Emma Stoltzfus–Staff Writer
Halloween is creeping closer and closer… and so is Dordt’s annual Costume Dance. On Oct. 28, at 9pm in the Campus Center, Student Activities is inviting students to take part in a night of costumes, contests and fun.
The costume contest categories include best group costume, best individual costume and most creative costume. It has yet to be released what the contest prizes are, but previous dances have bestowed buckets of candy upon the winners.
While students can make their own costumes, those pressed for time this semester can rent from the costume shop.
Senior Aaron Radtke, who works in the student-run costume shop, estimates that the 1,500-square-foot room contains well over two thousand different costume pieces.
The offered assortment includes colonial jackets, wigs, uniforms, dresses, belts, crowns and everything in-between. Depending on the specific piece, prices range from $1 to $15 with a refundable deposit of $10 if the costume is returned within two weeks.
The collection of costumes has grown over the years through various Dordt theatre productions, the hard work of students and donations from the community.
The costume shop is located down the set of stairs next to the theatre pod. According to the Dordt website, it will continue to be open this fall semester at 2-5pm on Mondays and Thursdays, and 2-4:30pm on Fridays until Dec. 15.
Groups of six students or more must make an appointment with the shop.
Whether the costumes are made by the students themselves or rented from the shop, expectations are high for creativity and fun at the Costume Dance.
Derek Buteyn—Director of Residence Life—said his favorite costume last year was one done of Bob Ross from the PBS show The Joy of Painting.
“[This year’s Dance,] I think it will be a really great time,” Buteyn said. “We’re looking forward to what students come up with costume-wise.”