Sam Henning and Kyle Hayes, '18, enter the Halloween tunnel at Rathbone. The dining hall was decorated for the holiday. (Sydney Gelb/B&W photo)

Rathbone’s Halloween dinner offers students a festive, themed meal


Lehigh students have been encountering the spooky, yet intriguing, Halloween decorations that have been set up in the Rathbone Dining Hall since early October. However, the dining hall’s annual Halloween dinner, hosted by Kristin Bizza, director of student restaurants,  brought the liveliness of Rathbone to a whole new level.

The dinner, held on Oct. 30, brought students to the dining hall to eat a themed dinner and to see all of their favorite dining hall staff members dressed up in mysterious costumes that ranged from mummies, witches and clowns.

Mary Zenz, the dining hall Halloween coordinator, has been collecting Rathbone’s Halloween décor for years. Zenz loves the Halloween spirit and tradition that has been established and continues among the Lehigh student population. However, it was clear that Rathbone’s staff was indulging in the Halloween spirit and enjoying the evening the most. In many instances, the staff popped out of hidden corners, as they scared the students who walked into the dining hall. Getting a good scream out of the students definitely put a smile on their faces.

“We have a blast,” Zenz said, “It’s all about the clean Halloween fun.”

The creative meal options that centered around the festive, yet spooky theme, is what excited students the most about this year’s Halloween dinner. Bizza emphasized her valiant efforts in coming up with innovative meal options for the student’s enjoyment.

The Halloween themed dinner consisted of dishes such as, maggots with cheetah chunks and pumpkins stuffed with Rat Crumbles. Bizza loves to observe students’ reactions towards their favorite Halloween classics, such as a huge tub of candy and candy-coated apples. Bizza’s favorite meal on this year’s Halloween special was the pumpkin soup, appropriately names “pumpkin puke.”

“The soup is so awesome, but the name says it all,” Bizza said.

Students seemed to have an exciting yet paranoia-filled evening, which kept them simultaneously scared and laughing.

“I was genuinely scared for my life when the first zombie popped out at me,” said Perri Rubenstein, ’18.

Rathbone’s Halloween dinner was a way for both students and staff members to get into the holiday spirit and celebrate with some spooky,yet delicious food.

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