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Ghosts and goblins were in short supply at Marymount’s annual HalloweenFest held on October 25. Instead, almost 200 local children from after school programs and shelters were welcomed to a “trick-or- treat friendly” campus by the gang from Toy Story, also known as the Campus Ministry team. As the sunny day turned to dusk, there were numerous spottings of princesses, Ninjas, and plenty of action heroes – all enjoying an afternoon of trick-or-treating through decorated residence halls followed by games and crafts in the student center.
Spearheaded by Marymount’s Campus Ministry Association (CMA), the event is a campus-wide volunteer effort that is fun for everyone involved. This year, 34 student clubs took part in the festivities, and the resident students outdid themselves decorating the halls with themes that included Monster Inc.; the Enchanted Garden; and the Wizard of Oz, which featured a long yellow brick road flanked by lots of candy stops!
An established Marymount tradition, HalloweenFest is an example of Marymount’s commitment to service – a way to giving back to the community and having fun too! Father Brian Bashista, Marymount’s new chaplain (aka “Woody” for the day), enthused about the trick-or-treat extravaganza, saying, “It’s awesome to see the joy in the faces of the kids. They’re so excited! And their excitement really makes the “little kid” in each of us come out. More importantly, HalloweenFest brings the whole Marymount community together for a shared purpose of making the day a little more special for others.”
Junior Shenelle Sanoir, the student coordinator for Campus Ministry, noted that the giving goes both ways. She said, “I love it! I especially like seeing the interaction between the students and the children. We really came together for the purpose of making children happy at a fun event. I think we’ve been really successful because I’m seeing lots of happy faces.”
- Trick-or-treat is serious fun at Marymount’s HalloweenFest! Freshman “witch” Taya Riad, a business administration major, keeps a watchful eye on young visitors. PHOTO 2
- Toy Story was the theme of the day for Marymount's Campus Ministry team. l to r: Meg Dalmut (Jessie Pride), associate director; Ashton Mallon (Little Bo Peep), assistant director (Woody); and Fr. Brian BashistaPHOTO 3
- Meeting Buzz Lightyear (Eric Becker, assistant director of Campus Ministry) is a thrill for young trick-or-treaters.PHOTO 4
- The hair-raising experience of static electricity is demonstrated by sophomore Jaclyn Petersen-Berger, a biochemistry major.
PHOTO 5 – Face painting was a big hit.