DALLAS TWP. – Taking the trick out but keeping the treat of the Halloween spirit, Misericordia University invited families to enjoy safe Halloween fun on campus Sunday.
Ghouls, mobsters, super heroes and princesses roamed the campus from 3 to 5 p.m. Resident students were prepared to appease them with trick or treating in McHale, Alumnae and Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan resident halls.
A Halloween fair was held on the first floor in the Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall giving children an opportunity to fish for candy out of a giant monster mouth, play some games with the students while Disney’s Monster Inc. played on a big screen.
The safety aspect of the event was key to many parents, while the children enjoyed getting a head start on candy collecting.
“I love it,” said Lisa Sciandra of Dallas. “You are not walking at night, not approaching strangers’ houses, and the students are all very nice.” Sciandra said it was the first time her family participated in the Halloween event.
“The campus is really nice,” she said.
Kelly and Scott Watkins of the Back Mountain, who brought their four children, Maddock, 8, Sadie, 6, Calder, 4, and Maeve, 2, agreed. “It is very safe,” said Scott. “The security guard is keeping a close eye on everyone.”
Kelly said the students have their dorm room doors decorated and some are wearing costumes.
“They have been very welcoming,” she said.
Misericordia junior Johnna Miller of Wapwallopen was handing out candy in the lobby of Gildea Hall and was admiring the costumes.
“I love this,” she said. “I did not get to do this when I was little. We lived in a rural area.”
Estimating, Miller said she handed out candy to a couple hundred children.
Dressed as rain, Vegan O’Donnell, 8, of Dallas, was heading into her second building with her parents, Jennifer and Brian, and siblings, Sid, 6, and Lilly, 1 ½. Summing up her progress, Vegan said she has lots of candy.
Jennifer O’Connell said they have been coming to the event for about five years.
“It is safe and friendly,” she said. “The students have been very friendly.”
In the Alumnae Hall, Jackie Cormier of Maywood, N.J., Stephanie Dougherty and Victoria Bast, of Bethlehem, handed out the last piece of candy from their nine bags. They said they had 300 children visit.
“I love this,” Dougherty said.
Cormier said it was a great stress reliever to see the children and their costumes.
“My favorite was the Minion or the boy dressed up as a shark,” she said.