On Halloween, the residents of Odell’s transformed the usually charming complex into a festive Transylvanian village, which was then infiltrated by hoards of candy-crazed children. There were pirates, princesses, Smurfs, and mythical creatures of all kinds running from one unit to another as they scavenged for goodies to add to bags that were already brimming with candy. This, of course, was Odell’s annual Trick-or-Treat event, organized by the village’s resident assistants (RAs), in collaboration with the Office of Residential Education.
Participation was high this year, with 100 community members trick-or-treating and more than 22 units involved in the event. President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan also shared in the festivities. Students decorated their porches with glowing pumpkins and orange twinkle lights, dressed in costumes and welcomed trick-or-treaters to ring their doorbells for a treat. Odell’s RA Jess McCue ’12 created a graveyard outside her unit while Frank Valenti ’12 played Halloween music by his residence.
HWS staff, students and faculty members and Geneva residents were invited to bring their families for a ghoulishly great time on Halloween night, in a safe environment for the children. In addition to the candy being given out by the units themselves, organizers set up a booth that provided doughnut holes and apple juice.