Scary-oke replaces trick-or-treating for college students

Daniel Gallivoda, general business junior, wins the award for most original costume at Scary-oke on Oct. 31. Photo by Izziel Latour

Daniel Gallivoda, general business junior, wins the award for most original costume at Scary-oke on Oct. 31. Photo by Izziel Latour

What do Olympic athletes, Frankenstein and Brittany Spears have in common? They love karaoke. 

UPB held its first Halloween-themed karaoke night on Oct. 31 in Comanche and had a bigger turnout than anticipated.

With more than 70 students at a time, seating was hard to come by but UPB was prepared with plenty of activities for students to participate in. 

A pumpkin toss, water pong, and taking pictures in a photo booth were just a few activities students could do if they weren’t too busy singing or eating. 

ShaDera Bryant Williams, athletic training freshman, started off the night singing “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé and was dressed as an Olympic athlete. 

“I like to embarrass myself,” Bryant Williams, said.

She also said she enjoys making people laugh. As a member of UPB, Bryant Williams got to the event early to help set up. 

Savannah Luna, nursing sophomore and UPB’s late night and weekend chair, helped come up with the idea for Scary-oke. Luna also dressed up as Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family.

“We get looked at weird if we go trick-or-treating because we’re not little kids, so this way people come and get candy. I want candy, and I figured other people wanted candy,” Luna said. “UPB wanted to do a karaoke night and I wanted to do a Halloween party at the same time, so I said, ‘let’s combine them, it’ll be great!’ It evolved into so much more than just karaoke.”

Luna also emphasized that her position in UPB is to help promote alcohol awareness on campus. 

“Late night chair is in charge of giving people an alternative to going out and drinking and other things like that,” Luna said.

Isaiah Edwards, art and graphic design junior, heard about this event from one of his friends in UPB. 

“I’m not a singer, I’m a dancer,” Edwards said, who didn’t participate in the singing portion of the night.

With the event being larger than anticipated, Luna said UPB would be better prepared next time with more food and sitting area.