October 12, 2010 — The University of Virginia will host its annual "Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn" on Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.
U.Va.'s trick-or-treating tradition, initiated in the late 1980s by students, is open to all local community members. Children are invited to wear their costumes and take part in trick-or-treating at each of the 54 Lawn rooms. Candy is donated and distributed by more than 70 student groups and other organizations, including the U.Va. Women's Club.
The event is hosted by the Lawn residents and receives additional support from the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Newcomb Hall.
Allergen-free treats will be available for children and students with severe allergies in Room 1 West, said Lawn Head Resident Shannon Sullivan, a fourth-year College of Arts & Sciences student.
In addition to trick-or-treating, Sullivan said, families will have the opportunity to enjoy other activities, such as pumpkin decorating on the South Lawn hosted by the University Programs Council. The Trick-or-Treat Festival in the McIntire Amphitheater will also feature a mix of small recreational activities, competitions and performances by U.Va. student groups in an effort to raise funds for UNICEF's work for children around the world.
Free parking for families attending the event will be available in the lots at Scott Stadium and University Hall and in the garage on Culbreth Road. Other open public spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid hourly parking will be available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street.
The Lawn community expects hundreds of children to participate in the festivities and encourages University students to attend, too.
"The Lawn residents are so excited to welcome everyone to this one-of-a-kind event," Sullivan said. "This is my favorite U.Va. tradition."
For information, contact Shannon Sullivan at 434-297-8058 or at email@example.com.