Students, this is your warning: campus is about to be invaded by pirates, vampires, and zombies.
That’s right, Halloween Fun Night is right around the corner.
For those who are new to Saint Mary’s, this event is when local children are invited to dress in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat through some Saint Mary’s residence halls.
Nathan Wagar, director of Residence Life, said this year the children, led by the resident advisors, will trick-or-treat through Saint Edward’s Hall and Skemp Hall. He said the 2016 Halloween Fun Night brought about 750 guests to campus.
The annual event has been going on for the past 17 years, he said.
Wagar said it’s become a tradition because it’s a safe Halloween experience for kids and college students.
Gloria Kranenburg, a second-year resident advisor, said another reason it’s a tradition is because it brings Saint Mary’s students and the Winona public together.
“It’s a really excellent way to connect the community to the campus,” she said.
Wagar agreed that the celebration aids community relations. “It reminds students that they are part of the Winona community,” he said. “It gives them an opportunity to give back to their community by helping the children enjoy the holiday.”
Kranenburg said the college students also seem to enjoy the event. “One of the best parts was seeing some of the college students dressed up and excited about Halloween because now that you’re older it’s not really socially acceptable to go trick-or-treating, but you can still be involved in that childhood tradition in a different way,” she said.
Wagar said one of the best parts for him is seeing the college students light up as the kids come to their doors.
In addition to the students who hand out candy, he said several student clubs and organizations have helped out with past Halloween Fun Nights, but there’s always room for more.
“We’re always looking for more ways to bring the campus together,” he said.
This year, Wagar said Saint Mary’s will offer face painting, games, and prizes in addition to the trick-or-treating.
Students not in St. Edward’s Hall or Skemp Hall are encouraged to help out with those activities which will take place in the Hall of Fame room, the area in front of Saint Mary’s gymnasium, he said.
Halloween Fun Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 30.