UTMSU started the Halloween celebration early with a three-day event filled with Halloween activities.

UTMSU decorated the Student Centre with an array of skulls, zombies, and sound effects.

Students lined up and waited for their turn as Haunted UTM Week started off last Tuesday with its Annual Haunted House, in collaboration with clubs and societies.

“I had lots of fun at the haunted house. It wasn’t too scary, but it was a good enough Halloween scare,” said Jan Johan, a fourth-year visual culture and communications student.

On Wednesday, booths by different clubs and societies were set up in the Student Centre’s Presentation Room, and featured games such as the ring toss.

The Political Science and Pre-Law Association set up a photo booth decorated with skeletons, a cardboard cat, and calligraphic “Happy Halloween” signs. The ICCIT Council also had a horror virtual reality experience set up at their booth.

“My favourite part was tabling for the students,” said Arika Macaalay, the co-president of the ICCIT Council, to The Medium. “We got to showcase some really cool virtual reality tech in the form of interactive horror games. Watching the students experience that was awesome.”

The UTM Department of Visual Studies Student Society also hosted a pumpkin decorating contest in the Student Centre.

Other student groups that collaborated with UTMSU during Haunted Week included Rhythm Performing Arts, the University of Toronto Mississauga Anthropology Society, the UTM Forensics Society, the Concurrent and Consecutive Teacher Education Society, and the Sri Lankan Student Association.

Tyrell Sabban, UTMSU’s VP campus life, did not respond to The Medium’s request for comment on what was different in this year’s carnival, nor about the turnout of the students.

Haunted Week ended with the Halloween Pub Night on Thursday.

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