CU Celebrates Halloween
For the month of October, Cameron Programming Activities Council (PAC) partnered with Student Housing and campus clubs and organizations to celebrate the holiday season with the annual Halloween Carnival and a haunted house.
The Cameron University Programming Activities Council (PAC) hosted its annual Halloween Carnival from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Aggie Rec Center.
The Halloween Carnival is a chance for Cameron University to reach out to the local community, with hundreds of people attending each year.
In 2016, around 700 people attended. Senior English Education major and PAC President Kylie Erricson said that she expected the same number of people to attend this year.
“It’s usually a really big event where non-traditional students at Cameron bring their friends and family,” she said. “We usually get a big turnout and it’s one of the biggest events that PAC hosts.”
Clubs and organizations at Cameron like Greek Life, Biological Sciences and CU Engineers had the opportunity to set up booths at the carnival. PAC oversaw the setup of the Halloween Carnival and co-sponsored it with each campus organization. In total, 33 organizations participated this year.
PAC and Greek Life adviser Aron Crouse said that almost every organization at Cameron set up a table.
“There were two that backed out at the end,” he said, “and one or two that couldn’t put a table together, so they helped other organizations or helped PAC.”
Each campus group with a booth had games, prizes or crafting activities and plenty of candy to give out. There was also a bouncy house for children.
Organization members set their booths up on carpet mats in a rectangular pattern on the basketball court of the Rec Center to allow attendees to walk from table to table in an orderly fashion.
Each organization came prepared with Halloween-themed activities and games, bringing awareness to their clubs.
Erricson said that she liked the opportunity to get active with the local community.
“It’s just a big carnival that kids and families can come to,” she said. “College students can come too. Usually they give prizes. It’s a way for PAC and Cameron to reach out to the community.”
Aggie Mascot Ole Kim walked around the carnival greeting everyone and stopping to take pictures.
Crouse said he loves how the activities allowed the campus to get involved with the community and impact local children.
“I think it was fantastic,” he said, “and it opens me up to the reasons why PAC does it. It’s fantastic to see that from both sides.”
Student Housing and PAC hosted the inaugural haunted house from 8-10 p.m. on Oct. 30.
The haunted house occupied all three floors of housing.
Members of both organizations dressed up as Disney characters for the event. Some of the characters included Scary Poppins, Mad Hatter, Snow White and Hercules.
For more information about PAC, visit www.cameron.edu/pac.
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