Miniature ghouls, ghost and goblins filled the first level of the Student Center at Salt Lake Community College’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Saturday Oct. 26 for the annual Halloween carnival that was sponsored by Student Life and Leadership.
The carnival lasted two hours, and roughly 400 children and adults attended dressed in costumes. They participated in activities such as pumpkin bowling, musical chairs and face painting. The purpose of the carnival was to provide a family event for SLCC students and members of the community.
“We’re a community college. There are a lot of students who have families. We like to reach out to them, but we also reached out to the international office. We wanted students from other countries to experience Halloween that haven’t had the opportunity to,” says Carlos Artiles, SLCC student body Executive Vice President.
Artiles estimates that the attendance was larger than what SLCC has previously seen.
He cited the fact that Student Life and Leadership ran out of candy and balloons multiple times, but things ran smoothly and the children received their candy.
“It’s a lot of fun to see all of the kids dressed up. There were some unique costumes,” says Artiles.
Student Life and Leadership member Cierra Cleveland attended the event with her younger sister who was dressed up as a police officer. Her favorite activity was balloon darts, but Cleveland saw the day as a learning experience.
“I thought it was fun for her to be a part of the process. She was able to see how we set things up and how an event like this helps the students at SLCC and the community,” says Cleveland.
Information about upcoming events such as the Halloween carnival at SLCC can be found at SLCC.edu/sll.