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Homecoming offers devilish delights to entire community

October 14, 2010

Click here for Homecoming event information and stories about this year's Hall of Fame inductees

Members of the community are invited to join Arizona State University students, alumni, faculty and staff searching for a Sun Devilish good time this Halloween by participating in a special Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Tempe campus.

Information on parking and transportation for the event can be found here.

ASU’s 2010 Devilish Homecoming celebration will extol ASU spirit and offer devilishly good treats and times. The daylong extravaganza includes the Homecoming parade, Block Party, Kidz Zone, exhibits, tasty food, live entertainment, and culminates with an exciting football game between ASU and Washington State at Sun Devil Stadium. Kick-off for the game starts at 4 p.m.

To stay connected to Homecoming events and news via social media, visit ASU's Facebook page and follow Homecoming on Twitter by searching for #asuhomecoming.

The big day will be preceded by a week of fun and “spooktacular” activities for the entire community. Beads, pom-poms, banners, balloons, pitchforks, footballs and a sea of maroon and gold will fill the landscape for a week of homecoming traditions and celebrations that reflect ASU pride.

The celebration will offer attendees the opportunity to reconnect with the university’s past and look forward to its bright future – and children will enjoy a memorable trick-or-treat experience while getting a chance to see a college campus up close and personal.

This year’s parade will boast approximately 100 unique floats and special guests will march with Sun Devil pride. The Block Party will transform the university Alumni Lawn and the surrounding area along University Drive into one of the biggest celebrations of the year. It features close to 75 tents, hosted by various ASU colleges and units as well as several non-profit organizations.

The area will include educational activities and treats for children, plus demonstrations and exhibits for everyone. The expanded Kidz Zone will feature bounce houses, video game trucks, costume and coloring booths and other carnival games. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to dress in costume and trick or treat.

Tickets for the game can be purchased in person or by calling the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000.

For details and a complete schedule of 2010 Homecoming events and activities, visit


EDITOR'S NOTE: Here you can find stories about this year's Homecoming events and ASU's Hall of Fame inductees.

ASU Homecoming: fun for the whole family
Homecoming floats are ready to roll. Sparky is sharpening his pitchfork, and the football team is psyched. All that is left to do is celebrate. The wheels for ASU's 2010 Devilish Homecoming are in motion and will reach top speed this Saturday with a festive parade, block party and an exciting football game in Sun Devil Stadium. The annual event will reunite generations of ASU alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and community supporters to honor the university and its traditions. So bring out the whole family!

Business leaders honored in W.P. Carey School Homecoming Hall of Fame
Three well-known business leaders will receive a high honor from Arizona State University for their contributions to our economy and community. This month, they will be inducted into the W. P. Carey School of Business Homecoming Hall of Fame, joining an elite group of previous inductees from such diverse organizations as the American Red Cross, Motorola, PayPal, the U.S. Air Force, Wells Fargo Bank, XM Satellite Radio and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Downtown Phoenix campus celebrates Homecoming
Downtown Phoenix’s urban tapestry will be splashed with more than a touch of maroon and gold as ASU prepares for Homecoming. Throughout the week, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus will host a slew of pride and spirit-building events for 2010 Devilish Homecoming.

West campus Homecoming schedule is spooky-good
Linda Blair, Dracula, Sparky and ASU’s next top talent will be featured during the weeklong festivities, Oct. 25-29. “Our students have worked hard to put together a great schedule of events,” said Elizabeth Langland, ASU vice president and dean of the West campus-based New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “Each year there are new twists, as well as the more traditional events. The schedule of events is a wonderful prelude to Saturday’s schedule in Tempe.”

Tempe campus in high gear for Homecoming activities
The Tempe campus of ASU will be awash in maroon and gold Oct. 22-30, as the weeklong 2010 Devilish Homecoming activities build to a climax with a parade, block party and football game.

Homecoming meets Hollywood: ASU students roll out the red carpet
This year, roughly 100,000 students have taken part in more than 50 Campus MovieFest events at universities across the country, including ASU, and have received filmmaking training and equipment free of charge. ASU students will have the chance to screen their films in front of a general audience during the week of Homecoming.

Liberal Arts and Sciences serves up hands-on fun at Homecoming
Robots and puppets, snakes and meteorites, 3-D math puzzles and elephant toothpaste await visitors in this year's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences area at the Homecoming Block Party. Embracing the spirit of Halloween weekend and the theme “A Devilish Homecoming,” the college and its academic units are planning dozens of kid-friendly activities, including a toga contest, spooky ghost stories and a hands-on demonstration on the “science of slime.”

Museum of Anthropology gets into the Homecoming spirit
ASU's Museum of Anthropology is taking the theme from its annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition to the Homecoming Block Party on Oct. 30. Visitors to the booth will find a Day of the Dead alter dedicated to mothers and may leave offerings or write messages to the departed. Also on hand will be a CALACA photo booth and an introduction to the museum’s new exhibition, "Return of the Corn Mothers."

Ghost hunter planned for Halloween-themed Homecoming at Poly
Ghost hunter Darren Thompson will explore unexplained paranormal activity at ASU's Polytechnic campus on Oct. 26. Thompson will explain the extensive equipment used to investigate the paranormal and discuss how and why psychics are used in conjunction with the equipment. Participants are invited to ask questions and share stories throughout the presentation.

ASU marches for good health at Homecoming
The College of Nursing & Health Innovation is encouraging students, faculty and the community to march in ASU's Homecoming parade to promote the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Cronkite alum receives Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Don Dotts, an alumnus of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will receive ASU's Alumni Service Award during halftime of the ASU Homecoming football game Oct. 30.

Media contact:

Marshall Terrill