Tech-R-Treat brings out community

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins — as well as a few princesses and Pikachus too — were running around Argent Pavilion at Louisiana Tech University Tuesday night at the annual Tech-R-Treat.

Hosted by the Union Board, more than 1,000 people walked around the carnival-styled games before the first hour of activities were even over.

Zane Lovas, a student at Tech, said he came out to help KLPI at the event and to have fun.

“I really didn’t do anything freshman year and then last year, COVID closed everything down,” Lovas said. “It’s really fun. I’m surprised at the turnout. It’s really great. I love the set up and how involved all the organizations are.”

Organizations set up booths with games such as popping balloons, bean bag toss and face painting. Other activities included a hayride, pumpkin painting and even a haunted trail — one Tech student Jacquelyn Williams said she would pass.

“I came here for t-shirts and pumpkins,” Williams said. “I don’t like scary stuff. I went freshman year, and that’s it. There was a chainsaw they removed the actual blade from. That happened freshmen year and — never again.”

Williams did get her pumpkin, but the infamous Union Board Tech-R-Treat t-shirt that many Tech students vied for was not hers.

“I waited 40 minutes,” Williams said as she painted her pumpkin. “But this is good.”

Skylar Blackwell, Union Board secretary, said planning the event had been a challenge but one well worth it.

“There were still some limitations we had to face, but we had something small and now we have this,” Blackwell said.  

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