By Julia Oller | Echo
This evening, the Euler Atrium will be transformed into a world of pure imagination.
Taylor's fourth campus dance, with a "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" theme, magically falls on Halloween, a night known for sugar rushes and crazy costumes.
The Dance and Special Events Committee (DSEC) chose to hold the dance on Halloween due to its convenient Friday date. Cabinet members discussed five different theme options before settling on Wonka Wonderland.
"It had so much candy involved, which goes hand-in-hand with Halloween," cabinet member junior Selena Cucuta said.
Sugary treats comprise the evening's snacking options. Look for classic Wonka candies such as Everlasting Gobstoppers, Nerds and Laffy Taffy as well as a chocolate fountain.
The dance will also feature a photo booth, a Halloween game room, a costume contest and an appearance by Willy Wonka himself. Junior Mylie Winger, the DSEC member responsible for decorations, based the decor on the 2005 movie starring Johnny Depp because its creepiness fit the theme well.
Organizers say that the dance takes a more laid-back approach than other dances. Not as formal as the masquerade or as extreme as the rave, Wonka Wonderland finds a happy medium.
"It's more of a social event, more chill," Cucuta said.
Winger said they plan to play recognizable songs students can sing along with, rather than the wordless beats blasted at the rave. Every activity, from the music choices to the wacky theme, serves the group's goal of bringing the campus together for a little fun.
"Get pumped," Cucuta said. "It's gonna be awesome!"
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in the Union and the DC during lunch or at the door.