About 400 Transformers, superheroes and princesses swarmed the college union during the evening of Oct. 24 in search of Halloween activities, sponsored by student clubs and Student Life.
The annual carnival also attracted 750 adults, including the parents supervising the children plus the students staffing the booths, said Kendra Fringer, coordinator of Student Life. She provided the count in an email message.
The Mullens family, dressed up as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, said they attend every year.
“We enjoy the games and activities for the kids” said Mrs. Mullens, the mother of the family.
With almost 20 clubs offering different activities and games, there was no shortage of amusement for the children.
The Student Media Club offered a painting station with newspaper hats kids could color.
The Enactus Club had a table full of printed Halloween drawings with crayons and markers for any age to decorate.
The Physical Therapy Club, all dressed as the Avengers, supplied many pumpkins for a pumpkin ring toss.
Music filled the college union with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Wii dancing by Upward Bound and musical chairs sponsored by HOPE volunteers. HOPE is the acronym for the Hispanic club.
A DJ supplied music and laughs for a dance floor full of critters, fairies, and kids of all ages in a hoola hoop contest.
There was a continuous flow of candy from each booth including the Advocates of Peace fishing wall and the bucket toss by Phi Theta Kappa.
In addition to the candy, the Student Emergency Medical Science Association, Nursing Club, and College Poets and Writers handed out popcorn, snow cones, and other treats.
The Biotechnology club offered tables where the children could accessorize themselves with glow-in-the-dark bracelets to go with the face painting done by the Native American Student Association.
When the kids were tired from all the games, the Gamers Guild was there with a Wii set up with Super Smash Brothers Brawl for the youngsters to play.
At the end of the night, the parking lots were filled with Upward Bound’s balloons attached to the wrists of fun-filled and sugar-saturated children.
A total of $421 was donated to United Way.