Making Halloween a Treat – No Trick

University hosts local children in holiday festivities

Friday, October 12, 2007

PHILADELPHIA (October 12, 2007) ­— Halloween is a time for dressing up like a favorite comic book character or movie star. But for Saint Joseph's University students, no costumes will be necessary to act as heroes for approximately 400 elementary school students this month, when University will host a series of holiday events to ensure a safe Halloween experience.

Sponsored by the offices of Residence Life and Campus Ministry, the festivities will take place on October 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in a number of University residence halls. "Boo Crews," made up of students living in the halls, will hand out candy and coordinate a variety of Halloween activities for the visiting trick-or-treaters in La Farge Residence Center, McShain Hall, and Merion Gardens Apartments. The students will also turn St. Mary's Hall into a haunted house.

The elementary school students will visit from Methodist Services, Bluford, and Samuel Gompers Elementary Schools in West Philadelphia and the Gesu School in North Philadelphia. In the past, the program has included students from the Holy Name School in Camden.

"The annual Halloween community outreach is a great event for both Saint Joseph's University and our neighbors," said Beth Ford from the Office of Campus Ministry.  "Elementary school children remind SJU students how to have Halloween fun. Through this event, we also raise awareness about the effects of violence in our city, as many of these children cannot trick or treat in their own neighborhoods."

Media Contact

 Jeffrey Martin, Assistant Director of University Communications, 610-660-3223,

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