Greek community tries to take the scare out of Halloween

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By Jess Todd
Entirely East Lansing

Halloween brings trick-or-treating, costumes and fun to East Lansing every year. But, the issue of safety is always at stake on this festive night with so many children roaming the streets.

The Michigan State University Greek community has taken matters into its own hands by hosting its annual event “Safe Halloween.” The event gives a new meaning to trick-or-treating and is a way for the fraternities and sororities of MSU to give back to the community in which they live.

“With Safe Halloween, we give residents a Halloween-themed block party while also donating to local charities,” said Kit Kuhne, director of Safe Halloween. “We can have these amazing impacts on the world around us by banding together and working towards a common goal,” Kuhne said.

Safe Halloween took place 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29 on M.A.C. Avenue between Burcham Street and Elizabeth Street. Each fraternity and sorority planned to dress up and hand out candy and offer a game or activity.

“Chapters are randomly paired together into a team, and they are assigned a table with a game,” said Kuhne. “Each table has a different game like bounce houses, face painting and photo booths. At the table, Greek-life members can hand out candy and interact with the children,” said Kuhne.

Even though Safe Halloween did not take place on Halloween, the MSU Greek community hoped for a good turnout. According to Shannon Bryers, liaison for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Safe Halloween, the event is about more than just giving out candy.

“Our goal is to provide a safe place for families and their kids to come enjoy,” said Bryers. “We live in a town where people grow up, and we want to interact with them with fun games and activities for every age,” Bryers said.

Other ways to stay safe on Halloween

With so many people walking around in Halloween, there are some safety precautions to keep in mind.

“Kids are excited and will dart into traffic,” said Scott Wriggelsworth, lieutenant for the East Lansing Police Department. “We recommend that parents escort their kids as best as possible and give them a flashlight or glow-stick to illuminate them because the costumes tend to be dark, and it can be dark outside.”

In addition to providing safety information, the East Lansing Police Department will also be more active on Halloween night.

“We control the neighborhoods a little more than usual (on Halloween) to make sure people are driving safely when children are crossing the street,” said Wriggelsworth.

According to Wriggelsworth, being aware of your surroundings on Halloween is important for everyone, but especially if you are behind the wheel of a car.

“During that trick-or-treating time period, (drivers) should just be so aware of everything,” said Kevin Mehigh, a resident of East Lansing and father of two. “A driver needs to be so conscious that there’s little children around,” Mehigh said.