can get people’s minds off all the negativity, even if it’s only for a little while.”

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