5 Reasons to Head for the Tree Tops this Halloween
October 19, 2017
By Rebekah Boggs
Class of 2020
With a little help from my friend and student radio co-host, Chase Browning, Challenge Course Facilitator, to keep things real!
Halloween is right around the corner. If it weren't for my jobs in marketing with the Recreation Department and Student Radio, I'd probably still be thinking about what to do this spooky season. But things just got a little more interesting!
#1 Face Your Fears
What are you scared of this season? The possible resurfacing of the machete-wielding clown phenomenon, the returned grades from your midterms or looming spirits lurking in the cemetery beside Old Dorms? Fear of heights? That fear will become a ghost from the past after you conquer the Halloween High Ropes Challenge Course.
Keepin’ it Real: “You’re gonna be a good 20-40 feet off the ground so facing your fears really is the objective at the end of the day.”
#2 Go Outside
Don’t get trapped inside during the holidays. Take a break from your classic scary movie marathon or binge watching Stranger Things to get some fresh air.
Keepin’ it Real: “It’s really nice and quiet. It’s a great escape.”
#3 Be a Team
Don’t be the last man standing this season. Unless you want to be a meal, assemble your zombie-fighting squad of pals and practice working together so that when dawn strikes, you are prepared to fight the walking dead together.
Keepin’ it Real: “Teams might find it frustrating at first, because you really can’t do the obstacles without working together. Once they look back at what made them struggle, then they just laugh about it.”
#4 It's Beautiful Out There
If the closest you’ve gotten to the real outdoors is the autumn section of Bath and Body Works, it’s time to go sniff some pine trees!
Keepin’ it Real: “The course is off the Rivanna Trail, underneath tree canopies, so it’s about ten degrees cooler.”
#5 A Fun Workout
Everyone knows that fall is the “Pillsbury cookie with the little pumpkins on it” season. Share your cookies with some friends, then bring them to the Poplar Ridge Challenge Course for a calorie-burning, thrilling, chilling, memorable Halloween. Oh, did I mention it would be after dark?
Keepin’ it Real: “Don’t worry--You will sweat for sure!” And we have headlamps.