DENTON (UNT), Texas – Whether it’s commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s pioneering monster tale, “Frankenstein,” or a family-friendly trick-or-treat experience, the University of North Texas is hosting a ghoulish mix of events this October.
University scholars will explore the portrayal of monsters and costume design in pop culture and offer the community festive outings to celebrate Halloween. Even a Halloween stroll through campus is extra fun knowing Online-Bachelor-Degrees.com included UNT among its picks for the “Most Haunted Schools Around the World.”
Trying to find a healthy twist on treats? Ann Afflerbach, registered dietician and senior lecturer in the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, can give tips on how to cut down your calorie intake during the holiday.
Here are some Halloween highlights:
Frankenweek –UNT will join in the worldwide celebration of “Frankenstein’s” 200th anniversary with three days of events. Frankenweek begins 6 p.m. Oct. 29 (Monday) with the interdisciplinary panel discussion, “Frankenstein: Adaptations & Inspirations in Popular Culture.” Speakers are Nora Gilbert, Department of English, Harry M. Benshoff, Department of Media Arts, Spencer Keralis, Department of English, Samantha Langsdale, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and John Edward Martin, University Libraries.
Mel Brooks’ film, “Young Frankenstein,” will be screened Oct. 30 (Tuesday) at the Media Library in Chilton Hall, 410 S. Avenue C, Denton.
Then, Oct. 31 (Wednesday) English professor Bruce Bond will give readings and discuss poems in his new book, “Frankenstein’s Children,” which puts a contemporary lens on Shelley’s iconic novel with its allusions to artificial intelligence, death and re-animation. Bond will sign copies of his book that will be available for purchase.
Both the Oct. 29 panel and Oct. 31 book reading will be held in Room 250H of Willis Library, 1506 Highland St., Denton. During all events UNT Special Collections will display new Frankenstein-related materials from its collection including a copy of the first illustrated “Frankenstein” book from 1832.
Boo Bash –Friends and family of UNT are invited to trick-or-treat in a family-friendly environment from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 (Monday). Boo Bash offers games and candy in the Emerald Eagle Ballroom 314 at the University Union, 1155 Union Circle, Denton.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Fashion History in Costumes –Texas Fashion Collection Director Annette Becker will offer a look at fashion history represented in pop culture, film and fantasy and how styles have been popularly interpreted in costumes. The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 (Tuesday) off campus at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., Denton.
Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles: Halloween Concert –Tuba-euphonium ensembles from the College of Music will perform a free concert Halloween night. The music begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 (Wednesday) at the Recital Hall inside the College of Music building, 415 Avenue C, Denton. UNT’s David Childs and Keith Packman will conduct.
Avoiding sweetness overload –Ann Afflerbach, registered dietician and senior lecturer in the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, says there are plenty of ways to enjoy the sweetness of the holiday without overindulging. She can share tips for kids and adults such as feeding your kids a well-balanced meal before trick-or-treating or swapping sugary party snacks for fun-shaped fruit or cheese creations. Substituting water for a portion of high-sugar juices or sodas called for in cocktail recipes can also cut down the calories, she says. “If you restrict yourself too much then it’s just not fun. Allow yourself to enjoy in moderation.” Afflerbach said.
Contact: Heather Noel at 940-369-8218
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