Students with the precious few sold-out tickets showed off their different costumes as they crowded the Blind Duck Pub at 11 p.m. last Thursday.

Halloween spirit was high as the line of students began to coil around the pub patio at 10:45.

Tickets went on sale last Monday at 10 a.m. at the information booth in the Student Centre. Students had started lining up as early as 7 a.m. to secure their tickets.

“We’ve been here since early this morning; no way am I missing the pub. I did this last year, too,” said Tyler Kristjanson.

The tickets sold out in 30 minutes, leaving many students looking for alternative options.

Chris Thompson, the president of UTMSU, dressed up as Luigi. He greeted the eager guests at the door as they poured into the pub, which was soon at capacity.

The music was a mix of Halloween-themed music, club, and top 40 that played well with the crowd. The dance floor stayed busy all night.

“Halloween Pub is always one of the most exciting pub nights, because everyone gets so into dressing up,” said Stefany Bakelaar. “The highlights of my night were seeing everyone’s costumes, or lack thereof, and catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while.”

Besides the usual collection of traditional Halloween garments, this year featured many group costumes, including Mario and Luigi, an Oompa Loompa and Willy Wonka, a SWAT team and prisoners, and a group of army infantry in matching fatigues.

An on-site photographer captured the contest for best costume. The Oompa Loompa took first place, followed by a blackjack dealer in second and a Lady Gaga in third.

Students stayed to dance till just after the pub closed at 2 a.m.

Editor’s note: Check out the video and a gallery of the costumes here.