Screamfest lures with pumpkins, costumes and frightful food

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Students can decorate pumpkins today.

By Brianna Rodrigue

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The office of student life and Staff Council are preparing for students to have a good time with upcoming Halloween events.

A pumpkin decorating contest will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

About 30-40 pumpkins will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, Carrie Hernandez, senior student success specialist said.

Hernandez said there will be paint available for students, but they can bring their own decorations for their pumpkin.

Three winners will be announced at Screamfest.

This will be the first year this college will host Screamfest, a campuswide Halloween festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31 in the mall.

Students and staff can wear Halloween costumes and compete in three categories.

Judges are looking for the most creative, the funniest and the scariest costumes.

The Halloween costume contest will be at noon, and one winner will be announced per category.

“This is the first year for Screamfest, and I am excited about it,” Hernandez said. “I hope all goes well.”

Students and staff can participate in the Halloween food-decorating contest.

Three winners will be chosen for creations, such as bloodshot deviled-egg eyeballs and bloody finger cookies, Hernandez said.

From 4-7 p.m. that day, Staff Council will sponsor Trunk or Treat in Parking Lot 21 south of Scobee Education Center.

Trunk or Treat is a version of trick-or-treating. Instead of children going door to door to collect candy, they will go to the trunks of cars to collect candy.

The event offers an alternative for children to enjoy trick or treating after the clown scares around the city.

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are warning against a scary prank in which people dressed as clowns reportedly harass others.

“I am hoping people do come out especially because of the clown sightings which is so scary for the kids, and I am sure parents are scared to take their kids trick-or-treating,” Hernandez said. “I want a safe Halloween night for kids.”

Trunk or treat is open to all students, children and community members.

Hernandez said staff and clubs can donate bags of candy.

About 12 clubs are participating in Trunk or Treat, Hernandez said, but if any other clubs and organization are interested, contact Hernandez at 210-486-0128 or stop by Room 260A of Loftin Student Center.

Sasha D. Robinson contributed to this story.

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