ASMC hosts first-ever campus Halloween Festival


Pictured is a poster board advising Moorpark College students the location and time of the Halloween Festival on Oct. 31, 2022. Photo credit: Jasmine Hallack

By Jasmine Hallack

Associated Students of Moorpark College hosted their first-ever on campus Halloween Festival for students at the end of last month.

ASMC’s Halloween Festival brought together an estimated 200 Moorpark College students in the span of three hours that the event was held. The festival took place on Oct. 31 at Raider Walk from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Throughout the event, ASMC leadership encouraged students passing by to partake in their Halloween themed festivities in-between classes. Students who arrived in costume were eligible to compete in a contest for a grand prize of Apple Air Pods.

In addition to the custom contest, there were a multitude of arts and crafts activities that gave students the opportunity held to express their creative abilities. There was also a “Monster Munch” guessing game that tested the intuition of participants. For students wanting to revisit the nostalgia of Halloween, trick-or-treating was available in the the campus student center.

Jeise Rogel, a third-year student at Moorpark College, described how they were nervous because this was their first time attending an ASMC hosted event on campus, but still anticipated in partaking in the event for the Halloween activities.

“This is my first time attending something like this, so I was a bit nervous, but the reason why I wanted to go was because I heard there was going to be slime making,” Rogel said. “But what got me to enjoy my time was the pumpkin painting, so I’ll be looking forward to what ASMC does next year.”

Students were enthusiastic about the opportunity to meet new friends, support local vendors, and celebrate Halloween with one another on campus as a community.

Michelle Gonzales, a business and marketing student at Moorpark College, voiced her thoughts about the homemade desserts offered by the Desserts to Die For.

Ventura County local Deborah Dawson with Desserts to Die For at Moorpark College’s Halloween Festival on Oct. 31, 2022. Photo credit: Jasmine Hallack

“I really liked the desserts, because I’m kind of skeptical to try new foods and stuff like that.,” Gonzales said. “So I tried the dessert and I was like, wow, this is really good, so I’m really content about that.”

Although not all of the homemade desserts provided by Desserts To Die For were distributed within the two and a half hours at the Halloween festival itself, ASMC Vice President Sage Tollefson gave assurance that ASMC would not allow for the leftover food to go to waste.

“We did have a lot of extra food leftover, the desserts that we got,” Tollefson said. “It would be nice if we could’ve distributed them all, but at the same time we don’t ever waste food. The food that we get, it always goes to students, we always find a way to give it to students.”

ASMC hosts various events throughout the school year that focus on building the campus community or raising awareness for issues that impact students. Last month, AMSC also held a Pride Fair in support of LGBTQ students.

On Nov. 15, ASMC will host their second annual Local Environment Awareness Festival in support of local environmental sustainability initiatives. To stay up-to-date on ASMC events, follow their Instagram.