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Texas Tech Hosts Family-Friendly Halloween Events

From Greek Treat to a Dia de los Muertos celebration, there are events for everyone.

Written by Callie Jones

A variety of Halloween events for the Texas Tech University and Lubbock communities will be held during the week leading up to Halloween.

  • The National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) hosts Heritage Halloween, 4 – 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 at 3121 Fourth St. The event is free to the public and children can trick-or-treat at the historical structures at the NRHC. Treats will be period-specific for each house. CONTACT: Emily Wilkinson Arellano, (806) 742-0498 or emily.arellano@ttu.edu.

  • Phi Alpha Delta hosts the annual Halloween Carnival, 3:30 – 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 1802 Hartford Ave. Various student organizations will host booths with activities and treats for children in attendance. The carnival is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Krizia Martinez, krizia.martinez@ttu.edu.

  • The Texas Tech Volleyball Program hosts Halloween Fright Night when the Red Raiders take on West Virginia, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the United Spirit Arena. Doors will open at 5 p.m. All fans, eighth grade and below who wear a costume will receive complimentary admission. A costume contest will take place during the match with winners being selected for best overall, spookiest and most creative costumes. Parking around the arena is free. CONTACT: Elvis Moya, (806) 742-3355 or elvis.moya@ttu.edu.

  • The Texas Tech Vernacular Music Center will host the Pirates & Cowboys Halloween Costume Ball along with the Tech Set Dancers, the Caprock Celtic Association and the Roots Music Institute, 7 – 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Yoga Bean studio (3135 34th St.). Admission is $6 or $5 with a canned food donation. There will be music, hourly prizes for the best costumes, dancing and more. The Cowboys & Pirates Halloween Carnival Ball is intended to provide a safe, creative, drug-, tobacco- and hassle-free environment to enjoy the Halloween holiday. CONTACT: Christopher J. Smith, (806) 742-2270 or christopher.smith@ttu.edu.

  • Residence Life hosts Safetreat at the Texas Tech residence halls from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Candy and activities will be provided in each of the residence hall complexes and “Boo Buses” are available to transport faculty, staff, community members and their families from hall to hall. CONTACT: Dustin Killpack, (806) 834-0068 or dustin.killpack@ttu.edu.

  • Tech Activities Board presents zombie specialist Matt Mogk 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Student Union Building’s Allen Theater. The “Zombie Specialist” is founder and head of the Zombie Research Society, a global community dedicated to the serious study of zombie science, survival and pop culture and authored “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies,” a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award in nonfiction. Admission is free for Texas Tech students with a valid I.D. and $12 per ticket for the general public. Tickets can be purchased in the Student Union Building at the Allen Theater’s east information desk. CONTACT: Austin Reiter, (806) 742-4708 or austin.reiter@ttu.edu.

  • Texas Tech’s Greek Community will host the 16th annual Greek Treat 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Greek Circle (Quaker Avenue between Eighth Street and 15th Street). Lubbock community parents and their children are invited to dress in costume to trick-or-treat at the sorority and fraternity houses. Activities such as apple bobbing, face painting and bean bag toss will also be provided. The event is sponsored by Texas Tech Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council. Greek Circle will be blocked off beginning at 3:30 p.m. to ensure safety for the children and families. CONTACT: Megan Robare, (806) 742-5344 or lee.robare@ttu.edu.

  • The Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center will host the Eighth annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The event consist of La Cena (Day of the Dead dinner) and La Fiesta de los Muertos (the after dinner celebration). The guest speaker for the Day of the Dead dinner is Chicano poet and painter Nephtali De Leon. The Texas Tech Day of the Dead Celebration will offer authentic food, live music and a unique cultural experience. Admission is free of charge with an official ticket, available beginning Oct. 23 at Doak Hall 101. Tickets can be reserved by calling 742-8681. CONTACT: Martha Mouret-Sanders, (806) 742-8681 or martha.mouret-sanders@ttu.edu.

  • The International Cultural Center and Texas Tech School of Art will host the Dia de los Muertos Procesión along with the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) and the Buddy Holly Center Friday, Nov. 2. The event celebrates the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos and features artwork by members of the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities as well as entertainment at the various locations. Times and locations of the procesión are as follows:
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Texas Tech School of Art, 18th St. & Flint Ave.
    7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: LHUCA, Avenue J & Mac Davis Lane
    8:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave.
    CONTACT: Jane Bell, (806) 742-2974 or jane.bell@ttu.edu.

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