Trick or Treaters Come to Bridgewater College

Children Come to Trick-or-Treat in the Dorms on Campus

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  • Daleville residents dressed up to give out candy to children.

    Photo by Sidney Beck

  • Bridgewater students were stationed in the KCC lobby to hand out candy to children

    Photo by Sidney Beck

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Sidney Beck, Staff Writer

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Bridgewater, Va.- On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the college opened up its campus to local children to trick-or-treat in the dorms. Students dressed up in costumes to hand out the candy they purchased for the children. 

This is an annual event at the college and has slowly grown each year. This year had the largest group of children by far with, according to Suzanne Mullins, Director of Residential and Community Life at Bridgewater College, 498 participants. 

The trick or treaters received a map from the KCC lobby to begin trick or treating. The map contained all of the rooms that had signed up to hand out candy to the children. They came to the residence halls at 6:30 p.m. Some of the college staff members had their young children trick-or-treating through the dorms. One parent of a trick-or-treater at Blue Ridge talked about how it was their first year coming to the trick or treating at Bridgewater College, she commented on how nice it was that the students dressed up and handed out candy to the children.

Towards the end of the evening, students were running out of candy to give to the children. Trick-or-treating lasted until 9:30 p.m. and there was a large attendance of children. Some students ended up going back into their rooms, or simply putting out signs saying they had no more candy left to give out. 

Students signing up for the trick-or-treaters could opt out for allergan-safe options, such as fruit snacks or other items to give to children, they just had to clear them with residential life. Students were not permitted to handout any homemade items to children; they had to be store bought for safety reasons.  Also, the college enforced a strict dress code for students wearing costumes on campus for safety reasons. The rules included not wearing masks, advertising any sort of illegal activity or wearing any sort of offensive language. 

Students living in the Crimson, Village, Cottages or the Towers had to set up tables in the KCC lobby to hand out candy to children. All main dorm buildings were open to families to trick-or-treat in.