First live radio-hosted Halloween event to take place this Friday

By Simran P. Gupta
Staff Writer

Lovers of spooky Halloween festivities rejoice: this Friday in Quadside, Simmons College Radio: The Shark will host the first Spirits at Simmons event at 7:30 p.m. Spirits at Simmons will include events for everyone’s comfort zone on the spook-o-meter, from an actual spirit hunt to fun games like bobbing for apples.

“I don’t want to make the spirit hunt the center of it,” says Len Mailloux, communications professor and radio advisor. Rather, the night will consist of ongoing events for everyone: a costume contest with various prizes for every category imaginable, Halloween-themed snacks and candy, and more games.

However, the two key events of the night could well be the spirit hunt and the live broadcast. People can sign up for teams that will venture to different parts of the residence campus and perhaps academic campuses to try to make contact with the spirits that are rumored to reside there. Sites will include South Hall, the center of many Simmons ghost stories, and possibly even North and Dix Halls.

For those who shy away from paranormal contact, a live broadcast will be ongoing for people to share their own eerie encounters with spirits on the radio. The paranormal encounter does not need to have happened at Simmons— spooky anecdotes from anywhere at all are welcome, according to Mailloux. Halloween is at the center of the event—no matter how successful or unsuccessful the spirit hunt turns out to be, the hope is that people will simply have fun celebrating an age-old holiday.

Taking place this Friday, Oct. 30, the event will serve as an opportunity for Simmons and the wider COF community to come together and will perhaps even be the beginning of a new tradition.