Humber’s Student Federation is hosting a Halloween party this Thursday, Oct. 31, at Humber’s North Campus Linx Pub.
The party is free and there are three $250 prizes up for grabs for best couples’ costume and the best singles’ costume.
HSF’s Vice President of Student Life of Humber Lakeshore, Colin Edwards-Crewe, says that HSF will select the ten best Halloween costumes and the crowd will decide who first prize is.
But be careful when selecting a costume for the event, especially when deciding to wear face paint and contacts: New reports from the American Food and Drug Administration are warning of some dangerous side effects.
An environmental group, Sierra Club Canada released recent studies warning that face paints may contain heavy metals and other toxins that can cause damage to the nervous system or delay development of the brain over time.
The FDA released a new advisory regarding decorative contact lenses, which are often acquired at party stores and are not fitted to your eye. These lenses can cause scratches, infection, itchiness, redness, decreased vision, and sometimes blindness.
Recent Halloween party-goer Andre Thomas wore both to his Halloween party and was left unscathed. “It’s fine. No itchiness or redness, other than the colour from the paint,” Thomas says. Some may not be as lucky.
Edwards-Crewe says the event is for the people and is not for profit. The event is funded by the student activity fee in student’s tuitions.
When asked why students should come, Edwards-Crewe says, “I always say, ‘you shouldn’t come. But, I mean, don’t complain to me when you hear about how sick it was.”
In addition to DJ Sam Louis, HSF is planning to have a Daft Punk tribute band and expects this to be one of the biggest parties of the year with 500-800 people in attendance.