Students get Halloween alternative

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 10:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 10:38 a.m.

A group of University of Florida students made an effort to help others celebrate Halloween safely this year - an alternative to spending Halloween night at Gainesville's clubs or bars.

The University of Florida chapter of FACES Modeling Troupe on Wednesday night hosted the “safe-social” Halloween party - which it called SKREAM: The PreQuel.

About 80 college students came to the event at the Tivoli apartments clubhouse dressed from head to toe in Halloween costumes.

“You would be amazed how many college kids still enjoy putting on a full Halloween Costume,” said Anthony Pierce, president of FACES.

This is the second year FACES has held the event - which also raises money for charity.

Wednesday night, crawling insects were most popular, as many girls just wore butterfly wings and leotards. Togas were also in vogue and left spectators without much to imagine.

Local restaurants donated most of the food, including food from Steak n Shake, Reggae Shack Café and Wing Zone. The students did not have to worry about going trick-or-treating, because hundreds of pieces of candy lined every table and empty corner of the room.

A Native American and Victoria Secret Angel competed for the winning spot in the Twister game, while a law enforcement officer and the Mortal Kombat crew stood watching.

Roy Broderick, a second-year nursing student, improvised with his costume. “I knew I wanted to look different so I cut up leopard-print material and glued it on an old suit to make a pimp costume,” he said.

The highlight of the night was the costume contest, in which contestants had to walk the runway while an announcer explained their costume. Judges evaluated them on originality and the “swagger” in their walk.

The award for best costume was split between the guys dressed as the Mortal Kombat crew. Sexiest costume was awarded to two girls dressed as law enforcement officers who danced their way down the runway.

Guests were charged $1 for admission - and FACES plans to use proceeds from the party for its November service projects, Pierce said.

“We have the party so people can have fun, but we always give the money to charity,” he said.

Although some guests still went to clubs after the party, FACES members said they were satisfied with the event. They are already planning new ideas for next year's party, said Gabrielle Marrah, FACES social coordinator.

“People look forward to this party every year, so we try our hardest to please them for supporting us,” she said.

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