From spooky stories to creative costumes, the ASL club throws a Halloween party that welcomes all – The Columbia Chronicle
From Spider-Man to Guy Fieri, sexy fairies to Hooters employees, American Sign Language Club’s “Ghost Stories & Costume Party” brought out many characters.
This year, as Wicked Week drew to a close, the ASL Club hosted the “Ghost Stories & Costume Party” on October 26 for students to don their best costumes and tell their best scary stories.
“We just wanted to have a fun Halloween party, get everyone involved, have fun and dress up,” said Michela Hein, a major in senior photography. “We kind of all collaborated on our ideas and got to choose a lot of fun snacks. It was really fun.”
Hosted at the ASL Center, located at 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, attendees prepared to be spooked by Peter Wujcik, an ASL department tutor, who signed ghost stories.
“The ASL club is always on the lookout for engaging activities that people can come and things that everyone can enjoy, hearing or deaf,” said Rachael East, a second-year ASL acting major. “I think costumes are one of those things, and Halloween is one of those things. It’s just a fun time.
Teagan Wopat, Alternate Club ASL officer and ASL junior actor and performer double middle finger, says the club is extremely open and welcoming to people of all levels and backgrounds.
The ASL Club offers “ASL Adventures,” described by Wopat as “an all-day workshop-based activity day” aimed at those with all levels of ASL experience.
“Even if you’re a beginning ASL student, if you’re not majoring in ASL, if you just have an interest in ASL, come to ASL Adventures,” Wopat said. “It’s a really great place to get your feet wet, interact with people and get a good insight into deaf culture.”
Columbia celebrated Wicked Week October 24-28, and Carlos Diaz, student activities coordinator, said these Halloween events are meant to bring the campus community together.
“It’s definitely a tradition that’s been going on at Columbia for several years now. There are a lot of students looking forward to celebrating Wicked Week with each other,” Diaz said.