Halloween might only happen one day a year, but the Drew community makes sure festivities begin well before the 31st. Spanning across October’s final week, costumed students paraded around campus and participated in a variety of festivities, both school- and non-school-sponsored. The most ambitious of these was Student Government’s campus-wide trick-or-treat event, which ran for five hours on Monday, Oct. 30.
The campus-wide trick-or-treat, an effort founded on the desire to encourage students to connect with faculty, boasted the participation of nearly 50 departments. Spread from the Ehinger Center to as far as the Tilghman House, these departments eagerly opened their doors to any students looking for a sweet treat, of which they received plenty. Some standouts were Sycamore Cottage offering ramen cups in exchange for a survey on career development, Gilbert House handing out mini cupcakes and the President’s Suite in Mead Hall giving out light-up Halloween rings.
The real treat, however, was the opportunity to engage with and educate students on the role of each department. The promise of candy led many students to wander to previously unknown campus locations, allowing genuine interaction between students and faculty in a non-classroom context. This was amplified by the diversity of activities required to receive candy; some departments had students fill out surveys or search up their section on the Drew website; others had students physically knock on doors and announce “trick or treat!”
Candy trials aside, obtaining the actual goods was not a difficult task. This was purposeful: the trick-or-treat was intended to allow students to roam without constriction. Had the event run shorter—or perhaps not from afternoon to evening—students would have had less flexibility to get from location to location in between class blocks.
Event organizer and Student Government Vice President Jocelyn Freeman (‘25) said the idea was inspired by a similar event at TCNJ. “I think that letting college students connect with their inner child is an important thing that we don’t get to do a lot,” she said. “Especially around this time of year. We’re focusing on finals…and we’re unable to do things that bring us joy.”
Despite the connotations of trick-or-treating being a child-only activity, the Drew community proved this October that it is anything but. After all, there is no age limit for enjoying free candy. Here is to hoping the campus-wide event becomes a staple in Drew’s long history of Halloween-related festivities.
Annabelle Smith is a sophomore double-majoring in studio art and media and communications.
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