November 1, 2010
College students hand out Halloween fun
Witches, ghouls, fairy tale characters and superheroes turned out Saturday for treats, storytelling and games hosted by members of SUNY Cortland’s Education Club.
This Halloween marked the 19th year club members have sponsored the event, which draws dozens of local children and their families for some early Halloween fun.
Sporting costumes themselves, club members helped the children pin the nose on the jack-o’-lantern, color masks out of paper plates, and at one table mummified them with toilet paper.
Typically held the Saturday before Halloween in O’Heron Newman Hall near the college campus, the event has likely proven successful over the years from talk around town as a safe Halloween activity, said Kara Silverman, the club’s president.
“It’s always fun for the kids,” she said. “It’s fun, it’s safe, they (parents) know where it is.”
Clutching a sword in hand, 5-year-old Mitchell Riter said the best thing he loved about his Capt. Jack Sparrow costume were his dreadlocks. His face sported some blood makeup for added effect.
“He wanted more blood on the costume, he doesn’t know who Capt. Jack Sparrow is, just that’s he’s a pirate,” his mother, Jenna Riter, said.
Sparrow is a lead character in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series, played by actor Johnny Depp.
Costumed as Superman, Josh Henderson, 6, performed well at pinning the nose on a jack-o’-lantern. After he finished, one parent joked he was cheating with his X-ray vision.
At one table, Education Club member Alyssa Tretter asked kids to reach into a bucket and guess what body part they were touching, whether brains or eyeballs. Kids smiled as they felt around to try to name the innards, which were in reality various foods like spaghetti for brains.
Not only was it a fun activity in a Halloween party, but the game also teaches kids something about the senses, Tretter said.
“They like to feel the different materials, it’s using their imaginations,” Tretter said.
Julianne Lykos, co-president of the Education Club, said the club’s Halloween activities draw nearly 100 children each year and is one of the bigger fall events for the club.
“It was to give kids a safe place for Halloween,” she said.
The event usually features the same activities, but as a new addition to this year, the club raised money for a toy drive that will be held later this year.
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