Children’s Carnival brings the community together for night of costumes and candy

A young boy dressed as Miguel from the movie “Coco” gets a piece of candy from a booth at the Children’s Carnival in the Union Ballroom on Oct. 11, 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Thursday night in the K-State Student Union was an evening jam-packed with costumes, candy, games and more. The annual Homecoming Children’s Carnival serves as Kansas State’s outreach to the community at-large.

“It’s a fun and safe thing to do for Halloween; you’re not freezing, you’re inside, you can play games and have fun and you don’t have to walk around the neighborhoods at night trick or treating,” Chyla Cooper, graduate of K-State and mother of two, said.

This was Cooper’s second time attending the carnival with her son, Casen, who was dressed in a flannel and hard hat as a Home Depot worker.

“Last year he wasn’t old enough to enjoy the games, and he still has no idea what he’s doing,” Cooper said. “Everyone has to basically walk him through the games and be like ‘walk here, sit here, and do this.’”

Student volunteers put up booths where kids could come and play games to win prizes.

Jaden Castinado, sophomore in food science and industry, dressed as Elvis and led kids through a cake walk.

As a volunteer, he worked closely with many of the kids playing the booth games.

“I was walking out of the bathroom right when I changed into my costume and this kid stopped me and was like, ‘Look! It’s Elvis, he’s still alive,” Castinado said.

Students talked about how these events go beyond K-State to focus on the Little Apple community.

“Homecoming isn’t specifically a Greek thing, it’s not specifically a K-state thing, it’s the way K-state reaches out to the community,” Castinado said.

These homecoming events lead up to K-State’s game against Oklahoma State this Saturday at 11 a.m.