As written by Rtr. Ishaaq Ahamed,
“When witches go riding and when black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
It was a dark cloudy night with the crickets creaking louder than ever. The moon shone majestically with all her might as Manul stood in the dark, oblivious to the sinister occurrences about to happen around him. He neither noticed the eerie mumbling sound of someone calling his name nor the dark figures faintly getting closer. At least not until a stone-cold hand clamped around his arm. He woke up with a start to Thushara’s calls ‘Manul, let’s move. We are running late.’ And thus began ‘Spooky Halloween 2019’.
It all began on the 3rd and 4th of December when Rotaract Mora conducted the Open Day 2019 where the entire university was given an opportunity to air their questions and curiosities regarding the club and its activities. Moreover, all participants were issued free tickets to have a fun-filled night at Spooky Halloween 2019.
It started on the 9th of December at around 7.30 pm in the Old Gym. The participants were issued tickets in four different colours and the event kicked off with a spooky act by the compering team. Next in schedule was a spin-off Halloween version of musical chairs termed ‘Birds and Branches’ which was followed by the traditional pumpkin carving competition where the participants of the same ticket color had to strain their imagination for the spookiest face they could create in order to secure the win. The final event was a costume competition where once again the participants were split into teams based on their ticket color and had to dress-up one of their team mates in the most sinister way possible.
Towards the end of the event, all participants clicked their photos with a Halloween touch thanks to the face-painting done by Rotaract volunteers. The night concluded at around 10 pm with a DJ and a traditional Sri Lankan Kottu Party, and all participants left the hall thoroughly contented but with an eye open for werewolves and vampires lurking in the dark.