Mount Continues Tradition of Haunted Campus
Oct. 31, 2010 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University gave away a mountain of candy to thousands of local children and their families at the College's Halloween Haunted Campus on Oct. 31. The festive community event has been held for the past two decades to provide downtown Los Angeles families with a safe venue to trick-or-treat.
More than 8,000 neighborhood residents arrived to trick-or-treat at the historic century-old mansions along Chester Place on the Mount's Doheny Campus. The Los Angeles Police Department provided security assistance at the event to ensure that families enjoy a safe Halloween. Mount staff greeted trick-or-treaters with candy throughout the event-packed campus, which was adorned with Halloween-themed decorations. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who represents the downtown Los Angeles area, made a special appearance at the event.
Maria Lyons, director of commuter services and community liaison for the College, has organized the Halloween Haunted Campus for the past 21 years. She's passionate about the event because of the positive impact it makes on nearby residents. "The smiles on the faces of the children and their parents are so gratifying to us," says Lyons. "It's rewarding to see what joy this event brings to everyone who participates."
In addition to trick-or-treating, children and adults participated in costume and dance contests. The candy is donated each year by Mount faculty, staff, students, community partners, and local residents and businesses.