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Happy Halloween

Posted: 10/31/2007

Halloween 2007 at Skidmore combines an assortment of traditional and new activities – and plenty of treats for all.

New this year was a pumpkin-carving party with hot apple cider and cider donuts for participants in the International Friendship Families Program, hosted by the Office of Student Academic Services. The program was launched last spring to give Skidmore students from outside the U.S. a local contact in the community and to help ease the transition of living in an unfamiliar country. This year there are 37 international students and 36 families. The students are from 28 different countries, including Egypt, Sierra Leone, Romania, Swaziland, India, Turkey, Hungary, Guatemala, Angola, Tibet, and Iraq.

The party took place Oct. 28 in the Spa, an on-campus restaurant.

Another weekend activity was the traditional “trick or treat” in Scribner and North Woods villages. Skidmore students residing in the apartments have long hosted the event for children of faculty and staff who work at the College. The students typically decorate their apartments and wear costumes to hand out treats to their costumed visitors. Community coordinators in the Office of Residential Life helped student apartment-dwellers to coordinate and publicize the event.

Visits from little ghosts and goblins, assorted princesses and pint-sized super heroes are a highlight of Halloween itself, as children in the Skidmore Preschool (a program of the College’s Early Childhood Center) and the Greenberg Child Care Center (the on-campus day care center) visit academic and department offices throughout the day to stock up on treats. The costumed visitors paused for photos with Skidmore student aide Emma Dill ’09 while visiting Dana Science Center on Halloween morning.

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