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Halloween on campus is scary, chilling, trick-or-treaty

October 27, 2011

Attention all Halloween ghouls, ghosts, vampires, ballerinas, catwomen, wolfmen, carved punkins, superheroes: Get your ghoul on and wig out at Halloween events on campus.

Halloween at the Lory Student Center

Bring your children to the Lory Student Center on CSU’s main campus for a fun and safe Halloween celebration from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31. The theme this year is “Children’s movies, TV shows and cartoons.” Games and activities are planned throughout the LSC. Offices will be decorated to fit this year’s theme, and staff will be handing out candy.

The event is free and open to the public.

Chemistry Club’s Mad Scientist Halloween   

The Chemistry Club hosts its seventh annual Mad Scientist Halloween event for children and families on Oct. 28. The event brings together CSU students and the Fort Collins community in an exciting and educational event. More details

“Kids can trick-or-treat in a safe environment with their families,” said Robin Ward and David Daley, members of the CSU Chemistry Club. “We have stations for making liquid nitrogen ice cream, cool potions and crafts, and an awesome Mad Scientist Show for the family.”

All activities and shows are free and fun for the whole family, but donations are accepted to help pay for the candy and chemicals.

The event will be 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Chemistry Building on CSU's main campus near Lake Street and Centre Avenue.

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Booming organ extravaganza

The frightful sounds of Halloween will fill the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center for the Arts during the sixth annual Halloween organ extravaganza on Oct. 31.

The booming resonance of the world-renowned Casavant organ will feature thematic organ music performed by costumed performers including CSU organ professor Joel Bacon, organ students, and guest musicians.

CSU’s wildly popular annual concert runs at three times on Oct. 31 at 7-8:30 p.m., 9-10:30 p.m., and 11 to midnight at the UCA’s Organ Recital Hall, 1400 Remington St.

The highlight is Bach’s infamous Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Thought to have been Bach’s warm-up for testing organs, the piece has transcended classical realms to become a major part of pop culture.

“We have so many crazy organ fans, it’s a shame Halloween only comes once a year,” Bacon said.

Contact Jennifer Clary at 1-3603 for details.

Chilling evening with Sweeney Todd

If your taste trends more to edge-of-the-seat entertainment, spend an evening with Opera Theater’s Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

The dark story, masterfully woven by Stephen Sondheim, was the winner of eight Tony Awards in 1979, the year it opened on Broadway.CSU Opera Theatre and CSU Opera Orchestra will be under the baton of conductor Wes Kenney.

Benjamin Barker, after being falsely convicted and sent to Australia for life, has escaped and returned to London to seek his revenge. When forced to kill the rival barber who has recognized him, the ingenious Mrs. Lovett suggests that they use the meat to make pies.

“This production will suck the audience in to the very end,” said director Gregory Brookes. “Happy Halloween!”

The performance runs Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St. A matinee runs at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30.

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