Marquee for the Indiana TheaterStudents working with Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Annual Giving have organized Indiana Scares & Cares: A Spooktacular IUP Student Aid Screening, at the Indiana Theater, 637 Philadelphia St., on October 14 to raise funds to support IUP students and collect donations for the IUP Food Pantry and Help Center and the IUP Crimson Closet.

This is a family-friendly event, open to all ages.

The film Halloweentown will be shown at 7:00 p.m. at the theater. There is no fixed admission charge, but monetary donations or donations for the Food Pantry and Help Center or Crimson Closet are requested. Monetary donations to support IUP students can be made in advance online

Items needed for the IUP Food Pantry and Help Center are nonperishable food items, hygiene products, gently used clothing, and school supplies.

Items needed for the Crimson Closet are any type of business wear as well as accessories (jewelry, work bags, portfolios, belts, ties, and shoes).

IUP opened the Food Pantry in 2019; it expanded to the current Food Pantry and Help Center in 2021 and offers food items, toiletries, and school supplies. Alumni, friends, and students, including a number of student groups, continue to support the Food Pantry and Help Center with both monetary donations and supplies. The Food Pantry and Help Center is located in Wallwork Hall and is coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

IUP’s Crimson Closet is coordinated by faculty members Aleea Perry (Department of Political Science) and Nancy Hutchinson (Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance). It is a free business wear and casual clothing resource for students.

Door prizes will be given out during the Spooktacular event; attendance in costume is encouraged, but not required.

“This event is a first for IUP, especially with a focus on student giving,” said Alexa Zacek, IUP Annual Giving coordinator. “We are excited to host this event and have all of Indiana come together to support our students through various ways. All gifts are appreciated and will directly help our students succeed in their studies and lives here at IUP,” she said.

For more information, contact the Office of Annual Giving at 724-357-5555.

IUP continues to see incredible generosity and unwavering support for the university’s student-centered success initiatives—including increasing IUP’s affordability and value—and the university’s commitment to making a significant, positive impact on health and wellness, especially in Pennsylvania’s rural communities.

Poster for the event