Come to campus — if you dare… Rocky’s Haunted Homecoming will unleash unbridled UToledo enthusiasm as students, employees and alumni psych up for Halloween and the big game.
“We have a lot of fun events planned throughout the week,” said Ashlen Torio, director of the Homecoming Committee and senior majoring in operation and supply chain management. “We brought back Eat the Streets and our movie night. Both events are even bigger this year. Eat the Streets is being moved to Centennial Mall during the day to give more students an opportunity to come. And our movie night is now a double feature.”
“Students can expect a good time and a lot of school spirit,” Torio said. “This is a time when everyone on campus is showing their UToledo pride.”
Trick or treat! Go Rockets! Check out this year’s Homecoming activities, which include:
Monday, Sept. 30
• Witching Hour Bonfire, 7 to 11 p.m., the Flatlands. Light it up: Test your Homecoming and UToledo trivia and play lawn games.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
• Eat the Streets, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. There’ll be food trucks and music!
Wednesday, Oct. 2
• Lip Sync Battle, 7 to 9 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Watch the top 10 Homecoming king and queen candidates take the stage.
Thursday, Oct. 3
• Fright Night, 5 to 11 p.m., Thompson Student Union Rooms 2582 and 2584. It’s a spooktacular movie double feature: Watch “The Haunted Mansion” and “The Nun.” Paint some pumpkins and have fun with other Halloween activities.
Friday, Oct. 4
• Center for Alumni and Donor Engagement Open House, 3 to 5 p.m. Tour the center and share a toast with UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber at 4:30 p.m. The center is located at 4510 Dorr St.
• Homecoming Gala, 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. The Alumni Association will present this year’s Gold T, Blue T and Edward H. Schmidt Young Alum Award, and college and affiliate award winners will be honored. Tickets are $30 per person, $10 for children. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the UToledo Office of Alumni Engagement at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or go to the association’s website.
Saturday, Oct. 5
• Center for Alumni and Donor Engagement Open House, 8 to 10 a.m. Tour the center and have a mimosa with Brenda Lee, president of the UT Foundation, at 9:30 a.m. The center is located at 4510 Dorr St.
• The Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel Homecoming Parade, 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by Blue Key National Honor Society and supported by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership and the Office of Alumni Engagement, the parade will begin at West Bancroft Street and Campus Road and go east to Cheltenham Road to Christie Street to Middlesex Drive and back to West Bancroft.
• Alumni Pregame, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion. Stop by for free hot dogs, chips and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a cash bar for those 21 and older with proper ID, and live music from Mile Marker 1.
• Toledo Rockets vs. Western Michigan Broncos, 3:30 p.m. Glass Bowl. Root for the Rockets and see the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. Tickets are half-off for UToledo employees; UToledo students are admitted free with ID. Go to the Toledo Football Central website, stop by the UToledo Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).
For more information, go to the UToledo Homecoming website.