Students offer a safe trick-or-treating alternative
By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT
College students and young children shared the same definition of fun Tuesday night at the annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event.
Fort Hays State University's Residence Hall Association hosted parents and their preschool and grade-school children at the Halloween program in McMindes Hall. The six floors of the dormitory featured a table for decorating candy bags, a station with toilet paper to wrap kids as mummies, a mad scientist lab and a haunted obstacle course.
Stephanie Stauffer, an FHSU graduate assistant and RHA adviser, said the event builds a connection between the community and the college. It also introduces the idea of college to the little children, Stauffer said.
"I think this is a great opportunity for community kids to see you can have fun in college, and they get acquainted to the college environment," she said.
Michael Gallagher, a senior and RHA vice president of programming, said residents from other dorms came out to welcome the trick-or-treating families. The experience also allows the students to learn about the city that surrounds them, he said.
"It's another way for college students to mingle with the community, because not all of the students here are from this community. So it's a good way for them to see what the community is like," Gallagher said.
Katelyn Peacock brought her 1-year-old son, Jordan, to the event. Peacock said she enjoyed the program, but the event spooked her son.
"It's his first year seeing Halloween costumes, so he's a little freaked out," Peacock said.