On the rainy night of Oct. 28, excited, festive students gathered in the Gally Commons for SGA’s annual Orange and Black Affair.
They were met with thick spiderwebs stretched across the windows and speakers, bales of hay, and a plethora of Halloween-inspired snacks.
Guests had the opportunity to display their competitiveness by facing off in rounds of corn hole and pumpkin bowling.
A table featuring giant Jenga drew a crowd as anticipation grew for when the large wooden blocks would loudly tumble down.
Others took the opportunity to vie for gift cards in a mummy-wrapping competition or by attempting to be the first to eat a donut off a string.
“I wrapped Miranda Hudson with toilet paper,” said Paula Haslam, freshman. “There was tough competition. We sadly didn’t win, but we had fun.”
Attendees also had the opportunity to have special effects makeup applied to their face in a gruesome display.
Many came prepared to compete in the costume contests, featuring costumes such as Thor, Marry Poppins, and Elsa.
Sophomore Josiah Laraway sported a Boy Scout costume. He explained, “I just saw it in my closet and thought, ‘I haven’t worn that in a while’.”
Others chose to stand out with costumes like a flamingo riding a bull, a third wheel, or emotional baggage.
Couples’ costumes featured opportunities to become Tinkerbell and Peter Pan or Forest Gump and Jenny (with a friend as a box of chocolates).
Some friends planned ahead to rock group costumes like the three blind mice or a few M&Ms, while others stuck with pairs like a pineapple and strawberry or two Guess Who? cards.
“I absolutely love M&Ms; they’re my favorite,” freshman Mackenzie Hinchey said about her group’s costumes.
Overall, the event featured a wide variety of games, music, and food for attendees to enjoy.
Haslam said, “I wanted to see all the awesome outfits and play all the fun games.”
“My favorite part was seeing everybody else’s costumes,” said senior Raquel Fithian.
After students’ return from midterm week and fall break, the Orange and Black Affair offered them an opportunity to dress up and have fun with friends as they get back into the swing of the semester.