“Wow! Cool costume!” a helper at the sign-in desk exclaims, as a tiny Spiderman waddles up. “Are you excited for trick-or-treating?”
3 p.m. – Chaos and anticipation arose on Halloween afternoon, as local Milwaukee kids and their parents arrived for the annual Trick-or-Treating through Marquette’s residence halls.
Megan Janni, the Program Chair of the Residence Hall Association, said “Seven hundred sixty-one kids are registered to trick-or-treat, which is 100 more kids than last year!”
There were two times available for trick-or-treating: From 3:00- 4:30 p.m. kids could trick-ortreat through the west halls, or from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. kids could trick-ortreat through the east halls.
Leading the trick-or-treaters were Marquette students called “gHOSTs” (pronounced guh-host). One hundred ten gHOSTs signed up this year. For every group of nine kids there were 1-2 gHOSTs and one parent/chaperone.
4:30 p.m. – Like the silence before the storm, Cobeen Hall awaited its trick-ortreaters. Desk Receptionists sat cautiously on duty. Halloween decorations hung spookily in the halls. Girls sat patiently, waiting to distribute candy. Yet, the kids did not arrive until….
4:55 p.m. – The first trick-or-treaters arrived! The gHOST gave the DR their MU ID, allowing the entire group of anxious, costumed trick-or-treaters to enter the realms of candy-hander-outers. Yes, that’s the technical term. The journey through Cobeen Hall starts on the second floor and proceeds up to the eighth. Kids rushed through the open doors, and the chaperones reiterate “Only take one piece of candy each!” The ring of “trick-or-treat” and “thank-you!” was heard as the resident girls dropped assorted candies into the kids’ bags and complimented them on their costumes.
Third floor resident Camille Dihiansan said, “My favorite part about handing out candy is seeing all the kid’s costumes.”
5:25 p.m. – A half hour later, the trick-or-treaters arrived on the sixth floor. Kids were antsy and becoming less cautious with the decorations. Toilet paper streamers were caught on costumes and shoes, while spider-webs were snagged in hair and on masks. Also, a traffic jam occurred on the seventh floor (the cause: 2 baby carriages clogging the hall).
5:42 p.m. – Hooray! The trick-or-treaters reached the top floor. Candy bags have grown quite heavy. Some kids drag their bags on the ground, while some cradle their candy bags because of broken handles.
The gHOSTs made sure to emphasize the importance of sharing their candy with brothers and sisters, and also brushing their teeth to avoid cavities. Then the trick-or-treaters started their trek down the eight flights of stairs.
5:55 p.m. – A unanimous decision was made to take a bathroom break once the group reaches the second floor lounge. While the kids took turns, the chaperone informed the group that she had come trick-or-treating at Marquette with groups for the past 15-20 years.
“This year, there was a lot more candy!” she proclaimed.
6:05 p.m. – The fun did not end once trick-or-treating was over. Groups retreated back to the AMU basement for a Halloween party, where many of the residence halls had created fun activity booths for the kids. Mashuda made scary-face puppets, McCormick painted faces, and O’Donnell had toilet paper races. The party gave the kids room to celebrate a little more, provided closure to the Halloween festivities and allowed the gHOSTs and chaperone’s a chance to rest.
Elizabeth Burke, a gHOST, who stood at the after-party, clutched by little kids and holding two bags of candy, said “I love being a gHOST. I miss [little kids] at home. I love seeing how happy they get trick-or-treating.”