|A Resident Advisor hands out candy during the 2012 UMD Haunted Halls.|
|Families from the community enjoy treats and fun during the 2012 UMD Haunted Halls.|
UMD’s Residence Halls will hold their 18th annual, family friendly, Haunted Halls, on Thurs. Oct. 31 from 5 pm to 7 pm. All families with children are invited to the UMD Residence Halls for a safe and fun Halloween.
The event offers many activities for children including: trick-or-treating, activities with prizes, crafts, and snacks. Tour guides will be available to help families navigate the Residence Halls. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and should check-in at the Lawrence A. Ianni Hall lobby (506 Niagara Court). Participants are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item or a dollar donation. Proceeds will go to the Damiano Center and the Northern Lakes Food Bank.
"UMD's Haunted Halls is a special event, in that it incorporates not only all of the residents and the Resident Advisors, but it is the only event that welcomes community members into the UMD Housing and Residence Life community," said Jenny Goodew, a Resident Advisor (RA)." One extremely beneficial aspect of this event is that it gives the community a safe and festive location to trick-or-treat while staying out of the cold weather. It also presents the opportunity to donate money and canned goods to a local charity."
UMD Haunted Halls began in 1995 when Pat Paulson, an RA, had an idea of having residents hand out candy to kids on Halloween. Paulson thought that the residence halls, with their enclosed hallways and concourse, would be a great place for kids to trick or treat.
“Over the years, the Haunted Halls has changed,” Scott Sherin, assistant director for the residence halls, said. “We moved away from being real scary and now use themes that are relevant to what five to eight year olds see on kid’s TV channels and in movies.”
Where to Park
There will be a free parking available in Maroon Lots W and V1 on Junction Avenue. Parking lot attendants will be available to give directions.
Driving south on College Street coming from Kenwood Ave: Turn left on to Junction Avenue and take the next left into Lot W. To access V1 continue on Junction Avenue go past baseball field on right and make a right and an immediate left into V1 lot. Watch for signs.
Driving north on College Street coming from Woodland Ave.: Turn right on to Junction Avenue, and take the next left into Lot W. To access V1 continue on Junction Avenue go past baseball field on right and make a right and an immediate left into V1 lot. Watch for signs.
|2012 Resident Advisors dressed up as Dr. Seuss characters.|
Written by Katarina Menze, October 2013