CAB wraps up spooky season with ‘Hallowfest’

CAB member Danika Noriega, junior business administration major, passes out candy at the Halloween Fest on Monday at the Citrus Lawn. The event included a costume contest, food, music, games and a “terror truck” haunted house attraction. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook
CAB member Danika Noriega, junior business administration major, passes out candy at the Halloween Fest on Monday at the Citrus Lawn. The event included a costume contest, food, music, games and a “terror truck” haunted house attraction. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

Hailey Martinez
Staff Writer

As Halloween season drew to a close, the Campus Activity Board wrapped up the festivities with a grand finale, “Hallowfest,” Monday night on Citrus Lawn. 

Over 100 enthusiastic students gathered to enjoy the final moments of Halloween. 

Under the starry night, students paraded their creative and haunting Halloween costumes. The night was a bewitching tapestry of experiences, featuring a spine-tingling “terror truck” experience, delectable vegan donuts from The Dough of Life, a seemingly endless candy bar, a painting station that offered canvases or little pumpkins to paint, a spooky Halloween trivia game, and a whimsical 360-degree photo booth  to capturing enchanting memories.

“I think it’s such an amazing way to end Halloween month, especially since not a lot of students get to go home and are stuck here on campus,” Teresa Nguyen, freshman political science major, said. 

Nguyen was dressed as diet coke can, her DIY costume was a silver sparkly dress with the printed out Diet Coke logo stuck to the dress. Nguyen said she appreciated the creativity and individuality of her classmates’ costumes. 

The live DJ added to the ambiance, with a variety of musical genres, from haunting tunes to hip hop and lively beats that heightened the Halloween spirit. 

“The ambiance tonight feels really lively,” said Megan Romo, graduate student in education.

Romo said she liked the  Halloween trivia game, for which she won a ghost lamp. 

The event also featured a costume contest with winners for “best-dressed,” “most imaginative,” and “most spine-chilling.”

Freshman kinesiology major Michael Nystrom was pleasantly surprised to win an award for his costume, Chad Danford from “High School Musical.” 

“I wasn’t expecting to win first place,” Nystrom said. He had initially planned on dressing up as Teen Titans with his friends but after several people told him he looked like Chad Danford, he decided to go for that as his Halloween costume. 

“My favorite thing about hosting the event tonight was the Halloween trivia,” said Monica Esparza, CAB member and child development major. “I really liked the prizes we selected for Halloween trivia (including) a ghost lamp, ghost lego (and) a box of spooky ‘squishmallows’.”

Esparza said this year’s Hallowfest was different from last year’s because it was more interactive. She wanted to make sure students had a reason to stay longer at the event. 

Hailey Martinez can be reached at hailey.martinez@laverne.edu.

Senior computer science major Sergio Morones, junior criminology major Miriam Navarro, junior business administration major Juliana Magallon and senior biology major Daniel Delara entered the Halloween Fest costume contest as the Scooby Doo crew with their furry friends Gibson and Seager on Monday at the Citrus Lawn. Besides the costume contest, the event included food, music, games and a “terror truck” haunted house attraction. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

Hailey Martinez is a junior journalism major with a photography minor. She is a staff writer for the Campus Times and a staff photographer for the Campus Times and La Verne Magazine.

Sheridan Lambrook, a senior journalism major with a concentration in visual journalism, is photography editor and a staff writer for the Campus Times.

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