The 18th Annual Victoria College Halloween Carnival is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Victoria College Student Center, 2200 E. Red River St. The annual carnival is organized by the Victoria College Student Activities Office. It is free and open to the public.

Individual booths are run by various student organizations as fundraisers for their clubs. Visitors will buy tickets when they enter the carnival to redeem at the various booths for games and food. Families are encouraged to attend and bring their children in costume to participate in the costume contests for various age groups. The costume contests will include these age groups: infant to 2 years, 3 to 4 years, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years and 10 and up. Categories include most scary, most original and the cutest costume. The contests will be judged by VC faculty and staff, and winners will receive trophies.

"Back by popular demand, VC's Student Government Association is partnering with PTK to feature a truly spectacular haunted house - a Halloween Carnival tradition," Elaine Everett-Hensley, director of student activities and the VC Student Center, told the Victoria Advocate.

SCOPE, the student organization affiliated with VC's Respiratory Care Program, will offer a train ride for children. Carnival attendees will also have a wide selection of food and games throughout the evening.

In the case of rain or bad weather, all of the activities will be moved inside.

For more information, contact Darin Kazmir, VC director of marketing and communications, at 361-582-2417.