By Marsha Sandman | CNA Media Team
The Concordia neighborhood loves Halloween. There are treats and tricks all over the place.
Concordia University (CU) invites families with children 12 years old and younger to its Halloween festival at the George R. White Library and Learning Center Wednesday, Oct. 31.
About 140 student volunteers will transform the library into a Halloween carnival with games, booths, crafts, book readings, a coloring corner, treats, toys and prizes.
Twelve years ago CU wanted to engage the community with an open campus while it prepares future leaders.
Faculty and local businesses are generous with their donations to make sure there is plenty for everyone. Moms and dads have not been forgotten. There will be a coffee corner in the library so you can get a little rest from your more independent kids.
From 5 to 8 p.m. assigned groups will be escorted with their parent(s) to the Halloween-decorated eastside dorms where enthusiastic costumed students will dole out the goodies.
Upon request, there will be alternative treats for trick or treaters with allergies. There’s nothing scary at this party – all is fun and funny.
Dani Deputy-Grobbel is the CU residence life and community standards division director. She talked about this event that is more than just free candy. Twelve years ago CU wanted to engage the community with an open campus while it prepares future leaders. Besides the Halloween event, students are involved in outreach with the newly rebuilt Faubion School and after school programs throughout the community.
“A community event like our Halloween-in-the-Halls is just one way the university engages with neighbors and can promote early awareness about the options of education,” Dani said. “And it provides a fun holiday experience.”
Last year between 1,300 and 1,500 people enjoyed the safe, dry, welcoming Halloween celebration.
According to Dani, CU students are aware their school is mission centered and they understand that, when children come to the college campus, they see what’s possible in their future.
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