Eerie Entrees, Clever Costumes Blend for 'Spooktacular Week'
– Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer, and Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor
Crispy creepy crawlers in Capitol Eatery
Robert (“Bobby”) P. Kerestes III eyes a prosciutto-wrapped skull as he makes his way through the Halloween Boofet.
“Dead Man’s Rib Cage” (spare ribs) is among the delectable (?) Capitol Eatery displays.
Turn back? "Not on your life!" say daring diners.
Freakish – and creative – offerings by the Dining Services staff
Scaring up some delicious desserts at the “boofet” are (from left): Erica L. Gause, a nursing student from Bloomsburg; Carly D. Turgeon, pre-dental hygiene, Hooversville; and Korryne E. Gordon, pre-applied health studies: radiography concentration, Easton.
A witchy wonder oversees “cauldrons” of savory soups.
Dipping into gross goodies (caramel and mini-marshmallows)
"Rosemary’s Baby” (baby carrots) and “Maggots” (garlic butter gnocchi)? Yum!
"The Queen of Hearts" (Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook) is among the kitchen characters at Capitol Eatery.
Dressed as an Umbreon from Pokémon, electronics technology student Dylan M. Craig strikes a pose next to Capitol Eatery’s welcoming display – complete with a painting by Jamie L. Mahoney, graphic design.
Signs of the season: Halloween T-shirts ...
... and caramel apples.
Scary and sweet: the son and daughter (vampire and Ariel) of Lindsay R. Derrick, an alumna and nursing student, are among the eager early arrivals to the Field House festivities.
Holy sugar, Batman!
“Harry Potter” (Dan K. Christopher, assistant professor of business administration/health information technology) oversees the magical games offered by the Health Information Association, along with health information technology student Holly A. Bennett (right).
Minecraft and Scooby-Doo outfits represent modern and classic entertainment.
Among the alumni on hand were (from left) Justin Williamson, Amy M. Pfeiffer, Ashley M. Lynch and friends.
Magic wands and broomsticks are accessories that never go out of style.
Elizabeth “Ann” Hodge, a dining services worker, scares up some fun with her grandkids.
Sweets seeking treats! Anika A. Stewart, a dining services worker, shares a joyful moment with her daughters.
Gathering up rainbow-inspired goodies at the PC Alliance table.
Aye-Aye (or maybe Eye-Eye?), Matey!
In a galaxy not so far away, the twins of Joseph J. Balduino, director of admissions, form a no-nonsense candy alliance.
Wildcats and characters of all kind take over the Field House.
Preparing to meet his pie-in-the-face destiny, Anthony D. Gobbi, a Phi Mu Delta brother, eyes up his assailants …
... and takes a hit …
... and then two and three more!
The Super Mario Brothers and sons of Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation, enjoy a visit to their father’s workplace.
Beverly A. Hunsberger, dual enrollment specialist, delights in a night on the campus with her grandson.
The spinning, bouncing “Meltdown” inflatable gets a workout in the Field House.
Zachary T. Peachey, a construction management major and president of the Student Government Association, oversees a dragon’s efforts at SGA's ball toss.
That football is no match for a mini-Hulk! (In truth, one spin in that slippery costume and he was down for the count.)
A madhouse in the Field House!
Meanwhile, back at the Phi Mu Delta table, Gobbi endures his whipped-cream fate.
The Penn College branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fashioned a "Bot Maze" that captivated many in the crowd.
The Princess and the Pumpkin? Michael Richards, web developer, writes his own fairy tale with his trick-or-treating tykes.
A multigenerational mashup playfully prowls the Field House floor for fun, games and food.
Accounting student Lacey M. Watson (left) and her sister, early childhood education major Sara C. Rooker, enjoy the festivities as "Evil Cinderella" and a pirate, respectively.
Getting wrapped up in a mummy challenge is Tyler D. Hodge, enrolled in building automation technology.
The cast of "Grey's Anatomy"
Xavier J. Warner, Residence Life hall coordinator at Rose Street Commons suits up for a team photo with some of his Resident Assistants.
Pirate duo Tricia (nursing) and Tiffany Zapata
An "eye"-catching dessert
Daniel R. Gilson, welding technology, guards the gate ...
Far more friendly than frightening are scarecrows Allison D. Bailey (left), pre-dental hygiene, and Shelley A. Brosious, pre-practical nursing.
... to CRU's "Haunted Hallway."
Rebekah L. Caretti, a dental hygiene-health policy and administration concentration major, rises from her not-quite-final resting place.
Student leaders Morgan N. Keyser and Ryan A. Gibson channel Sandy and Danny from 'Grease," recreating an iconic movie matchup.
From left, Connor J. Crawford, automotive technology; Christopher M. Tkatch, welding and fabrication engineering technology; and Andrew R. Rupp, aviation maintenance technology, turned out in varied get-up.
A family caricature takes shape.
Technology management student Stephen L. Lauman buys a raffle ticket from Ashley N. Irish, an applied human services major, at a table benefiting commuter students.
"The Three Horses" won for best group costume.
"Toy Story's" Slinky Dog, named "most interesting costume," is made up of Jordan P. Ihrig (left), pre-nursing, and Adelyn A. Zimmerman, baking and pastry arts.
Sydney N. Caurvina, a pre-surgical technology major, and Everett B. Appleby, a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student, are Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat.
Clothes make the man ... and pajamas make great clothes!
Hands-on instructional space by day, fenced-off House of Horrors by night.
A not-so-friendly clown raises the fear factor.
Does anyone dare to run this gory gauntlet?
Nervous laughter while awaiting entry to the welding lab.
A patron responds as expected when the UNexpected emerges from a welding bay.