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by Logan Wolf, student writer

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 and dancing.

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.

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