SMSU Program Board is hosting CSUSB annual Howl at the Moon Dance on Friday, Oct. 19 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. in the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) Lobby.
It is open to all CSUSB students as well as any guest members students may like to invite to this upcoming Halloween event.
“Since it is our Halloween dance we don’t expect but do encourage people to come in costumes. It will make the event a lot more fun and it’s an icebreaker to see if someone comes dressed up as Batman or Catwoman or even like a fairy,” said Idalia Mendoza, whose the marketing lead with SMSU Program Board.
Although costumes are welcomed, no full face masks are accepted.
There will be no bags or purses allowed upon entrance.
“CSUSB students can enjoy themselves starting the new school year on a good note. Howl at the Moon Dance is a great stress reliever before midterms,” said Mendoza.
Howl at the Moon dance is a free event and no fee is required to get in.
“I like to dance. I don’t know like how to dance like tango or whatever,” said David Villa, a transfer student at CSUSB.
The music that will be played is today’s top charted songs.
“This dance stands out because it is a big party that students can attend for free with a DJ provided,” said Celeste McDonald, student assistant at the Program Board in SMSU.
In order to get into the event, students must first sign in as well as have their Student IDs verified.
“If you do bring a guest who is 18 or over they would need to sign-in and have their California ID on them,” said Idalia Mendoza, the Marketing Lead with SMSU Program Board.
For some students, this event would be something to do this upcoming Friday night.
Peresuh, a biology student at CSUSB said, “I would like to go to the dance just so I can hang out with my friends and have fun.”
The event will not be hosting any “tricks or treats,” so not food will be provided.
“This year we encourage students to dress up in costumes for our contest in which the top 3 will win a prize,” said McDonald.
Students in the past years have been known to really get into the Halloween spirit.
“I don’t know if this is a Halloweeny costume, but I’d probably wear something from Black Panther,” said Sesedzayi Peresuh, a biology major.
According to the previous years of Howl at the Moon, over 2,000 people attend annually.
“I’d probably be a scarecrow,” said Villa.
To put an event like this together, it takes months in advance to plan.
The Program Board at CSUSB organized this event.
Forms must be submitted in advance as well as getting in contact with a DJ. The location spot must be reserved months before, meetings need to be set-up, assigning job tasks, and creating flyers and posters for promoting.
As far as the cost of the event, the Student Union is run by different fees which are allotted to the departments.
“We go off of what we are allotted and plan our events accordingly,” said McDonald, student assistant.
These are things that may need to be taken into consideration if a student plans on putting their own event together on campus.
SMSU Program Board specializes in on-campus events to engage students in college life at CSUSB. They promote different events of entertainment, aside from dances, like movie showings or live music.
“I help promote the different events the leads put on…like Howl at the Moon. I help supervise them, I help plan out their schedule, and we hand out the flyers that have the events are on,” said Mendoza, the marketing lead with SMSU Program Board.