Come have a fiendishly good time at The University of Texas-Pan American's 47th annual Carnival of the Great Pumpkin Saturday, Oct. 26.
The carnival will be held at the UTPA Fieldhouse from 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will include live music, games, food, prizes and other activities for the whole family, as well as a haunted house and, of course, candy.
"It is a great community event for the whole family that provides a safe environment for kids to celebrate Halloween," said Daniela Venegas, program coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement and the adviser to the University Program Board.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy three different carnival rides and participate in three different contests: pie eating, costume and "Wrap Your Mummy," where children will wrap their mothers in paper for prizes.
For the costume contest, various prizes will be awarded for different age groups. For the newborn to 5-year-old category, the top three winners will receive age-appropriate toys. For the 6-12-year-old group, prizes include a tablet, portable screen and a scooter. For the 12+ group, the top three costume wearers will receive a TV, camera or an iPod Shuffle.
This year, 57 student organizations will sell food and host various carnival games for the public. The carnival is a key fundraising activity for UTPA student organizations. The money they collect is used to fund seminars and organization functions throughout the year.
UTPA's Community Service Connection will host a booth where people can come and write letters to troops serving in the military.
The Carnival of the Great Pumpkin started in 1966 to connect the University with the Rio Grande Valley community. Last year, the University hosted 4,600 people. This year, UT Pan American expects a larger crowd, Venegas said.
For more information or special accommodations, call (956) 655-7991.