A Different Kind of Dance Party

On Saturday Oct. 29, North Dakota State kicked off Halloween weekend with the Headphone Disco.

This is a new event on campus for students in an effort by the Campus Attractions department to find entertaining, safe ways for students to celebrate Halloween.

As with most campus events, the Headphone Disco was free to students. To check out a pair of headphones, all the event coordinators needed was a student ID to ensure the safe return of the headphones.

The headphones were then put on and the coordinators explained the process. There was a volume switch, a button to change stations and an on/off button. The event had two DJs in attendance that were at the front of the dance floor at two different mix tables and flashing colored lights.

Stepping into the Great Plains Ballroom, one was immediately confronted with the sight of over a dozen tables set up for attendees. Off to the right there were tables holding sandwiches, chips with queso and cupcakes. There were also multiple pitchers of ice water with cups nearby in case anyone attending got thirsty.

The night started out slow as students trickled in after other various events on campus, like the improv show in Askanase Hall. Costumes were encouraged and some of the standouts were a T-Rex, a cat onesie for National Cat Day and the entire Scooby Doo gang.

As the hours passed, dancers started crowding the dance floor. One particularly talented dancer was Spider-Man, who kept the floor alive for the majority of the night. His dance moves definitely lived up to the acrobatics the Marvel character is known for, his energy never seeming to deplete.

Some of the songs played by the DJs were “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots and a remix of the Stranger Things opening theme. Most of the music revolved around party mixes that allowed a heavy beat to encourage movement.

The event went from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and students continued to show up at all hours. Hopefully, Campus Attractions will continue to allow the Headphone Discos to take place on the NDSU campus for future holidays and special events.

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