KLPI continues annual Christmas on Halloween tradition with treats, movies

November 4, 2010

by Mary Timmons, Staff Reporter

KLPI kicked off its fifth annual Christmas on Halloween Oct. 28 with the musical comedy “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

KLPI has made it a tradition to invite students to join its staff outside the radio station for a night of comical Halloween classics, complete with couches, candy and cupcakes.

Chris Heartlein, a graduate student, originally came up with the idea of Christmas on Halloween. 

“We’ve been putting on Christmas for Halloween for five years now,” Heartlein said. “The first year I wanted to mix Christmas and Halloween movies, but over the years, it’s mainly been just Halloween movies, but the title still stuck.” 

Heartlein, who has been working for the radio station for six years, said they change the movie list every year but watching Shaun of the Dead is a tradition.

The movie list for this year’s Christmas on Halloween included “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” “Hush” episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Cannibal! The Musical.”

“We play ‘Shaun of the Dead’ every year because it’s funny,” Heartlein said. “People can come and go as they please. If they want to stop by and watch something they can, and if they don’t they like something we play they can always come by for the next movie.”

People who attended Christmas on Halloween were encouraged to wear costumes to get in the Halloween spirit.

Jonny Pye, a senior graphic design major, said this was his second time to attend Christmas on Halloween, and this year he chose to be Clark Kent.

 “Last year it was colder; this year the weather is a lot nicer,” Pye said. “It’s fun to participate in; we get to dress up and watch a lot of cheesy movies.”

While some students chose to relax and unwind by watching movies, others took it as the chance to just hang out. 

Keeley Carter, a junior speech pathology major, said she has been working at the radio station for three years and has attended the Christmas on Halloween every year.

“It nice to hang out with everyone outside and watch movies together,” Carter said. “I don’t like scary movies, and we stick to comedies on this night. It’s a really laid back place to come and hang out to watch cheesy movies before Halloween.”

While some students who attended the event were veterans others, like Nathan Bailey, were new to the Christmas on Halloween tradition 

“I came because I liked the movies, and they were playing others I’ve never heard of,” Bailey, a junior graphic design major, said. “Plus, the weather’s nice, it’s great movies, and there are snacks and candy. Where can you go wrong?” 

Several students made themselves comfortable on the couches and bundled up with blankets and others merely stopped by to watch for a few minutes. 

Martin Shepherd, a freshman professional aviation major, stopped by the radio station for a few minutes just to see what was going on. 

“I thought it was pretty cool. I never expected the radio station to have a projector against the wall and throw some couches out there,” Shepherd said. “The atmosphere works well, there are plenty of tables, and it’s good for people to just walk by and watch for a minute.”

With this being Heartlein’s last year at Tech, he hopes the Christmas on Halloween tradition will continue throughout the years. 

“I think once I leave Tech, it might not continue, but I hope it does,” Heartlein said. 

“It’s a long-standing tradition for us.”

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