Event to gather costumes for kids


Rose Stierna

There’s a chill in the air. The vibrant leaves are becoming a fiery mosaic. Coffee shops won’t stop advertising everything pumpkin spice. October is definitely in full swing, and there’s something on everyone’s mind: Halloween. The night of ghosts and ghouls is coming up, and with it, trick-or-treating. Yet, not every kid will have the privilege this season. Many foster children and adoption associations aren’t able to afford the luxury of costumes.

However, this month, local organizations are working together to make Halloween dreams achievable. NMU’s costume club Cosplayers Unite! along with Queers & Allies are working with Teaching Family Homes and Marquette Foster Closet to hold a charity fundraiser event dressed as a fashion show called “Costumes for a Cause” in the Explorer Rooms of the University Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 21.

“Halloween should be a time full of fun and good memories for kids, and our hope is that [through this fundraiser] more kids will be able to share that experience,” said junior sociology and psychology double major Em Shirilla, president of Cosplayers Unite!

Attendees can donate costumes or money that will go to foster children in the Marquette area between the ages of 7 and 16.

Members from the student organizations will be modeling and performing in costume. Other attendees can also dress up and there will be a costume contest with prizes at the end.

The cosplay club had been trying to get more involved in volunteering with the community since last year, and “Costumes for a Cause” is a result of that endeavor.