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HalloweenFest - A Treat for All

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Arlington, Virginia -- HalloweenFest 2012 saw Miss Piggy, Kermit, and the rest of the Muppet crew welcoming over 300 children from local schools, after-school programs, and shelters to Marymount University on October 26. Across campus, there were spottings of Buzz Lightyear, Thomas the Tank Engine, and countless Disney princesses, all enjoying an afternoon of games and crafts in the student center and trick-or-treating through decorated residence halls.

Sponsored by Marymount’s Campus Ministry Association, the event is a campus-wide volunteer effort that is fun for everyone involved. This year, 36 student clubs took part in the festivities, and the resident students outdid themselves in decorating the halls with themes that included the Lion King, Candy Land, and a “Welcome Aboard “airline cabin dreamed up by MU’s Global Thinkers Community. However, a cursory and definitely non-scientific poll of trick-or-treaters confirmed that the Haunted House, the hair-raising creation of the men of Berg Hall, second floor, proved to be the popular favorite, even though it was “scary!”   

HalloweenFest is a way for Marymount to give back to the wider community. MU senior Noah McGrath noted, “I’ve been involved with this event all four years, and I think it’s great that Marymount is helping these children have a full Halloween experience in a safe environment.”

Alishiya Kapoor, also a senior, added, “HalloweenFest builds Marymount’s connection to the community by highlighting the University’s emphasis on service, which is part of our Common Ground theme. It brings all of MU together to serve others."

For more photos, see the HalloweenFest Flickr collection.