RRCSA hosts annual Halloween Week celebrations

By Julianna Chubenko

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Red River College Student Association (RRCSA) kept Halloween spirit alive last week with a series of virtual Halloween events for students.

“Halloween Week is an annual series of events run by the Student Association, so of course we had to keep the tradition going,” said Jemma Ignacio, 24, RRCSA’s director of events.

Ignacio said Halloween Week is usually one of the SA’s busiest weeks of the year, but due to COVID-19, this year’s student engagement is lower.

Ignacio said it was new territory for her to come up with engaging Halloween ideas that could happen virtually.

The week started off on Monday with a thrilling Netflix party featuring all three Insidious movies.

RRCSA hosted a triple feature of terror on Monday, Oct. 26./RRCSA

“I wanted to somehow feel engaged with the activities at school, despite the distanced learning,” said Jennifer Javier, 29, a Business Technology Management student at RRC. 

She said she loved the event and felt having Halloween virtually was a good way to inform students of the events.

“I’m looking forward to more events,” said Javier.

Tuesday’s virtual event was a little messier. Students were encouraged to carve pumpkins using ghost and ghoul templates the RRCSA provided through social media. 

Wednesday’s event satisfied Halloween treat cravings with recipes detailing how to make spider cookie truffles, peanut butter monsters, and a graveyard cake.

On Thursday, students participated in a DIY Halloween costume event. This allowed students to create their own creative Halloween costumes from home with ideas from the Student Association.

On Friday, the week ended off with a list of the best Halloween movies, video games and recommendations for students to enjoy from the comfort of their home. 

On top of these events, the Student Association held a costume contest all week. Students participated by posting their costumes on social media using the hashtag #rrcsahalloween20. Participants of the costume contest had the opportunity to win one of three gift cards. 

“I could tell not many people were in the Halloween spirit this year,” said Ignacio.

She added her goal is to let students know the Student Association is always there for them in more ways than just hosting events. 

To see upcoming events and what services RRCSA has to offer, check out RRCSA’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.