Sorority row hosts inaugural Trick-or-Treat event
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:10
Halloween is finally here, which means the time has come for little ghouls and goblins to don their best costumes and venture out in search of candy. This year, a new option is available for families on the lookout for festive fun.
The first annual ‘Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks’ is scheduled from 4-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. This family-friendly event will be held on the lawns of sorority row, in front of the five newly built houses.
A check-in table located next to the Kay’s House will provide free trick-or-treat bags and refreshments courtesy of Greek Life and Non-Traditional Student Services. Apple cider and cookies will also be available at this table for anyone who wishes to satisfy their sweet tooth.
As a form of community outreach, Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Interfraternity Council are joining forces with Non-Traditional Student Services to provide a family-friendly event for kids of all ages.
Each Panhellenic sorority will be partnered with a National Panhellenic sorority and a fraternity, offering a variety of carnival games and free candy at each house.
Alexis Hurdle, assistant dean of Students for Greek Life, said games like go fish and pick-up-ducks will be featured alongside other fun attractions like face-painting and a cake walk to keep the kids entertained.
Hurdle played a large role in bringing the event about.
“We started having conversations about doing something like this a year ago. It seemed like a great way to bring together these groups and a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community,” Hurdle said.
She collaborated with Niya Blair, director of the Multicultural Center and Non-Traditional Student Services, to facilitate a family-oriented event.
“Not all of them, but a great deal of our non-traditional students have children. We want to not only connect our non-traditional students to campus, but their families as well. Partnering with Greek Life to do ‘Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks’ is a way to bring that experience about,” Blair said.
A good turnout is anticipated from students and faculty.
“We’ve been publicizing the event in the Daily Digest as well as by word of mouth. We have flyers up and all the non-trad students also received emails about it. I think it’s going to be great,” Blair said.
Lambda Chi Alpha’s Ritualist Peter Hasik, a junior wildlife ecology major of Tuscaloosa, Ala., said he is excited to be a part of ‘Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks.’
“It’s cool because the sorority houses are new, so this is a neat way to showcase them while also connecting to the community,” Hasik said. “It will be fun to see what trick-or-treating is like from the other side.”
Zeta Tau Alpha President Karinda Brown, a junior exercise science major of Greenwood, shares Hasik’s sentiment.
“The whole Greek community is uniting to put together a safe, fall festival type thing where families can walk around, get candy, and have lots of fun. We’ll all be dressing up in family-friendly costumes and we hope to see lots of kids get excited about what we’re doing,” Brown said.
Severe storms in the forecast do not bode well for ‘Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks,’ although Hurdle remains optimistic.
“We just hope the weather holds out so we don’t have to make the decision to cancel,” she said.