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Students unleash their inner ghoul

Night of fun and fright returns with Halloween Bash

By Ellen McCauley
On October 28, 2013

With Halloween approaching faster than a speeding zombie, students looking for an evening of fun and fright may not need to look further than their very own campus.

The Halloween Bash is a dance at Kirkwood Community College that is hosted by Student Life and the Student Leadership Council.

Seth Vander Tuig, associate director of Student Life, has supported the Halloween Bash from its early stages. According to Vander Tuig, the event was an immediate success.

 "As soon as we added the event we knew it was a success and something that we would continue," Vander Tuig said. "Every year it's gotten a little bit bigger and students really seem to enjoy all the stuff we've got going on."

Due to difficulty having an even balance between the dance and the costume contest, the Student Leadership Council plans to change the event slightly this year. According to Vander Tuig, the costume contest will still be held but representatives from Student Life will wander the dance floor looking for the best costumes.

"Essentially what we do is we turn the Café into a nightclub for the evening," Vander Tuig said. "We'll have a DJ and the whole works."

Although the dance is Halloween themed, costumes are not required this year. However, whether students are showing off their super powers or are undercover like Clark Kent, Vander Tuig said he expects many students to attend in their Halloween costumes.

While many students have worn traditional Halloween costumes to past events, such as policemen, firefighters and nurses, Vander Tuig remembered a few costumes that were more memorable.

"We've had about everything; a koala in a tree probably sticks out the most." Vander Tuig said. "It was two students. The guy dressed up as a tree and his girlfriend dressed up as a koala and rode around on his shoulders all night."

According to Vander Tuig, around 350 to 400 students are expected to attend this year.

The Halloween Bash will be held on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in Iowa Hall. The event is free for students.

"I imagine this year will be one of the best we've ever had," said Vander Tuig.

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