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Parents, Children Rave About Village Trick-or-Treat Night

Village resident Zachary E. Litchert won the door-decorating contest.  Village Resident Assistants Larissa D. Kryder, left, and Kaitlyn M. Charmbury, dressed for the occasion.At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, all children of Penn College faculty, staff and students were invited to trick-or-treat through the Village Apartments.

From cats, skunks and cows … to ketchup and evil Power Rangers … to witches and fairy princesses, children and residents showed their Halloween spirit. Children were “let loose” throughout the complex to ring residents’ doorbells and trick-or-treat, receiving candy provided by the college and pencils/glow sticks provided by students in the residence halls.

Door-decorating, pumpkin-carving and costume contests were held throughout the night. Village Resident Assistant Anthony R. Grubbs showed his creative side, inventing a way to let the kids have fun catching toy rats in mousetraps. They loved it! The turnout was great: Approximately 45 children, 70 adults and 50 residents attended or helped with the event.

The feedback received from parents was great, and many say they would like to see the event happen again in years to come. One mother, also a Penn College student, said, “This is the first time my girls have ever been trick-or-treating, and I actually felt safe bringing them to the college to do so.” The residentsbelieve itwas a great way to have fun, decorate their apartments and dress up for Halloween, while helping the college community.

Children play Halloween games with RA Anthony R. Grubbs near artwork created by Village resident Michael Tatangelo.  Village RA Larissa D. Kryder headed this event with the help of her mother, Janet, secretary to the college’s dean of industrial and engineering technologies, and the Village RA Team. RAs Kaitlyn M. Charmbury and Grubbs showed their willingness to help others as they stepped up to help make this event successful.

Food preparations began at 11:30 a.m. and ended about 6 p.m. A big “thank you” goes out to residents Brandon L. DeHaas, Kevin S. McKeever and Kelsie L. Witmer, who spent almost the entire day helping Larissa Kryder prepare food for the event.

'Brain punch' among the treats served to tricksters. Photos provided by Larissa D. Kryder

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