Her Campus and GWA’s Halloween Writing Contest and Celebration

By Laurel Bennett, Features Editor

On Oct. 25, Her Campus and the Gettysburg Writer’s Association (GWA) hosted a Halloween party in the Attic to celebrate the winners of a writing contest. All students on campus were invited to submit a two-page or two-sentence horror story, and the winners were revealed at the culmination of the event.

Members of GWA were excited to collaborate with Her Campus to facilitate the party and writing contest, especially given the fact that GWA is a new organization at Gettysburg. Andrew Thibaudeau ’26 is Vice President of GWA, and he appreciated the opportunity to help plan the event. 

“GWA was more than excited to join Her Campus with this celebration, because we’re trying to make steps towards getting more people interested in our club and more people involved in the community,” Thibaudeau explained. “We were trying to get people to come hang out together, enjoy the Halloween spirit and get out of their rooms, especially during this time period with stressful midterms.”

Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Laken Franchetti ’24 echoed Thibaudeau’s sentiments with regard to the two organizations working together. 

“It is really great to collaborate with another organization on campus, and it seems like everybody is having a great time,” Franchetti said. “It’s really fun to celebrate Halloween like this.”

The party featured many classic Halloween events, such as painting pumpkins and wrapping students up in toilet paper to look like mummies. The event had lots of snacks and drinks, such as doughnuts from Ziggy Donutz and apple cider. The prizes for the winners of the writing contests were given from Sweet Treats Baked Goods.

Member of Her Campus Ainsley Green ’27 liked participating in the fun activities the organizations planned. 

“We put together a lot of nostalgic activities because we thought it would be fun to remind us of Halloween parties we had in the past. It has been really fun and we have had a good turnout,” Green said. 

While many members of both Her Campus and GWA were instrumental in planning the activities and decorations, Heather Wirick ’25 was particularly involved as the Event Coordinator for Her Campus. 

Senior Editor of Her Campus Fiona Cheyney ’24 explained the process of planning the event and appreciated Wirick’s involvement: “We got funding from [Student] Senate because this was a large campus event, so we were able to have a bigger budget… [Wirick] went to her home and got decorations from her family and organized the goody bags put together for the end. We also got games from the library, and it was really a collaborative effort.” 

Alison Bordeaux ’24 won the two-page story competition with her piece “Satanists in Dushore?” Cameron Fleming ’27 won the two-sentence story competition: “Raising a kid can be frustrating. I spent thirty minutes reading her a story and tucking her into bed only to hear her laughter down the hall.”

This event was an excellent way to get in the Halloween spirit and also recognized the work of talented student writers on campus.

Author: Laurel Bennett

Laurel Bennett ‘24 is the Features Editor for The Gettysburgian. She previously worked as a staff writer for the news and features sections. Laurel is a political science major and an English minor from Carlisle, PA. Outside of The Gettysburgian, she is a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, serves as co-president of Pre-Law club, and is an avid horse-back rider.

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