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UTM Housing brings Halloween fun to several local kids

Treats, toys, costumes highlight festival

Students attending Martin Elementary and Martin Primary schools were invited by UTM Housing to participate in the organization’s annual Halloween festival, held on campus Halloween night from 6-9 p.m.

The festival began in the lobby of Cooper Hall, where children enjoyed Halloween treats, toys, novelties and games. Children and parents were then appointed by UTM Housing staff to Cooper Hall and University Village apartments, where residents passed out candy and other goodies to the local trick-or-treaters.

“UTM Housing has a long history of giving back to the community,” says Ryan Martin, UTM Assistant Director for Residence Life. “At this time of year especially; we find it most appropriate to provide a safety zone, as well as a good time for kids in the community.”

After trick-or-treating, children followed a trail of Halloween balloons to Ellington Hall where they enjoyed a costume contest and caramel apples. Ellington Hall also set up a photo booth for the kids and parents. Photos will be emailed to the children’s parents beginning Wednesday, November 1.

Students stopped last at Browning Hall to enjoy Halloween cookies and music. Browning staff also assisted the children in decorating their own personal pumpkins.

“It was very exciting to see all the children dressed up and enjoying themselves,” says G-2 Resident Assistant for Browning Hall, Alicia Jackson. “It was equally enjoyable to see the residents and staff dressed in costume and the dorm lobbies so nicely decorated. I really think the adults had more fun with this than the kids!” added Jackson.

UTM Housing directors, resident assistants and residents alike are accredited with organizing the 2006 Halloween festival. Decorations, candy, novelties, toys and food were bought with UTM Housing funds and prepared by the housing staff. Martin Elementary and Martin Primary school students and their parents enjoyed the festival free of charge.

Martin says the event has been successful for almost 20 years and keeps growing every year. According to Martin, approximately 200 local children participated in this year’s festival.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to serve the city of Martin,” said Martin. “We thank the parents for bringing their children to the UTM Housing Halloween festival. And we thank everyone who participated in making this season’s event a success.”

Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s UTM Housing Halloween Party that is sure to be another successful year of bringing happiness to UTM and local children.