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Welcome to “Illini Insider,” your regular dose of University of Illinois news from beat writer Luke Taylor. Fresh out of college himself, he’s always looking for story tips, photo ideas and social media mentions. Email him at [email protected] and he’ll give chase.
Halloween might not be until Tuesday, but this weekend feels like the time to celebrate.
It’s objectively the most fun holiday, so while I did my partying last weekend, I had to see: what’s the move on campus?
Obviously, putting on a costume and going out for the night is the evergreen option, but here are some Halloweekend events pulled from UI’s calendars.
IU BOARD’S WEEKEND FILMS: “BARBIE”
Friday, 7 p.m. in the Illini UnionOkay, not technically Halloween, but this is a great chance to catch the movie if you missed it in theaters, just in time to understand everyone’s costumes this year!
URBANA WITCHES RIDE
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at 25 O’Clock Brewing CompanyThis is a bit off campus, but if you’ve got a bike and want to raise awareness for Urbana-Champaign Reproductive Justice, it might be for you. Costumes welcome. If you don’t have a bike (or just aren’t interested in taking the slow three-mile loop) you can join in at the Rose Bowl Tavern.
DIA DE MUERTOS TRICK OR TREAT
Monday, 2-4 p.m. on the second floor of Coble HallDia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) isn’t the same thing as Halloween, but it happens around the same time. Stop in at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies for some Latin American candy. They’ll also have an ofrenda set up — that’s like an altar to pay respects to people who have died.
TRICK OR TREATING AND COSTUME CONTEST
Monday, 7-9 p.m. in the Illini UnionCostumes aren’t required to grab some candy, but if you’ve got a good one this year, consider entering the contest!
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
Tuesday, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Spurlock MuseumMovie nerds, it’s your moment: this is a showing of a 1920 German silent horror film. Laurie Johnson, a professor of Germanic languages and literatures, will introduce the film and give some context. Wear a costume to this, too, for another chance to win a contest.
TRAIN TO BUSAN
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. in the Main Library Room 66This might be a strange double feature with “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” but it’s another showing of a Halloween-appropriate film. This one came out in 2016 and has gotten a lot of positive reviews from fans of zombie movies.