Annual ‘Spooktacular’ just one of many alcohol-free events sponsored by Mizzou After Dark

Candy, haunted houses and pumpkins are everywhere around the time of Halloween. Even college kids enjoy dressing up. To celebrate Halloween, Mizzou After Dark hosted their annual Spooktacular event on Oct. 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Student Center.

Anna Shirley, a senior MU student, spent almost 10 hours putting together her piñata costume for the Spooktacular event.

“[My favorite part] is all the costumes,” Shirley said. “It’s fun to show off ours and it’s fun to see what other people come up with.”

Mizzou After Dark is a student-run organization that puts on alcohol-free late night events that MU students can attend at no cost. Spooktacular is the organization’s annual Halloween event.

“We hire different types of entertainment; all of it is Halloween themed,” said Katlyn Formanski, production assistant for Mizzou After Dark. “This is probably our biggest event of the year. It’s a fun, free, alcohol-free event for students. This [event] is also open to the public and especially children.”

This year there were many activities for attendees to do. Large pumpkins were provided along with stencils and carving tools so attendees could carve pumpkins to take home. People also had the option to paint smaller pumpkins. Large and small mason jars were provided to make into mummies with googly-eyes. Red and green apples were covered in caramel so people could decorate them with candies, making their own personal candy apple. Face painters transformed attendees’ faces into skeletons and fairies and many other creatures.

These are just a few of the many things Mizzou After Dark made available for all who came out. Be sure to look out for all the upcoming Mizzou After Dark events.

Jessica Weiss

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