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Halloween spirit extends to community service

By Judy Mullaney
On November 3, 2005

Simmons Community Outreach (SCO) filled the Simmons campus with Halloween spirit this past weekend with the 11th Annual Safe Halloween Party. Children involved in the America Reads and America Counts programs marched around Simmons taking part in a variety of fun Halloween activities.

The Safe Halloween Party brings all the best aspects of the holiday to children in a controlled environment, free from the dangers to children trick-or-treating in the Boston area.

"The first SCO meeting of the year we begin planning; we get a Halloween coordinator. This year, as well as last year it was Whitney Kemp," Shayna Nadeau, vice president of SCO said. SCO devotes a great deal of time to this event.

"Fortunately, we do not need to fundraise for this event because all the funding comes from the Scott/Ross Center provided by Alumnae of Simmons," Nadeau said.

SCO members were not alone in creating this Halloween extravaganza. Many Simmons students volunteered their time as well.
"I love to dress up and I love to see all the children enjoy a safe Halloween," Meghan Stewart, a Simmons junior, said of what motivated her to take part.

Stewart was a member of the Stewart was a member of the rowdy pirate gang that helped scare the children as they walked through Quadside, which was transformed into a haunted house. The atmosphere in Quadside was creepy with dim lighting, dead leaves crumbling underfoot, and chilling music.

"For the youngest kids the haunted house may have been too scary, but all the kids who were seven and older really seemed to like it," Stewart said.

The first group of children only made a few tentative steps along the path into the haunted house before they all took off running for an escape from the frightening demon mask ahead and the aggressive hollering coming from the pirate cave.

The pack of little screamers was led by a young girl tripping over her floor length, lacey princess costume as she scurried up the stairs.
"When I went in the haunted house I was screaming and screaming, I loved it!" said Cameron Framcete, a six-year-old participant of America Reads.

Alumnae Hall was also given a Halloween makeover, with tables set up with candy and activities. A monstrous blow up Frankenstein looming over partygoers set the mood.

"The pi¤ata was a little scary; the kids were loaded with candy so blindfolding them and handing them a bat was somewhat frightening but, hey they had fun!" said Jenny Dolan, a Simmons junior and America Reads tutor.

Both the children who came to the party and the adults who ran it were with giddy excitement of a candy buzz, getting spooked and dressing up.

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