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‘Optimus Klein’ and other costumes at Aggieville event

By Bryan Richardson

Sometimes the best costumes are traditional with a twist.

For example, Emily Augustine, 14, had a combination of Clark Kent and Superman to create dorky Superman, complete with the Superman logo on her shirt, suspenders and glasses with tape in the middle. “I just like being nerdy,” she said. “It just came to me.”

Her brother, Cameron Augustine, 12, also had a twist while dressing up as K-State quarterback Collin Klein, Manhattan’s favorite superhero.

Add one part K-State football uniform and one part Optimus Prime mask and you’ve got Klein’s nickname. “I decided to be awesome and be Optimus Klein,” Cameron said.

The merger of a Halloween costume and K-State love was appropriate Friday afternoon as Trick-or-Treat in Aggieville led to the homecoming parade coming down Moro Street through Aggieville.

The Augustines’ beagle, Augie, was in costume along with Emily and Cameron. Augie participated in the pet contest wearing her purple Wildcat jersey.

“It’s the only costume she wears,” said Shawn Augustine, the children’s father. “It’s probably a good thing. Everything else she rips it off.”

Augustine and other parents mentioned enjoying the family time as a highlight of the event, but the best parts differed a bit for the children.

Cameron said his favorite part was “getting to come out and celebrate K-State Halloween. And candy.”

Of course it was the candy. It was free and available at many of the Aggieville businesses. That and the chance to dress as their favorite animal, superhero or professional made it a nice day for the kiddos.

What good things did the adults get? It might not have been candy, but pizza from Doughboy’s got the job done for Rick Jackson. Jackson and Brandi Ewert attended the festivities with their children, Brandon Ewert, 7, and Bryson Jackson, 5.

“I just enjoy taking the kids out and seeing them have fun,” Ewert said. For the afternoon, Brandon was a ninja and Bryson was Batman.

For the game Saturday, Jackson planned to take them to his mother’s house. “We like to get together as a family and watch the game and support K-State,” he said.

In addition to candy and the homecoming parade, a highlight for some of the children was the transformation of the Dusty Bookshelf into the Haunted Bookshelf.

Jean Armstrong came all the way from Liverpool, England, just to end up waiting on her granddaughters, twins Emma and Megan Long, 8, to go through the haunted house.

Fun fact: Megan is 20 minutes older but technically born a day before Emma because the births took place on either side of midnight, so the twins have different birthdays.

Armstrong, whose daughter is married to an American working at K-State, said she likes what she has seen from Manhattan during her visits. “It seems like a safe place to raise children,” she said.

Armstrong noted that Halloween is different in England, where the costumes tend to be more traditional witches, ghosts and goblins. “Here, they can be anything,” she said.

Megan and Emma, who both read every night, chose to be characters from one of Megan’s books. “It was Emma’s idea,” Megan said.

Megan was the red fairy and Emma was Jack Frost. “She was going to be a fairy anyway,” Emma said. “I decided to be Jack Frost.”

The girls were mindful of both their grandmother and the instructions from their mother before leaving for Aggieville.

“My mom said if we were going to go we should go to the Dusty Bookshelf,” Emma said.

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