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CHARLESTON – Eastern Illinois men’s and women’s basketball teams plan to help kick off the hoops season at this year’s Blue Madness on Oct. 30 in Lantz Arena.

For the third straight year the event is to coincide with Halloween and area children are invited to wear their costumes and come trick or treat as part of the evening.

Doors for trick or treating are to open at 6 p.m. with candy and games available.

Admission is free.

The introduction of the EIU men’s and women’s basketball teams is to take place at 6:45 p.m. with a dunk contest, shooting contest, costume contest and several other games for fans to take part in as part of the scheduled evening.

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At the end of the event fans can get autographs from the members of this year’s Panther basketball teams.

The EIU men are to open the season on Nov. 10 with an exhibition game against Saint Francis at 7 p.m. The regular season opener is Nov. 14 at Missouri State with the home opener against Eureka College at 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

The EIU women are to open the season at home at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 against UMKC in Lantz Arena

Season tickets and special ticket packages are now available through the EIU ticket office at 217-581-2106 or online at www.eiupanthertickets.com.

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