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Safe Halloween entertains kids

October 30, 2000

All the freaks came out at night for the fourth annual Safe Halloween on Friday.

The MSU greek system, along with the city of East Lansing and ASMSU, blocked off M.A.C. Avenue from Elizabeth Street to Burcham Drive from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to give area trick-or-treaters a safe environment to enjoy Halloween.

Smiling children flooded the street in search of one thing and one thing only - candy.

Josh Tudor, Interfraternity Council member and co-coordinator of the event, said roughly 1,000 kids came to trick or treat.

“Its been our most successful year hosting this event,” Tudor said. “It’s a safe environment for the kids and we had a large variety of activities for them to participate in.

“There was a little something for everyone.”

The activities included pumpkin painting, a ring toss, lollipop trees, face painting and a haystack candy search along with free candy corn, popcorn and balloons for all, he said.

“It’s been a great event and a great opportunity for the greek system and the community to interact,” Tudor said.

Rita Marsala, an East Lansing resident, brought her daughter, Natalie Ross, to do a little trick-or-treating.

Ross, who was dressed as a butterfly fairy princess, said she had a great time because she got just what she was looking for - a lot of candy.

The East Lansing Police Department helped with traffic control, answered questions and handed out free fingerprinting kits to parents for their children.

Larry Sparks, East Lansing police student alliance officer, said the event goes to show what a little working together can do.

“I think it’s great, anytime you can involve the community and the children it’s fantastic,” Sparks said.

“It’s a great example of how working together works,” he said.

Amy Schwartz, Panhellenic Council member and co-coordinator of the event, said it was a successful evening for everyone involved.

“I’ve had nothing but great feedback from all of the parents, children and students,” Schwartz said.

Haslett resident Richelle McFate said she didn’t mind driving to East Lansing for an event like this.

“The kids had a great time tonight,” McFate said. “All of the activities were so much fun for them, we’ll definitely be back next year.”

Her son, Delany McFate, knew what his favorite part of the event was.

“The tattoos!” he said, showing off two press-on tattoos on each hand.

Tiffany Finlan, Panhellenic Council president, said she was very pleased with how smoothly the evening went.

“The event went awesome, we couldn’t ask for better weather or a better turnout,” Finlan said. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s very enjoyable to see all the kids come out and have a great time.”

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