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Marymount University Treats Area Children to a Bewitching HalloweenFest

Monday, November 01, 2010
Magic was in the air on October 29, as nearly 300 children from local schools and shelters visited Marymount to enjoy HalloweenFest, the University’s annual trick-or-treat extravaganza. Arriving on campus, the children were greeted by muggles, wizards, and even Harry Potter himself before they ventured forth to visit decorated residence halls.

The trick-or-treaters visited Barbie’s Dream House and OZ-tapenko Hall (the University’s new residence building, actually named Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Hall), which they reached by following a “yellow brick road” (on less enchanted days, the new pedestrian bridge over Yorktown Boulevard).

For those who were feeling extra brave – which mostly included the older children – a visit to the Haunted Hall provided a frightfully good time. The second floor of Berg Hall, normally home to mild-mannered MU men, was transformed into a dark tunnel, eerily illuminated by strobe lights and made even scarier by hair-raising screams. Various monsters, skeletons, and Freddie Krueger wannabes burst forth on their unsuspecting audience, chanting warnings like “Children, do your homework!” The hall proved so successful that Marymount students lined up to tour it after the young trick-or-treaters had retreated to the University’s Lee Center for games and pizza.

Sponsored by the Campus Ministry Association, HalloweenFest has grown into a campus-wide event with the entire Marymount community pitching in. This year, the effort involved collecting more than 20,000 pieces of donated candy, staying up late the night before HalloweenFest to decorate the residence halls, and providing lots of creative games and crafts for the post-trick-or-treat fun in the Lee Center.

Father David Sharland, Y.A., director of Campus Ministry says, “This year was tremendous. It was the largest number of children we’ve had to date and the MU participation was huge, with almost 200 of our students helping out. Everyone involved had a great time.”

The celebration was made even more special by the presence of Mike Filamor, a former assistant director of Campus Ministry at Marymount. In 1996, Filamor and then-director of Campus Ministry Father Peter Nassetta, Y.A., originated HalloweenFest. Marveling at the scope of this year’s festivities, Filamor said, “This is overwhelming to see, especially since it’s the 15th Annual HalloweenFest. When we started, we had about 30 trick-or-treatersand four dorm halls participating. Now, it’s the whole campus, with most of the campus clubs and athletic teams joining in. I’m very proud of Marymount’s students. This has grown into an amazing community event.”

Photo 1: Marymount’s Campus Ministry wizards planned a spellbinding HalloweenFest. Photo by sophomore Rainier Heredia, a Nursing major

Photo 2: Marymount senior Vicki Motsay, a Graphic Design major, leads a group of children on their trick-or-treating rounds. Photo by sophomore Rainier Heredia, a Nursing major

Photo 3: Marymount senior Matt Scheve, a Health Sciences major, helps out with cookie decorating. Photo by sophomore Walter Bottlick, who has a double major in History and English

Photo 4: Bernie is a hit with Marymount’s young visitors. Photo by sophomore Walter Bottlick, who has a double major in History and English

Photo 5: One lucky trick-or-treater gets a helping hand at carving pumpkins from sophomore Emma Wallace, a Biology major. Photo by sophomore Rainier Heredia, a Nursing major