The Auburn University Bookstore in the Haley Center is ready for some
trick-or-treating. Chances are if you visited the bookstore on
Thursday, October 28 between 4:00 and 5:15 p.m. you saw a lot of little
goblins running around.
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The bookstore hosted its annual Halloween party for the children of faculty and graduate students on Thursday afternoon. Margaret Hendricks plans the party every year and this year she is especially excited about the turnout. "We have games for the children to play and its just a fun time for everyone to dress up and act silly," said Hendricks.
Games, crafts, candy, refreshments, and trick-or-treating are all a part of the annual party that gives children an alternative to trick-or-treating door-to-door. "Sometimes sending your children out into the neighborhood can be a little scary so this is a fun and safe way for my children to enjoy Halloween," said Martha Ingles, a graduate student and mom to 4-year-old Anne and 6-year-old Stephen.
The Staff at the Bookstore were dressed up and ready to play with the children. Lauren, one staff member was a flight attendant while others were construction workers and witches.
"The fun atmosphere here is what really makes Auburn a great place," said Ingles. "I would have never thought when I chose Auburn as a place to go to graduate school that it would also provide me with activities to entertain my children and also allow them to be a part of a campus I've grown to love."
Hendricks will also be reading scary ghost stories to the children before she sends them off to six different stations for them to trick-or-treat between. After that, they will head up to the quad where there is more trick-or-treating awaiting them.
Hendricks has been doing this for at least fives years and she says it makes you feel good to make the children happy. "It's a feel good service thing we do for the children," said Hendricks. The crowd continues to grow every year and as long as they come, Hendricks will be there in her black witch's hat waiting to spread some Halloween cheer.