Our school’s annual Halloween party is undoubtedly the biggest event of the fall semester. It is also unmatched by anything in the winter semester. This is when our crazy students shine! This is the event that every undergraduate blindly supports year after year. From it’s humble beginnings at the Royal Canadian Legion, to it’s new home at the Alberta Aviation Museum, this costume party is always off the hook. During my time at Cuca Spooka, I’ve seen some wild things. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Random shenanigans, acts of bravery, and lost inhibition often frequent these events. Everyone comes with a good attitude, a good buzz, and stays for a good time. These are often the times when new friendships are made, as fellow classmates finally meet and talk with one another over a casual drink before hitting the dance floor. It’s a time when students can freely shoot the shit about failed midterms or overdue assignments. Strong bonds can be forged at Cuca Spooka. It also presents a unique opportunity to finally strike up a conversation with that special guy or girl you keep seeing in your biology lab. Truly life altering stuff. Primitive things do tend to happen on nights like this. For example, I’ve seen Kermit the Frog get arrested, and Donatello from the Ninja Turtles making out with Princess Peach. I’ve seen Marty McFly dance all night with Garth from Wayne’s World, and I’ve seen Albert Einstein chug 3 beers in a row. Creating unique memories in outlandish costumes is always twice as fun. Stories end up being more entertaining when names are forgotten and only their costumes are left to tell the tale. Let’s reflect on some of my favourite Cuca Spooka flashbacks.
The first one that comes to mind is from my second Spooka outing. In this instance, I had brought several friends with me from the U of A. One of Cuca Spooka’s main draws is the fact that students from any institution are permitted to attend so long as they are of legal age. We all showed up dressed as various characters from The Flintstones television series. This well done team effort won us praise from several exuberant party goers. Throughout the night we performed lackluster pick-up lines, and initiated elaborate synchronized dance moves. We made sure to move around the party as one tight unit, never breaking character or leaving any Flintstone family member behind. The whole thing was hilarious and juvenile. Ultimately, we went home with the 3rd place prize in the group costume contest; a feat which is still talked about today among my friends. For sure the most outrageous thing I’ve ever seen at Cuca Spooka happened during my first year. That year was an especially cold and rainy Halloween evening. Concordia had bumped up their security efforts, which had left several scantily clad university student waiting anxiously outside in a line to get in. There must have been 40 people in that line up, all shivering and calling significant others who were already waiting inside. Once my friend and I had got inside, it was total pandemonium. Music was bumping, drinks were flying and students were dancing! It was an all round great time. Midterm season had long since passed, and everyone was cutting loose for the night.
The real highlight was during the costume contest. Once the finalists had been selected, a random student dressed as RoboCop rushed the stage. He jumped directly onto centre stage and waved his hands violently as he battled to get the crowds attention. All eyes were squarely fixed on him as the costume contest rattled to a halt. He motioned the crowd to him before unexpectedly attempting a stage dive worthy of any punk rock show. Sadly, no one in the crowd committed to catching him. RoboCop flew through the air before breaking his helmet, mind, body and soul on the sticky hardwood floor. He left with a bloody nose, and a cheer from the crowd for his efforts. The party continued late into the evening. Please make sure to bring a buddy, and come check out this year's instalment on Saturday, October 22nd. Drinks and good times shall be had by all. Trick or treat Concordia?