October 26, 2009

Student Center hosts Halloween activities

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center is scaring up a frightfully good time with numerous special Halloween weekend activities. Much of it is open to the community as well as SIUC students and staff.

There’s a two-tiered costume contest on Friday, Oct. 30, with one competition for SIUC students and another for faculty and staff. Just stop by the Craft Shop on the lower level of the Student Center any time between 10 a.m. and show off your original, creative, identifiable costume.

Top prize in each category is a $25 Student Center gift card. Second place earns a free workshop at the Craft Shop (materials not included.). They will announce the winners at 3:30 p.m.

The Craft Shop is hosting a variety of other special activities and walk-in workshops too. All ages are welcome for free face painting. You can also make spooky wax hands or cool masks for $3 each. Or create individualized Halloween cards for $1 each. The face painting and workshops are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 31. No pre-registration needed.

You can stop by the Big Muddy Room between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and visit with fortuneteller “Madame Bling.”

The Craft Shop can even help create that last-minute costume. Call 618/453-3636 for an appointment with a sewing expert for Halloween Costume Sewing Basics. Bowling and Billiards will also feature Cosmic Bowling 6-10 p.m. that evening with a student rate of $2 per game and $1 shoe rental.

Halloween is coming to the Student Center’s eateries too. MarketPlace will offer a variety of spooky special options from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Think glazed bat wings (chicken wings), Frankenstein’s intestines (bratwurst), wilted salad (spinach salad with bacon dressing or other treats. There will also be special sweets and pricing at various restaurants throughout the day.

The fun continues into the evening as the International Student Council presents Halloween Bash. Put on your costume and come to the Big Muddy Room on the lower level of the Student Center, near the Craft Shop, from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The bash will feature a costume contest with categories for guys, girls and couples. There’ll be fortune telling, photo booths, music and dancing as well.

The evening is a great opportunity for international students to learn about and experience American holidays and customs while providing an entertaining time for one and all, said Abinav Copparam, a graduate master’s student in electrical and computer engineering who is vice president of finance for the International Student Council.