Bodies hanged from the trees and laid on the side of the Javelina House. The Halloween themed party was much more fun than scary. On October 25, 2016, the Texas A & M University – Kingsville Office of Sustainability in conjunction with the Javelina Habitat hosted the Halloween Block Party in front of the Javelina House located between Nierman Hall and the Student Union Building.
“The purpose of this event is to promote zero waste activities and show the community where we are located at the office of campus sustainability and what we do and what we are about,” said Eli Twitty, the event coordinator.
This event had everything from food, games, and a costume contest for both the kids and students of TAMUK. There was also a bouncy house for kids and an area like bounce castle for the older kids.
Along with all the fun and games there was a big promotion of sustainability. With ARMARK providing treats made from organic and home grown pumpkins made by the Javelina Sustainability organization and booths about different ways of recycling and sustainability.
With Halloween around the corner one of the fan favorite booths was the pumpkin decorating. What made this both interesting was the fact that All the pumpkins that were painted were grown in the organic pallet garden located behind the Javelina House.
Naomi Moreno, a Senior accounting major, who represented the Campus Activites Board, C.A.B. said, “We thought it would be a good idea to get in the Halloween spirt, with fifty to sixty pumpkins we gave out to members of the community and we supplied paint stickers glitter and all sorts of fun stuff so people can decorate a pumpkin they have fun at the event.”
Miranda de la Garza, an Environmental Engineering Major, who is a part of A.W.A presented water filtration, “our booth teaches where [water] comes from, how it gets to your home and where the water goes after your house … so that people become aware of where there water comes from and how it is treated so that they can have a better understanding of what is actually going on behind the scenes.”
With people not only from TAMUK but also the Kingsvlle community the idea of sustainability was spread.
“We are very happy about how it’s going, there are so many people from around the [Kingsville] community not just TAMUK … and that is exactly what we wanted,” said Eli, “to come here and bring people together and show them sustainability is about togetherness, community and social sustainability not just environmentalism and we are hoping to promote that tonight.”