This has been done a bunch of times around campus and is a great idea! It works for us because we are in an urban setting. We invite children from a homeless shelter, or other organization, to Trick-or-Treat in the building. Residents sign up in advance and have candy ready for the children who, guided by Res. Life staff, are escorted throughout the building. knocking on doors. Residents should be told in advance how many children are expected so that they may buy the appropriate amount of candy.
Residents, and of course the children, are encouraged to dress up.
You need people who are willing to escort the children throughout the building. You need a building that can accommodate this type of acctivity. If your school has houses this could also work. Other Considerations: We chose children from a homeless shelter because we wanted to offer this opportunity to a group that otherwise would not have been able to go Trick-or-Treating. This could also be done with children from a dangerous neighbothood, for the same affect. It is also a wonderful gesture if the group is not from an organization mentioned above. Any group of children deserves and will enjoy this program. Both the children and the residents will benefit and feel wonderful!
This program also works well in conjunction with a Halloween door decorating contest.
Name: Doris L. R
School: New York University