Written by Mayla Lohnes
Thank you to everyone who attended the Halloween Mixer last week! There were some great costumes. And if you didn’t attend, well there’s always next year.
This year the Halloween Mixer was held at the Grasslands Meat Market, in the GardenWalk District, located in Anaheim.
I dressed up as a cat, in a black velvet dress and black booties. I threw a little makeup on – whiskers on each side of my face – and was ready to go. My roommate, Taylor Magill, another member of PRSSA, came dressed up as a witch. She couldn’t get enough of the event:
“I met so many great people and was able to network and give out my number to a few members. I’ll definitely be back next year.”
Taylor loved being able to dress up and see other creative costumes. Being a transfer student, she was most excited for reaching out and meeting new people.
“I had a great time. I even got my fortune read, and it led to some insight into what the near future may bring.”
As a transfer student myself, I thought what better way to get involved and meet other PR members than by going to the mixer.
When we arrived outside the event, we were welcomed by a group of friendly, smiling faces on the board.
“Hello! Welcome to the Halloween mixer.”
Any fears I had about going to an event in which I knew no one went out the window. The people greeting us made me feel at ease.
We got our picture taken in front of a panel that said: “PRSSA”, and were handed a couple blue tickets.
“What is this?”
“Your free drink ticket!”
Food was provided by the restaurant, with delicious helpings of pork sliders, salad, and baked mac and cheese.
We even had a POP bar filled with popsicles, sponsored by the Global Results Communications, to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
And yes, I eventually made my way over to the makeshift bar area, and used my free drink ticket on a refreshing margarita.
Inside, everything looked spooktacular. Halloween music played in the background, people danced to the beat, and others sat around and mingled with new and familiar faces.
I used the opportunity to network and meet new people. We ended up talking with someone who was working on his confidence-building skills to use at the job he just got offered. He was practicing his confidence, by talking to us.
If dancing isn’t your thing, there was also a fortune teller in the corner of the room. It definitely added to the ultra-spooky vibes, as he told you what your future held, based on the cards you picked.
I got my fortune read. End result? I have strong beliefs that I stick by, but something may be in my way that’s holding me back. However, rest assured, I will get through it and come out stronger on the other end. Not a bad fortune, if I must say.
Oh! And there were plenty of opportunities to win prizes: costume contests, mummy wraps, and raffles with some of the prizes being an Urban Decay palette, gift card to GardenWalk restaurants, Vans gift card and more.
Overall, I had a great experience at the mixer. Great job to the PRSSA team for helping put this together. To everyone who couldn’t make it this year, please try to make it out next year. I promise you won’t regret it!