Oct. 26 East Lansing hosted its annual Safe Halloween trick-or-treat event. Along with passing out candy, the event has blow-up obstacle courses, face painting and carnival games. The festivities, hosted by MSU Greeks as a philanthropy project, took place on M.A.C. Avenue.
“We’ve been doing Safe Halloween since I’ve been with the department and that’s about 20 years,” said Deputy Chief Steve Gonzales. “I’m sure it goes even further back than that.”
Jennifer Kramer of Haslett said Safe Halloween has become a Halloween tradition for her and her family.
“I’ve been coming to this for 15 years,” said Kramer. “It’s a good chance for the community to see everything the college students are doing. I’ve always loved living near a college town and Safe Halloween is a great way for the East Lansing residents and students from the university to interact with one another.”
Taylor Mackey, who is an ambassador for the Community Relations Coalition, said the event is good for community outreach.
“It’s a really direct way of trying to bridge the gap,” said Mackey. “We do a bunch of events to build a relationship between MSU and East Lansing because they act as two separate things but are so intertwined.”
“Students put it on. Residents come and participate in it,” said Abby Krause, who is also a Community Relations Coalition ambassador.
Katie Nichols with Impact Radio said it was the station’s first year participating in Safe Halloween.
“Something we’re focusing on as a marketing team is to not only get listeners internally on campus but also externally in Lansing,” said Nichols. “This is a great way to connect with the community and reach out to an audience that is off campus. And of course I love the kids.”