Since last March, Haley Matsinger, a junior Psychology major, has been working with the Wellness Center to plan LollaNoBooza, a Halloween event that includes costume and mock-tail contests, a dance-off and prizes, in an effort to promote safe and responsible drinking.
The Cape May native who transferred to Stockton last year from Monmouth University attended last year’s LollaNoBooza event. “There were about 200 students and three prizes,” she recalled.
Having a background in event planning at Monmouth, where she helped to organize St. Baldrick’s Day and Homecoming, she saw great potential and an opportunity to make the event bigger and better. “This could be so much fun,” she said.
The intention of LollaNoBooza is to bring students together for a fun and non-alcoholic evening on the night before Halloween, which is one of the biggest days of the year for alcohol-related hospitalizations, she explained.
Student clubs will compete in a non-alcoholic beverage contest to see who can create the best mock-tail. Guests will compete for the scariest, funniest, most creative and overall best costume.
Members of the Stockton Student Veterans Organization (SVO) are volunteering as glitter tattoo artists.
Matsinger is a drug and alcohol peer educator at Stockton along with Danielle Valente, Steve Kelly and Ashley Andretta. “We aren’t against drinking. We promote safe drinking,” she said.
Over the summer, Matsinger worked six days a week and spent her days off visiting businesses in various South Jersey towns seeking donations, which now total $11,000, to enhance the event.
Join Together Atlantic County donated $1,000 toward the entertainment which includes a DJ, photo booth and mechanical bull. Our Place Recovery, an addiction treatment center in Florida, gave $500 toward food, which was matched by Primo’s Pizza on campus.
Among the prizes that were donated are Adventure Aquarium passes, Lucy the Elephant passes, a one-night stay at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa, a surf board, Beats by Dre headphones, and a one-year membership to the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum. Nearly 200 prizes were donated in total.
The Campus Center Event Room will be decorated in spider webs and Halloween garb, but two gigantic gargoyles crafted from wood and paper mache by Matsinger and her family are sure to be standouts. The monsters were built in the Matsinger garage over the summer. Haley’s mother, Karen, is assistant director of Counseling Services at Stockton. “There’s nothing she can’t make,” said Haley.
Her brother, Jesse Matsinger, who hopes to attend Stockton next year as a freshman, scoured their attic for props and shopped at the local dollar store for additional decorations.
Haley plans to attend LollaNoBooza as Elsa the Snow Queen from Frozen.
Tickets are free for the Thursday, October 30 event in the Campus Center Event Room, but Matsinger recommends picking them up at 6:30 p.m. to skip the line that will form when doors open at 8 p.m.