UTMSU hosted the annual Halloween Pub last Thursday night where students in a wide variety of costumes crowded the Blind Duck Pub.
Apart from the traditional Halloween costumes, some unusual costumes included LMFAO, Barney, “Two Girls, One Cup”, and Where’s Waldo.
“This pub has even more hype because in addition to a crazy party everyone is always excited to see the creative and hot costumes,” Chris Thompson, VP Campus Life, said.
The UTMSU took a creative approach to promoting the event. They held a clubs dodgeball tournament alongside UTMAC to encourage healthy and active living. The winners received free tickets to the Halloween Pub. Also, members of the PUMP SQUAD dressed up in Halloween costumes while putting up posters around campus.
Tickets went on sale last Monday at 10 a.m. at the information booth in the Student Centre. Around 8:30 a.m., the lineup was already fairly long and the tickets sold out within 30 minutes.
“I was lucky I got my ticket before they sold out—I wouldn’t want to go early on Thursday and wait in another line,” said Sarah Atkinson, a student.
Some special features of Halloween Pub included an on-site photographer candy for those waiting in line, and a prize of Square One gift certificates for the best costume.
DJ Genisis was chosen by the Ministry of Student Life to play the event. He was also the DJ at the Shawn Desman afterparty during frosh.
“The weather was freezing, and the line took so long, but when we finally went inside it smelled like sweat and alcohol,” said student Natasha Butzow. “But the music selection was awesome—the perfect songs to dance to.”
“Overall, the night was a great success. It set the record for the fastest-sold pub,” Thompson said. “People started lining up at the door while we still decorating the pub. Shane, the pub manager, even started handing out cups of hot chocolate because people were in line so early. The party was full, and people were dancing past 2 a.m.—even after the lights had been turned on.”