Scary Movies and Food Drives

Although on-campus activities are not available this year for Halloween, Eastern New Mexico University is still offering ways for students to get into the Halloween spirit virtually.

The Associated Students Activities Board is offering a virtual scary movie night Oct. 28. ENMU students will be able to sign up to receive a special access code to watch the feature film “The Invisible Man.” Viewing access to the R rated film will be completely free, but limited to the first 500 ENMU students who sign up to receive the code, which will last for 24 hours beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

In the past, ENMU’s Student Government Association has made celebrating Halloween a fun way and opportunity for locals to contribute to their annual food drive.

“We usually plan with our own senators and any organizations that would like to partake, and then we go around the neighborhood and trick or treat for canned goods,” said Hannah Stout, SGA President. During normal years, they would also set up drop boxes around campus for anyone in the community wanting to make a contribution.

The proceeds of the food drive are distributed to the Eastern New Mexico Food Bank. This year, they are in the process of making plans to still put on a food drive, despite limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are trying to plan according to the governor’s restrictions,” said Stout, adding that student and participant safety is a main priority in the planning process.

Stout shared that despite the potential set-backs, she is hopeful for a successful drive.

“Especially with COVID now, a lot of families are hurting. So we just want to be able to provide to the community especially during these tough times. We actually want to do better than last year, but given the COVID circumstances, we’ll just do the best we can to provide for those families.”

As plans are still being made, a time and date has yet to be set for this year’s food drive. Stout said to expect it near the end of October or possibly November. She hopes members of the community will keep a lookout for updates and be ready to give back when the time comes.

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