On-campus students at Eastern Illinois University will open their doors to area children to provide a fun and safe environment to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.
All activities are free of charge.
On Oct. 31, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council will host "Ghost, Greeks and Goblins" from 5 to 8 p.m. in Greek Court, EIU's on-campus fraternity and sorority housing complex. Each chapter will welcome trick-or-treaters at their individual houses, with fun and games being hosted by the entire EIU Greek community in the Delta Zeta chapter room. Scheduled activities include pumpkin painting and a mummy wrap (with toilet paper) for all children wishing to participate.
Greek Court is located on the southeast end of campus, just off Roosevelt Avenue.
Not to be outdone, some residence halls will open up their main lobbies to trick-or-treaters. Children will be welcomed in Taylor Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. and in Lawson Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween night. (Both halls are located just off Fourth Street, north of the Newman Catholic Center and south of EIU's Coleman Hall.)
Both halls will host activities, with the residents of Lawson Hall focusing efforts on showing children how to make paper pumpkins and cookie decorating.
Parents are asked to escort their children at all times, to wait for an EIU escort to assist them while in buildings, and to use a separate bag for candy collected in the residence halls, Greek Court and off-campus locations.