Oct. 27, 2011

All dressed up, with places to go

Insect costumes for Spirits in the Gardens

Performances at Reiman Gardens' Spirit in the Gardens feature student dancers in student-designed costumes. Kera Coggins' lady bug costume (top) was created by Jennifer Sonner, Amanda Jorgensen and Jessica DeBrackleire. Laura Carr's dragonfly design is by Kaitlyn Clevenstein, Megan St. Germain, Marian Baggenstoss and Elizabeth Freiberger. Photos by Bob Elbert.

This year's Halloween costumes can get plenty of use, with several family-friendly events planned by campus organizations. The events are open to the public and free of charge, unless otherwise indicated.

Boo with ZEW
Thursday, Oct. 27 (6-9 p.m., Vet Med lobby)
The Zoo, Exotics and Wildlife (ZEW) Club will be having an exotic animal petting zoo, costume contest and games. Food and beverages will be provided and a grab bag will be awarded to each child. Tickets are $5 (ages 3-15) and $7 (16 and older). Children younger than 3 years old are free of charge, and family discounts are available.

Greek Trick or Treat
Thursday, Oct. 27 (6-7:30 p.m., ISU Greek community)
Several Iowa State fraternities and sororities will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Look for pumpkin posters at participating Greek houses along Grey Avenue, Sunset Drive, Pearson Avenue and Greeley Street. Parking is available at 224 and 311 Ash Ave.

VRAC Haunted House
Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30 (1-4 p.m., 1117 Black Engineering)
Take a walk through the Black Engineering Building with real and digital effects created by the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC). The sights and frights are appropriate children age five and older.

Spirits in the Gardens
Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30 (4-7 p.m., Reiman Gardens)
Keeping with this year's "Insects" theme, ISU dancers in bug costumes designed by apparel students will perform during Reiman Gardens' annual event. Children are invited to trick-or-treat, enjoy crafts and games, and listen to a storyteller. An ISU Wildlife Care Clinic exhibit will feature live owls and birds. Children (17 and younger), students and members receive free admission. Admission is $8 for adults ($7 seniors).

Spooktacular Concert
Sunday, Oct. 30 (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium)
The Iowa State Opera Studio and Symphony Orchestra will present a "Halloween Spooktacular" concert, featuring stage and screen favorites. Orchestra members will be in costume, and guests are invited to dress up, too. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Children (12 and younger) wearing costumes get in free of charge.