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10/16/03 - Reinhardt Invites Community Trick-or-Treaters to Main Campus for Halloween

Halloween Trick-or-Treat for the community

Local school children and their parents are invited to Reinhardt College's annual community Trick-or-Treat from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, 2003. During the event, visitors tour through the specially decorated residence halls, collecting candy and making memories along the way.

The annual event is a fun way for the Reinhardt students to give back to the local community, said Kim J. Gamel, Reinhardt's assistant dean of students and director of residence life. The event also provides a safe place for families to trick or treat, regardless of the weather.

"After the students have come up with the themes, decorations and costumes, the icing on the cake is seeing the kids' reactions," Gamel said.  "This year the tour goes through 12 specially decorated halls in three resident halls. Almost all the themes are kid-friendly, things like Candy Land, Fire Department, Fairy Tale Land, Wizard of Oz, and Beach, but a couple are on the scarier side for the bigger kids."

Marsha White, executive director of marketing and communications at Reinhardt, has participated in the event for the past several years."It's so much fun to see the students and the small children together. Both have a great time. Plus, the kids like it because they can get a lot of candy fast," White said.

The tour begins with maps, cotton candy and roasted peanuts in the lobby of Smith Johnston Hall (the large dorm to the right of the front entrance of the College) on the College's main campus in Waleska, Ga. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for pictures on the halls or with well-known cartoon characters like Blue from Blues Clues, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Buzz Lightyear.

A big crowd attends each year, so Reinhardt public safety personnel will be on hand to help with parking and traffic flow.

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