A masquerade ball. A haunted house. A dungeon. Painted faces. Pumpkins, candy, cookies. Halloweeen at MIT can be frighteningly delightful.
Students who pick the real Professor Walter Lewin from a lineup of gentlemen in costume on Friday night at "Swing Dance II: The Masquerade" will win a chance to dine with him. Three winners will be chosen in a lottery consisting of all participants who identify the real Professor Lewin.
The fun starts at 8pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico at the Stratton Student Center and continues until the witching hour (naturally). Music will be provided by the Midlife Crisis Jazz Band, featuring Professor Emeritus Samuel Jay Keyser on trombone. Costumes are optional and masks will be distributed at the door. A prize will be awarded for the best costume. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Students, faculty, staff, administrators, MIT associates and their families are invited to celebrate the holiday at East Campus Buildings 62 and 64 from 3-5pm on Sunday. Activities include a haunted dungeon in the dormitory basement, face and pumpkin painting, trick or treating, cookies and refreshments. Costumes are encouraged. For additional information, call x3-2871 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zeta Beta Tau will host its annual haunted fraternity house for neighborhood children and their families on Sunday at 6pm at 58 Manchester Road in Brookline. Members of ZBT and Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority promise a frightening path of amusements through the house's basement.
The Medical Department will hold its annual children's art show and Halloween party plus a puppet show starting at 2pm on Sunday with refreshments in the Building E23 atrium. The puppet shows start at 2:20pm and 2:50pm. The party is open to the MIT community; people are encouraged to come in costume. The children's artwork will hang until November 30.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 27, 1999.