Safe Halloween brings students and citizens together

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Halloween can be a hectic time for East Lansing with Michigan State students and children from suburban East Lansing both helping make the city come alive this time of year. But these two groups do not normally mingle unless there is an event like Safe Halloween.

mapimageSafe Halloween is an annual event that has been going on for more than 20 years, hosted by MSU Greek Life. This year Safe Halloween is on Oct. 27. MAC Avenue will be closed from Elizabeth Street to Burcham Drive to host the event from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Along with the candy, there will be activities for children.

“There will be a DJ playing music while trick-or-treaters can choose to bounce in the moonwalk, tour an East Lansing fire truck, or carouse the other activities put on by our sponsors,” said Giana Carli, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Safe Halloween’s main message is to help build the community in East Lansing between off-campus students and the residents. It shows that fraternities and sororities do not always cause problems to the community by partying

“It’s important to interact with the younger community,” said Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department. “It makes sure for a safe Halloween, brings people downtown, and helps make a safe community. If it’s anything to build the community like handing out candy to little kids instead of throwing a party, we’re all for it.”

All money made during the event will be donated, Carli said that all money will be going to the non-profit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“Additionally, a member of from the Greek community was actually a patient of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital while she was undergoing cancer treatment,” said Carli.

Although C.S. Mott is located in Ann Arbor, Mich. they also have a pediatric cardiology center located in neighboring Lansing.

“While the members of Greek Life are students at Michigan State, we are also all residents of the East Lansing Community,” said Carli. “This is where we learn, grow and live, whether it be for four years or our whole lives.”

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