Stevenson’s dining services, sponsored by Sodexo, will be hosting several Halloween events on campus on Oct. 31, including a Halloween-themed dinner, a costume contest, a pumpkin painting contest, and a fortune telling booth. The events celebrate the holiday and allow students to enjoy themselves and share in the Halloween spirit.
“Everyone will experience the spooky vibe of Halloween,” said Julie Mazer, marketing coordinator for Sodexo dining services. “It will be over the top, but not too over the top.”
The Halloween dinner will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Rockland Marketplace. Dining services will provide brain-shaped Jell-O, dirt cake with worms and other themed foods.
Mazer said that Sodexo wants everyone to have a great experience. The Rockland Marketplace will be decorated in spider webs and will have a fog machine to create an eerie mood.
Mazer plans to be a fortune teller at a station during that night’s dinner. People will have a chance to see their future in this event. She said that she wants to help get “everyone in the Halloween vibe.”
Some dining areas on campus are selling candy grams for $3, from now until the Halloween dinner. Every purchase comes with a scratch-off, and winners can receive prices such as a bobblehead, more candy or a free drink at Jazzman’s Café. Mazer said students have a high chance of winning.
Students who plan to attend these events have even more incentive to show up in costume. Mazer said prizes, including gift cards and pizza parties, will be offered. The costume contest will take place during dinner, and the Sodexo staff will be in costume as well. The categories are “Most Creative Costume,” “Scariest Costume,” and the “Crowd Favorite.”
The pumpkin painting contest will provide another creative outlet for students. Students are encouraged to decorate the pumpkins any way they want, from bold to simple, traditional to abstract. There are plenty of colors with which to create the pumpkins for a true Halloween experience, and some lucky students and their pumpkins will win prizes.
Mazer and the rest of the Sodexo staff are excited to create a fun and spooky experience for the students.
“These are the Halloween spirited events,” said Mazer, “but there are a few other tricks up our sleeves.”