HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 28, 2016 – Residence halls on High Point University’s campus were filled with the sounds of childhood excitement on Oct. 27. Children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont got into the Halloween spirit with an afternoon of trick-or-treating.
Dressed as superheroes, princesses, witches and furry animals, children roamed the halls of HPU’s Women’s Complex knocking on doors. They were greeted by students dressed in their own costumes with bags full of candy.
The event was funded by the HPU Student Government Association and organized by residence hall staff members. The afternoon included face painting, snacks, crafting and time to play in the Women’s Complex courtyard.
Junior Mariana Pereira, president of HPU’s Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter, said she can tell this event is always a favorite for the children.
“This is definitely their most loved event because not only do they get a ton of candy, but there’s just so much going on,” said Pereira. “The decorations make it exciting and the volunteers love working it, so there’s a great energy.”
Seven-year-old Elijah King ran to his “Big Brother,” HPU senior Garin Tracy, showing him the bag he was given to collect candy.
“Elijah has been my little since I joined over a year ago, and he has really started to open up to me. For the last few weeks, he’s been talking about this day,” said Tracy, looking down at King. “He looks really excited right now.”
“This is a great community tradition that I’m excited to carry on,” said Nicole Garafola, resident director for the Women’s Complex. “It’s a day that brings a lot of joy to the kids and we love getting to see them interact and have fun.”