Trick-or-treating has left the neighborhood and hit the campus. The University of West Georgia’s (UWG) Department of Housing and Residence Life held their annual Safe Treat at the academic quad on Thursday, Oct. 29. The festival allowed all children in the Carrollton community from ages two to 12 to come to campus for games, prizes and lots of candy.
“The purpose of Safe Treat is to make the community aware of the various organizations on campus,” said Elizabeth Reese, vice president of the Resident Hall Association and Safe Treat chair. “This event also bridges the gap between the local community and the university by providing a safe environment for the local children to come and trick-or-treat.”
Over 60 UWG organizations set up booths that offered games, such as pin the “boo” on the ghost and pumpkin bowling. Organizations included the Anthropological Society, Pre-Nursing Student Association and several Greek fraternities and sororities.
A first for this year, the Safe Treat committee judged the organization tables for most decorative table, most creative activity and best overall table. The winners were Student Government Association, the Wesley Foundation and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, respectively.
“This years’ Safe Treat was an amazing success. We had over 500 children come out and participate,” said Reese. This is Reese’s second year of involvement with Safe Treat.
Wolfie also made an appearance, taking pictures with the costumed children and families.
The UWG Department of Art showcased pumpkins from its eighth annual Carve on the Quad that took place earlier the same day. Pumpkins were cut into unique jack-o-lanterns by students and judged prior to Safe Treat. The three winning pumpkins were placed on a table in front of the Humanities building, with their designated trophies beside them. The remaining pumpkins were placed along the steps of the Humanities building with candles inside.