Doheny Campus to Host Annual Community Halloween Event
As part of an 18-year tradition to provide a safe alternative for families to trick-or-treat, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) is opening its campus to the community on October 31 for its annual Halloween Haunted Campus. More than 5,000 families from surrounding neighborhoods are expected to attend this community night of Halloween fun at MSMU's downtown Doheny Campus.
To help draw thousands of local families, MSMU is aiming to give away 13,000 pounds of candy to Halloween trick-or-treaters. The candy is donated each year by faculty, staff and students as well as the community. "We started this event years ago because we wanted to create a safe haven for families in this community to enjoy Halloween," says Maria Lyons, director of Commuter Services and community liaison for MSMU. "With life being so challenging in today's times, this event is an especially great way for families to come together and celebrate life."
With security assistance from the Los Angeles Police Department, local families will spend a night of safe trick-or-treating at 100-year-old mansions along historic Chester Place, one of Los Angeles' first gated and most exclusive communities dating back to the early 1900s. [Chester Place became the Doheny Campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in 1962.]
In addition to trick-or-treating, children and adults are invited to participate in costume and dance contests. The Halloween Haunted Campus event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 31 at MSMU's Doheny campus, located at 10 Chester Place near downtown Los Angeles.