From scary stories to creative costumes, ASL Club hosts Halloween party welcoming all

By Cierra Lemott, Staff Reporter

From Spider-Man to Guy Fieri, sexy fairies to Hooters employees, the American Sign Language Club’s “Ghost Stories & Costume Party” brought out many characters.

This year, as Wicked Week came to an end, the ASL Club hosted the “Ghost Stories & Costume Party” on Oct. 26 for students to put on their best costumes and tell their best scary stories.

“We just wanted to have a fun Halloween party, get everyone involved and have fun and dress up,” said Michela Hein, a senior photography major. “We kind of all collaborated on our ideas, and we got to pick out a lot of fun snacks. It was really fun.”

Hosted in the ASL Center, located at 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, attendees came prepared to be spooked by Peter Wujcik, a tutor in the ASL Department, who signed ghost stories.

“ASL Club is always looking for engaging activities that people can come to and things that everybody can enjoy, hearing or deaf,” said Rachael East, a sophomore ASL interpreting major. “I think costumes are one of those things, and Halloween is one of those things. It’s just a fun time.”

Teagan Wopat, alternative officer of the ASL Club and junior acting and ASL interpreting double major, said the club is extremely open and welcoming to people of all levels and backgrounds.

ASL Club offers “ASL Adventures,” described by Wopat as “an all day workshop-based activity day” catered to those with all levels of ASL experience.

“Even if you are a beginning ASL student, if you’re not majoring in ASL anything, 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, to interact with people and get a good view of Deaf culture.”

Columbia celebrated Wicked Week from Oct. 24-28 and Carlos Diaz, coordinator of student activities, said these Halloween events are meant to bring the campus community together.

“This is definitely a tradition that’s gone on at Columbia for several years now. There’s lots of students that look forward to celebrating Wicked Week with each other,” Diaz said.