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CTC brings out the scares at Fall Carnival

CTC brings out the scares at Fall Carnival

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By Janel Lee
Harker Heights Evening Star

Lightning and children dressed in costumes with their buckets set the stage for Central Texas College’s annual Haunted House and Fall Festival this past Friday and Saturday nights. The Haunted House was held at the former Physical Plant on the CTC campus and the Fall Carnival at the Mayborn Science Theater.

The 10 rooms inside the Haunted House were designed by various campus clubs and organizations. The Fall Carnival also had various campus clubs and organizations running booths with some providing games, taking pictures with princesses, and offering various candy and treats. Ten percent of all proceeds from the event go into the CTC Foundation Scholarship Program. Campus clubs running booths at the Fall Carnival also receive the funds from their booth’s sales to fund their own activities.
The Fall Carnival and Haunted House event started to bring the community together and provide a safe location where the community could come to be “scared.”
Mariceli Vargas, director of student life and activities at CTC, said the event has become a staple among the Central Texas community over the years the college has hosted the event. Vargas said the event has grown each year due to people telling others about the event.
“The community expects it every year,” said Vargas.
The various clubs and organizations also expressed positive comments about the event.
“I like it because it’s a safe way for kids to have fun,” said Yliris Finney of the Culinary Club as she laid out the cupcakes at her club’s booth.
Amber Graves of the Writing Club had said the event was fun and allowed their club to raise funds to do activities such as trips.
Visitors also expressed having a good time as well.
William Dunlap, with his daughter, Haliey, said they come every year and it was a great time for his daughter, especially with trick-or-treating not being as frequent in the neighborhoods.
Amaria and Odell McBride with their daughter and son Melody and Shane came to the event after seeing a sign and wanted to have family time.
“We were interested in the Halloween stuff,” said McBride. McBride also remarked that the Haunted House was “really creepy.”
When asked about their expectations for next year, Vargas said they hoped to make it bigger and make the Haunted House scarier and to have more activities at the Fall Carnival for both parents and children.
“They could find what they want to do and can come and have fun for Halloween,” said Vargas.

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