Why We Host Safe Trick Or Treat
This year, University of the Pacific hosted its 15th annual Safe Trick or Treat. It is the second largest annual event on Pacific’s campus, with nearly 8,000 kids, parents and students in attendance. The campus was fully decked in Halloween decorations, where kids could walk safely from building to building to collect candy and participate in a variety of activities.
The event is an excellent opportunity for both children and students. For children, the university campus provides a relatively secure place for them to parade around in costumes and receive candy. Parents often fear for the safety of their children, especially on Halloween. The well-lit campus was more populous than residential streets of Stockton on Halloween night, and between the student tour guides, parents, university staff and public safety officers, the trick-or-treaters are better supervised too.
For students, this event serves as great exposure to the Stockton community. It is nice to have a good dose of young-spirited frivolity every so often while living away from home. As a college student with his or her days of trick-or-treating long past, I find it rejuvenating to see a new generation of children excited about dressing up and eating too much sugar.
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