Halloween is a popular holiday at Full Sail University, since the school’s faculty and staff get to show off their artistic sides in the annual costume, lobby decorating, and pumpkin-carving contests.
If you happened to pop in on some of the departments in the last few days, you would have seen lobbies filled with very strange things: Angry Birds (Academic Success), Red Dead Redemption characters (Military & High School Outreach), a display of the “Horrors of Bad Design” (Digital Arts & Design), Super Mario Bros. characters (Marketing), Harry Potter and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Campus Admissions), Beetlejuice characters (Business Office), Cleopatra and ancient Egyptian tombs (Campus Financial Aid), a parallel world of the Westin Hills Psychiatric Hospital (Financial Aid Online), Harry Potter spiders (Building 5), Chucky characters (MCC), and zombies (downtown lobby).
The Best Lobby award went to Campus Financial Aid for transforming their normally placid surroundings into an underground lair of Egyptian tombs haunted by Cleopatra. This year’s armor-plated, prize-winning pumpkin, “Da Boss,” was created by the Computer Animation department and based on the game, Warhammer.
This year’s costume contest was hosted by IMT’s Adam Bellas, who played the murderous yet charming Edgar La Pointe, reminiscent of Vincent Price in a red smoking jacket. He was assisted by Faculty Recruiter Angie Duplis, La Pointe’s lovely and departed (yet still opinionated) “Mrs. La Pointe,” who haunts him from a painting. Simon McDonald from CDD played a knight in shining armor, “Sir Cumference.”
In the Best Group Costume, the judges chose the fierce-looking M&Ms from the Mail Room, while the coveted Best of Show category went to the impressive tribe of Mad Max-inspired Desert Marauders from Computer Animation.
Some other characters competing for prizes included a collection of zombies (Rockabilly Zombie, Zombie Bride, and Prom Zombie); Ace Ventura Pet Detective; Dr. Fear (a bloody zombie doctor); Doc Holiday, Morticia Adams, a Viking Warrior, three women dressed as “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” a portion of the cast from the Indiana Jones, franchise, and an alternate universe Doc Brown and Marty McFly from Back to the Future.