On Oct. 26, CSUSB’s Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) organized a Halloween Movie Night screening of “Annabelle: Creation” at the Lower Commons patio area.
In addition to showing the movie about a supernaturally possessed doll, an assortment of other activities was also available for students to partake in.
At 4:30 p.m. is when the Halloween Movie Night officially began, while the actual movie screening started two hours later. Before the showtime, attendees could get snow cones, play games like Jenga or Connect 4, and even take pictures in a photo booth with Annabelle herself.
There were also two contests that ran before the movie, rewarding participants for Best Pumpkin Carving and Best Costume. The winning pumpkin was decided by having attendees stamp a piece of paper next to the carving they liked the most while the costume contest winner was decided after having participants parade around pageant-style and seeing who got the most applause from the audience.
Anais Ford took home the trophy for Best Costume and two Six Flags tickets with her take on a beat-up piñata. Alexis Ermels was given the prize for Best Pumpkin Carving for her haunted house design, and was also rewarded a trophy and a pizza party organized by ASI.
Responsible for a wide array of on-campus activities and events, ASI serves on different organizational committees, provides programs and services to Coyotes, and offers representation at the state and national levels of student government.
The Halloween Movie Night screening of “Annabelle: Creation” is not the first themed film showing held on campus. ASI was also in charge of the May the Fourth event earlier this year, complete with Star Wars-centered games and balloon light sabers following a screening of “Rogue One” on the Pfau Library Lawn.
According to Programming Student Manager Manuel Macias, ASI conducted surveys to get student input on what kind of Halloween movie they would like to watch on campus.
“We created a survey that had different movies–from really scary like ‘The Conjuring’ to more family-friendly titles like ‘Halloweentown’ and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’ We even put ‘Wonder Woman’ as an option just for the heck of it,” said Macias. “But students wanted to see ‘Annabelle: Creation’ the most, so we decided to scare them a little.”
Macias believes that the Halloween Movie Night is a fun way for students to unwind from all the pressure they might experience during midterm exams week.
“I think it’s important to have events like these so students can take a breather and have a moment to just hang out. This is a cool way to kick back and relieve that stress,” stated Macias.
ASI already has more events lined up in the coming months for students to enjoy, but they are always open to suggestions and collaborating with other organizations.
“Our motto is ‘for the students, by the students,’ so we try to do what’s best for everyone,” explained Macias.