Local Families Enjoy ERAU Halloween Carnival

Emily Rickel/Reporter

Superheroes, princesses, minions, and spooky monsters were found around the Student Village on Oct. 28 during the 29th Annual Embry-Riddle Halloween Carnival hosted by the Department
of Housing and Residence Life.

“The Halloween Carnival is a chance to welcome families from our faculty, staff, students, and the Daytona Beach community to our campus for a
safe trick-or-treating experience,” explained James Devlin, Residence Life Coordinator for New Residence Hall. Approximately 1,500 parents and children were
expected to attend the festivities. In order to put on such an event, Devlin recognized Priscilla McDonald, the entire Resident Advisor staff, and other campus departments as key contributors who provided planning assistance, candy donations, marketing support, and volunteers. Roughly 5,000 pieces of candy were donated by residential students and campus partners such as the WFF staff and the K-12 Education Outreach office. These donations supplied multiple trick-or-treating stations that were spread across
the Student Village courtyard.

Along with trick-or-treating, the event also featured Halloween-themed games such as zombie bowling, witch-hat ring toss, and pin the head on the skeleton. Other activities included corn-hole, mystery touch boxes, egg-and-spoon races, face painting, fortune telling, and a bounce house. Attendees also enjoyed free treats
like cotton candy and popcorn. A new addition to this year’s carnival was the STEM Activity Zone. Terique Stinnie, a member of the Halloween Carnival Planning Committee and Vice President of STEM Outreach, pushed to have STEM tables included in the event. “The main thing about our school is STEM education. I wanted the event to expand beyond trick-or-treating by also giving kids a fun STEM experience,” commented Stinnie, a senior in the
Aerospace Engineering program. Six on-campus student STEM organizations including STEM Outreach, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, the Amateur Astronomy Club, and the Society of Physics Students provided interactive activities for local families to enjoy. STEM activities included film canister rockets, non-Newtonian fluids, build-your-own foam airplanes, and
looking through solar telescopes.

The hard-work and meticulous planning of the Department of Housing and Residence Life and supporting campus partners certainly paid off for this event. The candy, games, refreshments, and STEM activities all brought smiles to the local families who attended. Many families mentioned that they are excited to
participate in next year’s carnival.

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