For most collegiette’s, Halloween is a competition of who can come up with the most creative costume while showing lots of skin. But let’s not forget about when your parents had to help you get into your costume and the competition revolved around who could get the most candy in their pillow case.
Members of the Michigan State University Greek life took time out of their busy Halloween weekend to host a special event on Thursday, Oct. 27, known as Safe Halloween. Safe Halloween gave parents the opportunity to bring their children into a safe and secure environment to trick-or-treat, while interacting with members of sororities and fraternities here at MSU.
In order to ensure that Safe Halloween lived up to it’s name, M.A.C. was completely blocked off on Thursday night as the street was lined with trick-or-treaters of all ages.
And as if candy alone isn’t enough, the kids were treated to an endless amount of games and activities hosted by the sororities and fraternities. This was Sara Howard’s first Safe Halloween, but Howard, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority enjoyed her experience and the reward that comes with it, “My favorite part was playing games with all of the kids and just seeing them happy,” said Howard.
The carnival-esque event provided trick-or-treaters with plenty of entertainment to keep the night going. Outside there were games to play, blow up moon bounces to bounce on and loads of candy and snacks for all of the trick-or-treaters. In the middle of the street was a DJ booth playing all of the spookiest hits in order to set the mood for the trick-or-treaters and several of the chapters houses were transformed into haunted houses for the little ghouls and goblins to enter.
Safe Halloween not only provides a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for parents and their children, but also gives sororities and fraternities the opportunity to interact and create strong relationships while continuing to build the positive image that Greek life strives to maintain, “Sororities and fraternities are paired up and do different activities together like passing out candy, and playing games,” said Howard.
Howard’s sorority, Alpha Phi paired up with both Delta Kappa Epsilon and the FarmHouse Fraternity to host a game that gave trick-or-treaters the chance to toss candy into pumpkin pails to win prizes and candy.
Other sororities were handing out treats like fresh, hot popcorn.
With dedication and enthusiasm from the members of MSU Greek organizations, trick-or-treaters left M.A.C on Thursday night with their bags full of candy and more importantly, safe.