Magic was in the air on October 28, as approximately 100 children from local schools and shelters visited Marymount to enjoy HalloweenFest, the University’s annual trick-or-treat extravaganza. Sponsored by Marymount’s Campus Ministry Association, HalloweenFest is a campus-wide event now in its 16th year, and the entire Marymount community pitches in.
Arriving on campus, the children were greeted by Dr. Seuss characters like the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch who Stole Christmas. They went trick-or treating through creatively decorated residence halls, visiting Sponge Bob’s realm and the land of the Na’vi. Games, crafts and a pizza dinner followed.
Lauren Cranman is director of Programs at the Greenbrier Learning Center. She has been bringing children to Marymount’s HalloweenFest for years. “It gives kids a safe place to go and celebrate,” she explains. “They look forward to it every year, asking “Are we going to Marymount?” Cranman adds, “Marymount is an amazing partner. Marymount students also work with Greenbrier children throughout the year in the after-school program, providing one-on-one support with homework.”
Marymount sophomore Claire Morrison, a Nursing major, is the student campus minister and helped plan HalloweenFest. She says, “It’s fabulous to see the children’s faces light up! We have fun dressing up and interacting with the kids, and it’s a wonderful feeling to give back to the community that supports us.”
PHOTO 1 - MU freshman Jennifer Forbes (left in Na’vi disguise), a Sociology major, and senior Molly Hayes, an Interior Design major, enjoy passing out treats to their young visitors from the Greenbrier Learning Center.
PHOTO 2 - Dr. Seuss characters welcomed children to campus: (left to right) Tim Judge, assistant director of Campus Ministry; Father David Sharland, Y.A., director of Campus Ministry; and freshman Wesley Nwosu, a Graphic Design major
PHOTO 3 - MU juniors Rainier Heredia, a Nursing major, and Olivia Fedor, a Criminal Justice-Forensic Science major (center back), set off to trick-or-treat with children.
PHOTO 4 - MU sophomores (left to right) Marco Lepe, a Criminal Justice major; Ana Funes, a Biology major, and Pauline Hoange, also a Biology major, provide a skeleton-coloring craft for fifth graders (front to back) Danielle Welch and Lara Riyad, and second grader Matthew DeSenti.