February 27, 2021

UTK Trunk or Treat brings safe Halloween fun for all ages

United Residence Hall Council and other student organizations came together to provide a fun and safe way for children to come trick or treat.

The University of Tennessee United Residence Hall Council and National Residence Hall Honorary hosted their annual Trunk or Treat took place Wednesday Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Circle Park. The goal of the event was to bring the community together for some safe Halloween fun.

There were numerous activities for the children to take part in such as face painting, pumpkin painting and a cake walk. There were 25 decorated trunks full of candy at the event ranging from Finding Nemo and Minion themed to ghost and spider themed. Additionally, plenty of Halloween refreshments were provided such as candy apples, cotton candy, chips, cookies, popcorn and drinks.

Organizations including multiple Residence Hall Associations, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Student Political Alliance, National Residence Hall Honorary, Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity and many more were represented at Trunk or Treat.

“My favorite part about Trunk or Treat is seeing kids from around Knoxville come together for a night of fun and community building,” said Dylan Roberts, President of National Residence Hall Honorary and Resident Assitant in Fred D. Brown Hall. He spoke about his passion for putting this event on and seeing what impact it makes on everyone who participates. He then said, “I also love seeing the different UT organizations come together to build that sense of community on campus.”

The University of Tennessee Police Department also made an appearance at the event, along with the Knoxville Fire Department who passed out candy on the big, red fire trunk.

Miles Basehart, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Leadership, spoke about his contribution with putting this event on while celebrating his daughter’s first Halloween. He summed up Trunk or Treat by saying, “We do this event every year because we want a safe environment for the children of Knoxville to be able to come to around Halloween. We want to engage the UT community by letting any organization be a part of this, as well. The turn out gets better and better every year.”

You can learn more about the URHC and NRHH organizations on their websites.

Featured Image by Jada Blackwell

Edited by Katy Hill

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