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MU Monster Mash offers safe, fun trick-or-treating

Monster MashManchester University’s annual Monster Mash will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The event welcomes children and their families to an exciting and fun night of trick-or-treating at Garver Hall, East Hall, Oakwood Hall and the new Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center.

It is free and open to all community children. 

One of the changes for this year comes at East Hall, which has traditionally focused on a “wing wars” decorating competition. This year, you can expect a kid-friendly haunted theme.

The Intercultural Center will host “Halloween around the World” from 6-8 p.m. in the Toyota Round. 
Trick-or-treating and displays at East, Oakwood, the Intercultural Center and the first floor of Garver will be suitable for young children.

There will also be face painting, caramel apples and popcorn.

The upper floors at Haunted Garver are likely too scary for little ones.

“Monster Mash gives kids a safe environment to trick-or-treat in and allows them to celebrate Halloween and to have fun doing it,” said student Jamie Soposky, who coordinates communications for the Residence Hall Association and is Garver committee leader for this event. “It also is a great way for the campus and the community to interact. It's just an easy way for Manchester to give back to the community that surrounds it.”

“My favorite part of Monster Mash is seeing the kids come and enjoy themselves. For me, Halloween has always been a time to look like a goofball and get lots of candy, and to be able to see kids come to Manchester and do exactly that is so heartwarming,” Soposky said. “I am so excited for Monster Mash this year because it is going to be done in a completely new way for the community, and I get to be part of creating it!”

Kendal Whitford, president of the Residence Hall Association, is also excited for this year’s Monster Mash. “It was so fun to see all the children and parents enjoy our event in the past and I only hope to make it better this year!”

Trick or treating for the Town of North Manchester is 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Manchester University students volunteer at the Haunted Police Station. To volunteer, email CSO@manchester.edu and put “Haunted Police Station” in the subject line.

About Manchester

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., is a northeast Indiana leader in health science education. It offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

Press release prepared by Jennifer Wagner, student intern in the Office of Strategic Communications.

October 2018