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Greek or Treat!

UNCG Greek organizations offer a safe Halloween experience for children

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, November 5, 2010

Updated: Friday, November 5, 2010 15:11

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UNC Greensboro’s greek population provided a fun and safe environment with their annual Greek Treats event in the Cone Ballroom. On October 27, Fraternities and Sororities provided games, fun and candy for children, parents and students alike.

From pumpkin painting, to putt-putt to the always classic “Lucky Ducky” game, the Greek organizations went all out to make sure each child had a fun time. Also, children could decorate their own Trick-Or-Treat bags at the entrance. One of the most popular booths was pumpkin painting, where kids chose a small pumpkin and then painted it however they wished. They could then allow their pumpkins to dry on display for everyone to see. Many children also enjoyed one Greek member dressed as Gumby, a childhood favorite of many, and many took pictures with the Green giant.

However, beyond the fun of the night, there was also a charity aspect. Upon entrance, family members could donate canned food that would be donated to the Greensboro Urban Ministry.  This part of the night was an addition by faculty member Joseph Dix, says Greek Life Director Samantha McGinty. Aside from the canned food addition, McGinty says this was the first year that food was provided, which consisted of Halloween themed treats like cupcakes and cookies. McGinty said that she was “excited to give back to the community.”

Despite the rain and nasty weather, Greek Treats had a huge turnout, much better than the year before. “We had more people in the first five minutes then we did last year,” said Hannah Harris, who greeted visitors at the door as a member of the Starship Enterprise. She said that this year they really tried to reach out to the commuter and adult student population, and also targeted faculty and staff. The latter paid off in a big way as many professors and other staff from the University arrived to take their children trick-or-treating .

Throughout the evening, people of all ages from parents and children to students of UNCG came to the Cone Ballroom in order to have a good time. The fun was obvious from the smiling faces of the little firemen, witches, angles, princesses and Iron Mans, but also in the thoughts of others. One student remarked, “This is cute. This is nice,” and then continued into the crowd of people to check out the rest of the Ballroom. It is safe to say that Greek Treats was an overwhelming success.

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