All dressed up…
October 31, 2008 by Zoe Tarlow
The Third Annual Halloween Costume Contest was a thriller. Students and faculty got creative with their costumes, dressing up as fonts, movie characters, princesses and the undead.
Three years ago the Halloween costume competition started in room 3090, with about a dozen people in attendance. The next year, it grew to about 30 people and the competitors and the audience could barely fit into the room.
â€œWe just ran out of space because it became so popular,â€ said Linda Mossing, journalism program assistant. This year, the competition took place in the rotunda of theÂ RichmondÂ campus, where a Halloween cat-walk was set up, so people could watch from the winding staircase orÂ from the main floor.
Thirty people entered the costume contest this year, among them 26-year-old, Ashley Letts, a public relations student, who dressed up as David Bowie in his role in the movie Labyrinth. â€œThe past couple years have been really low-key for me on Halloween, so this year I decided to go for it,â€ said Letts. â€œIâ€™ve been obsessed with Labyrinth since I was a little girl!â€
Erin, Raimondo, 23, a PR student,Â found aÂ dress at a vintage shop, and put together a porcelain doll outfit for the occasion.
The program assistants, who put on the costume competition,Â were the first ones to strut their stuff down the haunted, cob-web infested runway.Â They came as fonts this Halloween, from Old English to Century Gothic. Signs were taped to the front and back of their costumes, and when they lined up, the sign read “Happy Halloween!”
Awards were given out for Best Staff Pair, Best Staff Group, Most Creative, Best Consumer Costume, Scariest Costume, Best Student Group, Best Performance and Scariest Costume.
Naughty Nurse, Lucas Nightingale, 30, an interior design student, was uncertain about how to respond to his award for “Scariest Costume.” His friend, Sean Kirkby, 26, alsoÂ an interior design student, responded for him. â€œVinyl is always scary,â€ he said.
Once the show was over,Â a woman walked up to Nightingale in the crowd in the cafeteria and noticed his six-inch black high heels.
â€œI havenâ€™t been able to feel my toes since about 10, so thatâ€™s probably not a good thing, but whatever,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s for the costume.â€
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