The grounds of Victoria College's Student Center will be transformed into a haunted haven for spooky specters from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday when VC hosts its 20th annual Halloween Carnival. Organized by VC's Student Activities Office, the annual event is open to the public. Individual game and refreshment booths are run by various student organizations as fundraisers for their clubs. Visitors can buy tickets when they enter the carnival to be redeemed at the various booths for games and food.

Families are encouraged to attend the event and bring their children in costume to participate in the free costume contests for various age groups. There will be a trophy given for each of the following categories in each age group: most scary, most adorable and most original. Registration for the Costume Contest will begin at 5 p.m., and judging will begin at 6:15 p.m. for contestants infant to 3-years-old and 7- to 10-years-old. Judging for contestants 4- to 6-years-old and 11-years-old and older will take place at 6:45 p.m.

Inside the Student Center, a spooky haunted house will be hosted by VC's Student Government Association and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Carnival attendees will have a wide selection of food, fun and games throughout the evening. There will also be face painting, a fortune teller, a bake sale and a movie basket raffle. Refreshments available for purchase are rice crispy treats, snow cones, hot dogs, chips and salsa, hot chocolate, pickles, chili cheese nachos, soft drinks, zombie cookies, pizza, cotton candy, candy apples and baked goods.

For more information, contact Elaine Everett-Hensley at 361-572-6440 or