by Keely Mills and Ryan Hoffman
On Oct. 25, the empty Lookout Room was transformed into a Halloween extravaganza. Streamers in black and purple fell from the ceiling, signs of warning, beware, and danger displayed on the walls, pumpkins scattered everywhere, and a table full of spooky treats. All of that topped off with mini vampires, princesses, super heroes, and animals came together to create a night of entertainment for the young and old.
The Halloween Monster Bash has been an annual event for the past several years put on by the Student Involvement Center and the Children’s Center. It caters to any student or staff member who may have children and want to have some Halloween fun. Activities like a cake walk, bowling, and pumpkin painting keep the children busy. And among all the fantastic costumes, one will be the winner of the best costume contest.
“I think in college, no matter what age you are, you get to meet other people who are just like yourself,” says Thomas Camara, Student Involvement & Leadership lead coordinator for the event. The Children’s Center took care of most of the carnival games, but Camara provided food and set up a lot of the decorations. Camara and other members of the SILC worked on the decorations for four hours. “It’s a fun event where other students with kids can all meet each other.”
Along with all the activities is a “Spook Alley” for the children to walk through if they’re looking for a scare. The alley is decked out with creepy skeletons, severed heads, and mystery bowls. “Some bowls have candy and some have grapes for eyeballs and cold noodles for worms,” Camara reveals. Creating “Spook Alley” was Camara’s favorite part of the event.
“I love being scared and scaring people,” Camara said.
Not only students, but also other Boise State employees attended the event. Tom Schmidt is a technical record specialist in the financial aid department at Boise State. Tom and his girlfriend Jennifer have been attending the Monster Bash for the past three years. They have benefited from the services offered by the Children’s Center, which is what led them to discover the event.
Children’s Center Director Bethani Studebaker notes the SILC requested the Children’s Center for help. “We’re here just helping out, running some of the games, and also marketing and promoting to our nontraditional students that we serve at the Children’s Center.”
“We’ve done the bulk of the marketing, but [the Children’s Center] has definitely helped in getting it out, because without them, it’d be hard to get a lot of students here that have children,” Camara notes.
As the event carried on, the room became more packed. In the past, the event has been held in larger rooms, but due to other activities, the Lookout Room was the only place available. The large crowd didn’t slow down the fun, though.
In other words, the Monster Bash was certainly a smash!