On October 31, Residence Hall Association (RHA) spearheaded a safe trick-or-treat event at the University of St. Francis (USF) despite the snow. The event has been deemed other names such as “Spooky Saints” or “Trunk-or-Treat.” Children and their families were invited to come dressed up in their favorite costumes and enjoy Halloween. This year, the event fortunately took place inside the Abbey, a lounge area within Marian Hall, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
RHA collaborated with other clubs to make sure those in the Joliet community had plenty of variety for their trick-or-treating experience. Some clubs that participated included but were not limited to: Unidos Vamos a Alcanzar (UVA), Student Government Association (SGA), Philosophy Club, Black Student Association (BSA) and Alpha Psi Lambda.
The indoor event attracted more than 300 people and each club that was involved had their own tables that included candy, games and prizes for everyone. From skeleton toys to Starbursts, there was fun had by all. USF senior Amber James says, “I obviously can’t speak for all of the kids in the Joliet community, but I can’t even imagine how thrilled they were to be able to still get in some Halloween fun. Sometimes Joliet can get a bad reputation, but this event proved that there are so many little gems of goodness at USF that impact people far beyond campus. I don’t really know what would be better than a safe, fun and indoor trick-or-treating event on Halloween.”
Being President of RHA, I can honestly say it was great to see everything come together and see how many people were willing to participate and have fun with us. On behalf of RHA and the other clubs that were involved, thank you to everyone who supported the USF clubs and for allowing us to provide a safe and warm option for Halloween!