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Hall Center's 'Haunting Humanities' draws more than 800 people

Friday, October 25, 2019

UDK | Liam Mays

Walking around Abe & Jake’s Landing, a 14,000 square feet industrial building that was used in the 1880s as a barbed wire factory, on Oct. 23, you'd find a blend of students and local families dressed up as vampires, butterflies and zombies for the Hall Center for the Humanities' second “Haunting Humanities” event.

The Hall Center for the Humanities’ goal was to have 800 people attend — almost 200 more than last year — which they accomplished with around 810 people in attendance this year.

During the event, many children ran around throwing paper airplanes, circling in and out onto the patio off the back of the venue facing the Kansas River, or visiting the various booths.

“All the booths I thought were fantastic this year,” said associate director at the Hall Center for the Humanities Sarah Bishop. “I thought the dance performance where everyone was dancing at the end was really nice and meaningful.

The KU Classics Club had a table with three members of the club dressed as Greek gods and goddesses. Senior Mika Schrader is a history and religious studies double major and was dressed up as Persephone, goddess of the underworld.

“We have some fun ghost stories from ancient Rome and Greece that we have available for people to read,” Schrader said. “We’ve got some fun coloring pages about different gods and goddesses.” Read more


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