Want to get your Halloween spirit
up before Halloween hits? Then come out and join the festivities
at HPU’s annual Halloween Hoopla.
Halloween Hoopla, an annual event hosted by the HPU Spirit Club
at the Neal Blaisdell Center, will be a fun way to spend a boring
Monday night by taking part in Halloween fun and watching basketball
Every year the HPU Spirit Club hosts this family-centered event
to bring the University and community together, provide fun for
the students, faculty, staff, and their children, and introduce
the basketball teams. Nathan Rudabaugh assistant to Vice President
Philpott said “throughout the years this event has drawn
the community closer to the basketball teams as well as providing
a safe and entertaining event for the children.”
Clubs and organizations throughout the school will set up booths
in the parking lot. Each booth will have some type of activity
such as a game or some form of entertainment. Each booth will
be judged, and the best overall will be recognized.
This year’s event will be held Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at
the Neal Blaisdell Center. As in past years, the event will start
in the parking lot with inflatable bouncers, carnival booths,
food, drinks, and games. Then at 7:10 p.m. the event will then
move into the arena where the national championship winning cheer
and dance teams will perform, and the children’s costumes
will be judged and prizes will be awarded for the best of them.
After the men’s and women’s basketball teams are
introduced, the teams will have an inter-squad scrimmage followed
by a faculty and staff scrimmage.
The event has been popular for the past few years, and many HPU
basketball teams have benefited from the publicity and heightening
of school spirit, according to Darren Vorderburegge, HPU athletic
director and head men’s basketball coach. “This is
a great opportunity for the community to view the upcoming basketball
team firsthand,” Vorderburegge said. It also provides the
players a chance to play in front of a big crowd before the season
gets underway, and this will really help them.”
Kevin Schneider, a point guard on the men’s basketball
team agreed: “Halloween Hoopla, gives the players something
to look forward to during the beginning of the season, when it
is a month and a half of nothing but practicing.”
Everyone is welcome at Halloween Hoopla, and it is free. Bring the kids, your
friends, and the whole family.