Students Host a Safe Trick or Treating Alternative
Students and volunteers decorate their vehicles and hand out candy during Trunk-or-Treat at ENMU outside Curry Hall.
The Chase photo: Marilyn Upchurch
The Eastern New Mexico University Forensic Society sponsored a “Trunk-or-Treat” on Halloween night for the community to attend. Other university clubs volunteered their time to help with this event and give kids in the community a fun and safe Halloween. Students decorated their vehicles with spooky decorations and designed games for kids to play, in addition to handing out candy.
Blake Ahrens, a member of the Forensic Society at ENMU, said that it took about three weeks to coordinate the event, which included contacting the Department of Public Safety. The department sent out emails stating that the parking lot the event was to be held in would be closed off for the safety of the trick-or-treaters. Ahrens said the Forensic Society made posters that were placed around the school and many organizations contacted them to help out. “It was a great turnout,” said Ahrens. “I think Trunk-or-Treat is starting to pick up a little more. I feel like it’s built over my time I’ve been here.” Ahrens has been a student at ENMU for four years and stated that the Trunk-or-Treat seemed larger this year than in years past. “I think it’s a safe space for kids, because they know college students are a friendly face and Eastern is just a part of the community.” He said that it’s another way to give back to the community and interact with the kids more. “We have fun playing little games with them,” he said.
Enrique Martinez volunteered for the event with the Justice League student organization. “I think this event is important for the community because there is a lot of children and there [are] not a lot of activities for them to do and this lets them have fun on Halloween.”
A mother of a “trick or treater” at the event said that it was a great way for her kids to trick or treat in a safe environment. “I’d rather bring my kids here and know that they are safe and having fun than [take] them somewhere else.” She added that she appreciates the college putting on this event.
Clare Moots volunteered with the Newman Catholic Student Center through St. Helens Catholic Church. Her group set up decorations and a game. Moots said that with the days getting shorter, it can be scary to let your kids go out and knock on strangers’ doors in the dark. “Having this event provides a fun, safe, kid- and parent-friendly environment to trick-or-treat in. Also, games are provided too.” She added that the event brings everyone together.