A great tradition Christopher Newport holds annually is its trick or treat event hosted by our Residence Hall Association. In every freshman residence hall, students are challenged to decorate to the best of their abilities in the hopes of winning the hall decoration competition. And on the last night of Halloweekend, they put the halls on display for local kids and parents.
In my hall, Potomac River Hall North, we started decorating and planning early. We talked about what sort of banners we’d like to put up and where we put them up. Eventually, we settled on some pumpkins and spooky door hangers, as well as a few Halloween and Christmas banners (we may have been a little preemptive with our Christmas decorations). CNU faculty and staff were invited to bring their kids to the event, as well as the Newport News community.
We gave out candy to the costumed trick-or-treaters as they strolled through the university halls. It was a great experience to see all of the kids’ smiling faces. We even had a Santa Claus to pose with if anyone felt particularly eager to get into the Christmas spirit. CNU isn’t only for students; the institution is very much a part of the Newport News community. Thanks to events like these, we’re able to interact with the local community directly and better immerse themselves into the town.