By Maurice Bolduc, Class of 2017, Bachelor of Science in Management and Delta Mu Delta President
The inaugural “WICK”ed Halloween event took place on Wednesday, October 6, in conjunction with Residential Life’s 19th Annual Trick-or-Treat. “WICK”ed Halloween, organized by the Business Honor Society Delta Mu Delta, brought together numerous organizations across campus for a night of festive Halloween fun with local children. Those organizations included the Buddy Up program, the NUCC Inspector General section, Norwich cross country, Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society), and the regimental staff. Each organization was responsible for organizing, supplying, and facilitating an event of their choosing.
After weeks of preparation the big day arrived. At 5:30 p.m. local families piled into Dalrymple Hall, the children dressed in their Halloween best and their parents still sporting attire from a long day at work. As soon as the children crossed the threshold into the dorms, they were greeted by an array of activities and, of course, tons of candy.
The eight different university organizations planned events so the kids could get their faces painted, decorate pumpkins and Halloween bags, and even play a round of musical chairs with the Cadet Colonel. After navigating their way through the first floor of activities, the kids and their families roamed the halls treat-or-treating from dorm to dorm. No tricks to be had on this night!
After filling their newly decorated bags with candy, the kids made their way downstairs to the main atrium where they were greeted by Delta Mu Delta members handing out apple cider and directing them to the next series of activities. Downstairs, the kids bobbed for apples, tried their luck at eating doughnuts off of a string with the inspector general, or relaxed with the cross country team while watching a Halloween movie. After a fun, sugar-filled night, the students had no problem handing the kids back to their parents, who were anxiously anticipating the sugar crash to come.
Delta Mu Delta funded the activities up front and will backfill the cost through fundraising as well as fundraising for future similar activities. The organization hopes to make the Halloween activities an annual event. There are also plans in the works for a winter-themed event for local children.