2,000 children attend 40th annual Colby Halloween


The 40th annual Colby Halloween took place Tuesday with close to 2,000 individuals, including children and their family members, coming to trick-or-treat up and down the hallways of Colby Hall at no charge.

Bianca Newton, the hall director of Colby Hall, said that since the first Colby Halloween, the event has become a cherished annual tradition for the university and local community. In her first year as the hall director at Colby Hall, Newton said that her strategy for this year was to start early, pay attention to detail, recruit more volunteers and buy extra candy. 

All 355 Colby Hall residents were required to participate, class interference being the only exception, Newton said. Each room handed out an average of 800 pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters.

Newton said that trick-or-treating was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., but Colby’s doors were opened 30 minutes early when the line to get in began to stretch to Foster Hall. More than 150 people had already lined up by that point, Ellie Smotherman, Colby Hall's assistant hall director said.

“The line was much longer than I had anticipated,” Newton said. “But everyone who has worked this event before expected large crowds, and we came prepared.”

The 12 wings of Colby Hall each had a unique theme, including Peter Pan, Finding Nemo, The Jungle Book, Candy Land, outer-space and one "scary" wing.

Milton-Daniel Hall Director Varselles Cummings, who volunteered for the event, said that tours would last about 20 minutes and get children through three to four wings.

The decorations weren't the only attraction at Colby Halloween. The first-floor commons area of Colby was set up for children to play games, color Halloween-themed pictures and get their photographs taken. Popcorn machines and a bounce house were also set up outside.