Halloween Bash grants children safe alternative

November 4, 2010

by Mary Timmons, Staff Reporter

Local elementary school students flocked to the Student Center Oct. 26 for the third annual Panhellenic Council Halloween Bash, where they enjoyed carnival-style games and won prizes. 

Katelyn Caldwell, a junior chemical engineering major, said last year more than 200 kids attended the event, which other campus organizations helped organize.

“It’s a way to bring all organizations together,” Caldwell said. “We had 28 organizations participate this year, each with a different game or activity.”

With music provided by Pi Kappa Alpha, mini witches, cowboys and superheroes bounced around the Student Center playing one game after another.

Brian Henry, a senior kinesiology major, said this is his second year to participate in the bash as a representative of Kappa Alpha Psi. 

“I came last year and got to see the kids’ faces light up,” Henry said. “It’s a safe environment, and they still get the candy they want.” 

Attendees had the chance to win candy by playing games such as the bean bag toss, balloon pop and grab a duck.

Ryan Michaud, a junior electrical engineering major, worked KLPI’s booth for the bash.

“It’s nice that kids have something to do in a safe environment away from the streets at night,” Michaud said. “It’s something for them to participate in other than trick or treating.”

Along with games, children also had the chance to temporarily dye their hair and get an airbrushed tattoo.

The Student Government Association freshmen mixed it up by letting the kids choose from a variety of different colors to spray in their hair. 

John Foster Chestnut, a freshmen finance major, said volunteer work like the Halloween bash is good for the organizations as well as the kids.

“Participating in events like this is a good way to give back to our community,” Chestnut said. 

Jason Fletcher, president of Society of Automotive Engineers, said the organization already had the materials for airbrush tattoos, and they though the bash would be a great use for them. 

“We are trying to promote SAE and this is a good way to help keep the kids out of trouble and give back to our community,” Fletcher, a junior mechanical engineering major, said. 

Holly Crowell, a senior speech pathology major, worked the Sigma Kappa hop-scotch booth.

“Panhellenic asked us to set up a booth and we love getting involved with the children our community,” Crowell said. “It’s our way to give back to our community by allowing them to bring their kids here for a safe Halloween.”

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