By Naomi Stuart
October 25th was a beautiful, sunny day on Greek row, and many families and members of Greek life gathered together for activities and treats. The 50 degree weather made it an ideal day to be outside in costumes, and the event was packed with kids running around and having fun.
FSL’s Trick or Treat on the Row is a yearly event that they put on for Harrisonburg families to come for some early trick or treating as well as other fun activities that celebrate the fall and Halloween spirit. The event had tables lining the row with arts and crafts, candy, lemonade, and fruit punch. Each table had many members of their organizations helping with the activities and with handing out treats, interacting with and talking to all of the kids and their parents.
“This really ties the community and the school together,” said Bryanna Lorenz, a sophomore political science major and member of one of the attending sororities, who was at the event for her second year in a row. “Sometimes you forget how many people live in Harrisonburg, other than just the college students that you’re always around.”
The parents were able to enjoy the event as well, as it was in a contained space where it was easy to watch the kids and make sure they weren’t running off.
“This has been our fifth year coming,” explained Lauren Heberling, one of the many parents at the event. “It’s very contained and the students do such a great job.”
Those working the trick or treating also brought some things of their own to make the event even better. Some students had dressed up themselves with animal ear headbands and wigs, others even wearing full animal onesies.
“They’re so welcoming! You feel like they want to be here,” added another parent, Kristen Shreckhise.
The students really did get to interact a lot with the kids, as many of them were sitting on the ground to hand out candy and talking to each child about their creative costumes as they came up to the table. To add to all of this almost every organization had one or two members who had brought their dogs along. Both the parents and children were having so much fun getting to play with all of the dogs at the event, and it gave yet another opportunity for the students to talk more with the kids and parents.
“Seeing all the kids running around is really cute,” said Jeff Samdit, an undeclared freshman and member of one of the participating fraternities. “I think the event really shows that Greek life is an endearing community and the good things that it can contribute to JMU.”
The trick or treating was all in all a big success, and families can look forward to it next year as it is an annual FSL event that is always free to all!