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Volunteers to help area kids scare up a good time

Dozens of pint-size trick-or-treaters will be flocking to two DU dorms this Halloween, collecting treats and threatening tricks.

The onslaught of costumed kids is the first in a series of programs aimed at teaching DU students the virtues of volunteerism. The Halloween event is to connect children in the community with DU.

The fun begins at Nelson Hall, where student volunteers will steer youngsters to Johnson-McFarlane residence hall and Hilltop Apartments. There, generous guys and ghouls will provide smiles, laughter and Halloween fare to whatever masked-marchers knock on their door.

The 2010 candy-is-dandy tour is for kids of any age.

“DU students can dress up and participate if they want,” says Megan Pendley Pickett, assistant director of Campus Activities. “I’m going to go as an assistant director.”

Other participants might try more familiar costumes, she says, noting that kids from nearby elementary schools will be participating in addition to kids from DU’s Ricks Center for Gifted Children and the Fisher Early Learning Center.

“This is the first year we’re doing this,” Pickett says. “We’re hoping for about 100 kids.”

The parade of candy-gatherers will swoop onto campus from 1–4 p.m. on Oct. 31 rain or shine. Kids should bring their own costumes and goodie bags. Parents are welcome.

For more information, e-mail or call coordinator Genevieve Sullivan in Campus Activities at 303-871-3111.

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