All Hall-O-Ween (AHOW) is an annual event put on by RHA in October to celebrate the spirit of Halloween in a fun and community oriented way. This event began in 2001 with the hope of providing a safe alternative for youth in the Berkeley, Richmond, and Oakland areas during the Halloween season. For this event, RHA invites students from local elementary schools and Berkeley’s own Family Housing to come trick-or-treat in the residence halls. The children are bused over to the residence halls where residents are welcome to pass out candy provided by Cal Dining, act as tour guides for the children, decorate their halls and lounges for a possible decoration contest and dress up in their best Halloween attire. One other fun way residents can get involved and interact with the children is by working with their hall associations and unit communities to organize a fun “after trick-or-treating” event or “Sweet Stop” for the kids. Past events have included: Kiddie-Carnivals, Arts and Crafts Corners, Haunted Houses and more. Don’t miss out on this awesome way to connect with the Berkeley community this Halloween. More information will be available from your RHA reps and through posters at a Residence Hall near you. Sign ups for tour guides and candy givers start soon!
This year, RHA has decided to change our annual Bearfest event to a year long Bearfest Initiative. We hope that this redesign will showcase the Residential Halls commitment in advocating for as many marginalized and underrepresented individuals/groups within and around our Berkeley Community. In the past, Bearfest was an event coordinated and hosted by RHA every November to celebrate the rich history of People's Park. Beginning in 1996, this event was originally known as the Scare Crow Festival, but for the last 20 years the event has coined the name, Bearfest. Bearfest was meant to recognize the importance and history of People’s Park and those who reside in and around that space. However, this year each Residential Unit Hall Association’s will sign up for a specific month that is dedicated to a topic of community importance organize a community service event on the second weekend of their assigned month. We are excited to announce that this year’s chosen topics to address will be homelessness, senior citizens in our community, cancer survivors in our community, food scarcity, and housing security for continuing students.
Spring Advocacy Program
Each Spring between February and March, RHA puts on a Spring Program. This event is not annual and is decided upon with resident interest and RHA staff and representative input in mind. Past Spring Programs have been: ResHall Feud, Hall Olympics, Cal Idol, Around the World Awareness, Bear Talent and more. For further descriptions of past events, please refer to the below information. If you would like to see a particular type of event take place this year, please feel free to give us your suggestions by emailing the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year in April RHA invites residents and guests to conclude the year with a night on the San Francisco Belle, a 3-decker marvelous boat. There will be complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and desserts are served along with multiple floors for dancing while the boat is cruising around the beautiful San Francisco Bay. This semi-formal spring dance began as RHA's House Party in 1999 at Pauley Ballroom. It then moved to a boat setting in San Francisco. At first, each unit held its own boat dance, but as the program grew more popular, it became a single large-scale event put on by RHA. Past Sail Away themes have included: Moulin Rouge, Casino Royal, Paris Je t'aime, Midnight Masquerade and more. This is the only event put on by RHA that has a limitation on the number of residents and guests who can participate and requires payment. You won't want to miss out, so look out for more information this coming spring!
In order to participate in the event, you will need to fill out an order form to turn into an RHA rep for a ticket as well as turn in a waiver form on the day of the event. Both forms are available from RHA representatives and are downloadable on the website.