Halloween for most means trick or treating, costumes and haunted houses. But to Members of Manna and Students for Peace and Justice (SPJ) it means going out into the community and trick or treating for food donations for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo.
“We like to involve the community more than just focusing on Wartburg,” said Ellie Schwarz, Manna President. This was the first year that Manna took part in the event and SPJ has done it the past six years. Last year the Fellowship of Christian Athletes did the trick or treat.
“Going out to the community is a lot of fun, people are surprised to see college students trick or treating, but after we tell them what we are doing they’re usually generous,” Schwarz said. “And college students tend to want to eat the food rather than donate it.”
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SPJ President Shea Krueger led the groups, giving the participants their assigned areas of Waverly to cover before they took off at 5:15 Wednesday night.
“We follow the general trick or treat rules set by Waverly which means we will start at 5:15 and go until trick or treating ends at 7:30, to be polite” Krueger said.
Student Life held a pumpkin contest last week in the bookstore. Students could enter pumpkins that they carved in the contest Monday and Tuesday. Pumpkins were judged on Halloween on creativity, use of resources and Wartburg spirit.
The creativity winner was Sara Spevacek and Alex Mehman’s “Save the Orange.” In use of resources the winner was Kaitlyn Ketelson’s “Damsel in Distress.” And in Wartburg spirit it was Michaela Long’s “Knight in Shining Armor.”
KWAR 89.9 FM got into the season early on Oct. 25, participating in Waverly’s Jack O’ Lantern Night along Bremer Avenue. They joined many other Cedar Valley businesses handing out candy to kids.
“It was really fun to go out in the community and get involved,” Station Manager Brandon Hosch said. KWAR played classic Halloween songs like “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
“Myself and another staff member went out there and other than the cold it was a blast,” said Hosch. He said that doing the Jack O’ Lantern Night brought a lot of attention from the community and alumni.
“We had an alum comment that we are running our station exactly like a for-profit radio station and a lot of ‘good job guys,’” Hosch said.