Safe Trick or Treat 2010Randall Gee

    Last year, more than 4,000 members of the community visited the Stockton campus for Safe Trick or Treat, making it the second largest event on campus for the academic calendar year. Seen here, Powercat entertains the crowd in line at Atchley Clock Tower.

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    Halloween Inspires Community Engagement

    By Lily PenfoldOct 12, 2011

    University of the Pacific will host its 13th Annual Safe Trick or Treat, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; kicking off the holiday season with children scurrying across campus dressed in costumes such as Princesses, witches, and pumpkins. Pacific's Safe Trick or Treat is the University's largest annual community outreach event.

    The event is designed to allow 3-11 year old Stockton children a safe and comforting environment, allowing parents to enjoy a relaxing Halloween celebration.

    During the event, Pacific students, faculty, staff, and alumni will distribute candy to thousands of local school children as they are led on trick or treating tours of the campus. These tours are guided by Pacific Ambassadors, students who are educated in campus facts and novelties.

    "This is a fun filled event that keeps attendees entertained throughout the evening" said Andy Hansen of Student Affairs "It is a great way to allow the community onto the campus and see what Pacific is about."

    Following the tours, the guests arrive at their final destination, a carnival filled with games and entertainment. The carnival is the culmination of the evening, where children play pin the tail on the donkey, bean bag toss, and other traditional games. Apart from the activities, there is face painting, balloon animals and food.

    A Pacific Sorority members hands out candy to a trick or treater

    Pacific Community Shows Halloween Spirit

    In the 2010 Safe Trick or Treat, more than 4,000 visitors from the Stockton area converged on the Pacific campus to take tours, visit the Halloween Carnival and, of course, get candy. The event was organized and run by Pacific students and staff. more

    Although this event is planned around enjoyment, Safe Trick or Treat serves a greater purpose: the University accepts donations for costumes for underserved children within the Stockton area.  These contributions serve to create a community wide Halloween experience.

    Pacific's Community Service Committee works diligently throughout the Halloween season collecting costumes and costume accessories for those underprivileged youth. The costumes are intended for children within the Transitional Learning Center, Haven of Peace, The Gospel Rescue Mission, and more. This group also collects turkeys at Thanksgiving season, and coordinates schedules for staff /faculty to serve at St. Mary's Dining Hall.

    Safe Trick or Treat began around 1999, when the students of Price Werner Farley Residence Hall hosted a small safe trick or treat for students living in the residences known as the Quads. These students wanted to share a secure Halloween experience with their fellow students and their faculty's families. Since that first year, it has grown larger annually and spread to all corners of the Stockton campus.

    Today, the event is a widely celebrated success.  Safe Trick or Treat 2010 attracted more than 4,000 confirmed attendees who passed through the tour check-in area at the Atchley Clock Tower. However, there were also many who passed by the tours, taking part only in the carnival. It's estimated that actual attendance last year exceeded 5,000 participants.

    "One of the features of this event is to give children an opportunity to have a traditional Halloween," said Denia Andersen of Pacific's Community Service Committee. "The free costumes, a tour of the campus, and a carnival, are a great experience for the underprivileged youth of our community."

    Safe Trick or Treat is a hallmark of Pacific's commitment to the community. The event demonstrates the quality of the students, the passion of those who call Pacific home and Pacific's obligation to its neighbors.

    The University is currently accepting donations of new or used costumes for 3-11 year old children for under-privileged children. Donations can be dropped off at the Tower Lobby, and the March Lane Office.  Contributions are needed by Friday, October 21, 2011.  If special pick up is required, please contact Denia Andersen at 209.946.2365.

    The tours will begin at Atchley Clock Tower near Pacific's Benerd School of Education and end at the DeRosa University Center lawn, where the carnival will take place. The tours will begin at 4 p.m., occur every 10 minutes, and continue until 6:15 p.m.



    about the author

    Lily Penfold   Lily Penfold is the Media Relations Assistant at Pacific and also a graduate student in the Communication Department of the College of the Pacific.