Two girls painting pumpkins during the 2011 Safe Trick or Treatby Patrick Giblin

Safe Trick or Treat is University of the Pacific's largest community outreach event and typically attracts thousands of area residents to campus for a night of trick-or-treats. Tours are offered of the campus where small children can get candy from students, faculty and staff. The tours end at a Halloween carnival where games and activities are offered.

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Community Engagement

Safe Trick or Treat Promises Sweet Treats for Thousands of Stockton Children

The Oct. 24 Event Offers a Traditional Halloween Experience in a Safe Environment
by Lily PenfoldOct 11, 2012

Children dressed as witches, mummies, spiders, pumpkins, vampires and many other characters will haunt their way through University of the Pacific during the 14th annual Safe Trick or Treat. Safe Trick or Treat is Pacific's largest community engagement event featuring guided tours and a Halloween carnival.

This year's event will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24. The tours depart every 10 minutes and will continue until 7 p.m. Following the tours, attendees arrive at a carnival filled with games and entertainment, which is open until 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Through volunteer efforts, Pacific's Division of Housing and Greek Life, Residential Hall Association External Relations and ASUOP organize the event. Pacific's many student clubs and organizations host the Halloween Carnival that is part of the overall event. Safe Trick or Treat initially began in 1999 with the Price Werner Farley Residence Hall hosted a small Halloween event for the student housing area known as the Quads. Today, an estimated 4,000 children and adults participate in the campus-wide tradition.

"Every year this event is an overwhelming success due to the dedication and partnerships of the Pacific community, said Jennifer Low interim coordinator for housing administrative operations. "Safe Trick or Treat offers entertainment for all ages and unites the Pacific and Stockton communities. The event is truly a night of holiday celebration."

The guided tours begin at the Atchley Clock Tower on the south side of the Stockton campus and end at the carnival held at Don and Karen DeRosa University Center lawn.

Leading up to the event, Pacific's Community Service Committee diligently collects costumes and costume accessories for underprivileged youth. The costumes are donated to children at the Transitional Learning Center, Haven of Peace, The Gospel Rescue Mission. For information about donating a costume call Denia Andersen at 209.946.2365 or Kaye Mooney at 209.946.7486.

The event planning committee is looking for Pacific residence halls, apartments, and houses to serve as stops along the tour routes. In addition to tour stops, volunteer positions such as setup crew, cleanup crew, tour guides and floaters are available.

For more information or to sign up as a tour stop or volunteer, please contact Jennifer Low at For more information about the event visit,