Costumes were encouraged and residents did not take the suggestion lightly! I wore a homemade Skittles costume, and almost every kid that passed by vocally identified me. One group of residents dressed as all of the Disney princesses.
Beginning at 6 PM, children and their parents began spilling into the Exhibition Hall, where residents stood at tables and around the perimeter handing out candy. Halloween presents the opportunity for children to dress up as whatever they want; and there was certainly a variety of costumes! The most popular costumes appeared to be Queen Elsa from Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and the classic Scream.
However, there were some very original ideas! One little girl dressed as Michael Jackson, even sporting a sparkly silver glove. When asked if she had any dance moves, she handed off her candy basket to her mom and proceeded to moonwalk. Another little boy was dressed as Harry Potter. When asked if he knew any spells, he responded “expecto patronum!”
Even some parents chose to dress for the occasion. When asked how she found out about the Ball State trick-or-treating, one mom said, “I found out from someone I work with.”
Upperclassmen who participated last year were stunned at the huge turnout. The kids seemed to be having fun, and who wouldn’t be leaving DeHority with a bag full of candy?