Eastern Michigan University's Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention, in collaboration with Omega Phi Alpha and Feminists for Change, will hold its first Halloween Safety Dance 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Big Bob’s Lake House.
ASAP’s Safety Dance is based on the song “Safety Dance,” by Canadian new wave band, Men Without Hats. The student-only event was created to provide a safe space that is welcoming to everyone on Halloween.
“We wanted to provide an outlet for any students who don’t feel comfortable going to outside events,” event coordinator for ASAP Sam Moravec said.
Advocacy Chair for ASAP, Darcy King, said the Safety Dance was another option for people who want to do something on Halloween but cannot due to bad experiences in the past from their own community or the Ypsilanti community.
“With the Safety Dance, we are trying to create an all-inclusive space for all the members of our community,” King said.
Students can expect a costume drive where there will be costumes available for those who do not have a costume but would like to dress up. A costume contest will also take place where a trophy and a surprise “treat” will be presented to the winner. There will be a photo booth set up for attendees where EMU student photographer David Miller will be taking photos.
“It’s going to be a great social outlet,” Moravec said. “You will have enough stuff to do. It’ll be interesting.”
In addition, a table of resources will be set up by participating student organizations for students to receive information and ways to get involved on campus.
The event has free admission and free food and beverages will be included. Music will be played by Darcy King who will be the D.J.
“Bring your spookiness,” King said.
ASAP is a new and emerging organization that aims to end all sexual, gender-based and domestic violence on campus and in the community through empowerment and activism.
For more information about ASAP and its coming events, you can visit the Facebook page, ASAP at EMU. Weekly meetings are held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the Women’s Resource Center, room 356 in the Student Center.