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City College students celebrate Halloween at ‘Festival of Frights’

Connor Goss
Students came together at the Campus Bookstore to get their faces painted by the cosmetology department On Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Bookstore was flooded with ghouls, ghosts and goblins Thursday to host a Halloween Festival of Frights with a live DJ, free face paintings, costume contests and raffle giveaways.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the cosmetology department set up six stations for painting student’s faces while they had the chance to walk around different campus booths to pick up candy or baked goods.

Campus organizations from societies, clubs and campus programs had booths set up for different activities like bake sales, cookie decorating and pumpkin carving.

“I think that it was a great event for all the students, especially after yesterday,” said one student from the Cyborg and Mutant Rights Club booth. 

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The Cyborg and Mutant Rights Club set up a pumpkin carving table where it offered students the chance to paint their pumpkins with glow in the dark paint.

While students were able to dress up and enter the costume contest on their own, they were also encouraged to get a face painting by the students from the cosmetology department, who provided all the make-up for the event.

The artists had different specialty stations focusing on different details, like characters, special FX, and beauty.

Skulls, stitches, horror movie characters, and goblins were painted brightly on student’s faces as they haunted the bookstore floating from booth to booth.

Programs like Extended Opportunity Programs and Services offered students general information but also participated in the donation-based bake sale to donate proceeds to a family in Lompoc who recently lost their son.

The bookstore hosted two raffles that had multiple winners for school supplies and gift cards and there were also three larger raffles for bigger wins like the backyard collection, the beach collection, and the camping collection. 

Students could only enter a raffle once and winners, including the costume contest winner, were announced that same day after the event.

“We set everything up so that students could easily leave and come back whenever,” said Melanie Olguin, a bookstore employee who helped organize the event. 

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