Students are encouraged to attend dress-up days for Halloween.
By Hannah Norman
Two events at this college will allow students and community members to don their scariest, funniest, most creative and most ‘out of this world’ costumes this week.
The office of student life will have a Halloween costume contest noon-1 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of Loftin Student Center.
Scobee Education Center will host a Cosmic Costume Mission and planetarium show 7-10 p.m. Friday at Challenger Learning Center and Scobee Planetarium.
“Students love to dress up, and I think it will be a fun day,” Carrie Hernandez, senior student success specialist, said of student life’s contest. “I’m very excited about that.”
Judges will look for the most creative, funniest and scariest costumes. The top three will receive trophies and gift bags.
The event also will recognize winners of the Oct. 15 pumpkin decorating contest.
“There will be a little runway where kids can walk, and it’ll be packed because it’s a small space,” Hernandez said. “I wish we had the Fiesta Room, but we will be running our Día de los Muertos event from 8 to 10:50 a.m. that morning.”
Hernandez said students can use nearby restrooms to change into their costumes.
The event will include light refreshments.
Challenger Learning Center celebrates its second anniversary Oct. 31, and the Cosmic Costume Mission will be a part of that celebration, said Rick Varner, Scobee center director.
“There’s this mental visual that you can have of all these people dressed up like aliens and ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ … and we’ve just had conversations with people for the last year and they all want to do this,” Varner said. “They want to have a costume mission.”
Guests will participate in a series of space exploration simulations and complete tasks to successfully accomplish the two-hour mission.
Wine and cheese will be served before a 40-minute “Black Holes” show in the planetarium. Registration is $40 per person, and guests must be at least 21 years of age.
Space is limited to about 30 people. Guests can purchase tickets on the campus’ website under the news and events tab.
“Apparently SAC has a lot of students who are ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ fans,” Varner said. “I talked with some of the students who were running for Student Government Association last year, and several of them were Trekkies or ‘Star Wars’ fanatics.”
To add to the ambiance of the sci-fi themed event, the 501st Legion (also known as Vader’s Fist) will be a part of the mission.
The organization is composed of enthusiasts who share their passion for “Star Wars” costuming by appearing at local events for charity and volunteer work.
For more information on the costume events, call 486-0125 or 486-0100.