Halloween contest tests HGTC students’ cosmetology skills

 Tristan Gause lives in a world of mushrooms, fairies and mermaids.

No, not the kind of mushrooms that induce visions of fairies and mermaids, but fungi statues that populate the 27-year-old’s bedroom.

“I just like mystical stuff,” the cosmetology student said, adding that her bathroom is decorated in a mermaid theme. “I like mermaids, but I love fairies.”

Her passion for the magical will be on full display Friday morning during Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Halloween mannequin contest, which challenges freshmen cosmetology students to tap into their creative reservoirs and decorate the heads of mannequins for prizes. Afterward, around noon, the school will be open to the public to provide free last-minute tips on Halloween hair and makeup.