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Forecast for the week: frightful Haunted houses, costume contests and much more

The Office of Student Involvement will host a series of events on the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses as part of the Halloween at the Union weeklong celebration.

On the Brownsville campus, Residential Life will screen two scary movies beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Casa Bella clubhouse.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, a pumpkin carving contest will be held at the East Patio in Edinburg and on the Student Union lawn in Brownsville. Winners will receive V Bucks: first place, $25; second place,$20; and third place, $15.

On Thursday, the Brownsville campus will host Fright Fest at 6 p.m. on the Casa Bella lawn. Student organizations will
sell food and host games such as Fear Factor. A haunted house will be set up in Buildings 5 and 6 in the student housing complex.

“We’re going to have rides, we’re going to have a [disc jockey], it’s going to be pretty cool,” Abraham Villarreal, program specialist for the Leadership and Mentoring office, said about Fright Fest. “It’s also open to the public and free of charge.”

The Zombie Bash takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Edinburg Student Union.

“Since we are not having the Carnival of the Great Pumpkin this year, we wanted to do something similar but in a smaller scale for students,” said Daniela Venegas, campus programming board adviser for Student Involvement. “We are doing a dance, haunted house and some games–that will happen in the union. It will be free for students.”

The final Halloween event is a costume contest that begins at 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Commons in Edinburg. Registration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The prize for first place is $100 in V Bucks; second place, $75; and third place, $50.

Freshman Cinthia Gonzalez plansto dress up as Castiel for Halloween. Castiel is an angel portrayed by actor Misha Collins in the hit TV show “Supernatural”on the CW Network.

“On Halloween I usually go get candy from neighbors, but I’d like to go with people here,” Gonzalez said about attending Fright Fest on Thursday.

For more information, call the Office of Student Involvement at 665-2266.

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