Trick-or-treating in college?

While some Seattle Pacific students are happy to relive their childhood by donning costumes and lining up for free candy, some Queen Anne residents aren’t thrilled.

With a slouching economy, some cash-strapped college students see trick-or-treating as a good way to score some free sweets.

“You get free candy; it’s a broke college student’s dream,” sophomore Lena Chang said.

Homeowners in Queen Anne say they are seeing an increase in the amount of college students appearing at their front door on Halloween.

“We used to get only one or two groups of college kids the whole [Halloween] night” said Katie Haug, a Queen Anne resident. “Now I’m seeing as many of them [college students] as I do children.”

Not all homeowners are thrilled to see college students at their door step. Ashley Rose is one of those frustrated homeowners.

“Come on, guys; we’re broke too. We buy the candy for little kids,” Rose said.

Miranda Bolden, an SPU junior, recalled how her friends were treated last Halloween. “My friends got glared at, and some people said they’d call the cops,” Bolden said. “That’s why I’d rather party, I just don’t want to deal with grumpy people.”

Homeowners are not the only ones voicing their concern. Parents of young children are also frustrated with the increase in college students out trick-or-treating on Halloween.

“Last year, an older college-aged person pushed aside my three-year-old and knocked her down,” said Connie Baker, mother of three.

Baker explained that her child is apprehensive about going out this year because of last year’s incident.

“She said to me ‘mommy, I don’t want to go [trick-or-treating] if the scary big kids are going’,” Baker said, adding that she didn’t know if the person was from SPU.

But not every homeowner is upset about college students trick-or-treating.

“I don’t mind if they want to get candy,” said Amanda Halverson, a resident of Ballard. “If I don’t have enough candy, I just politely explain to them that I only have enough for the kids; most are understanding.”

And some parents are happy to see college students out on Halloween.

“SPU students are always so kind to my kids; they help them up steps and let them get their candy first,” said Deonn Hunt, a mother of two.

Hunt explained how a student once offered her son candy after his was ruined.

“My son tripped, and his bag fell in a mud puddle on your [SPU’s] campus; he was sobbing [because] his candy was ruined,” Hunt said. “Then a student came up and handed my son a pillow case full of candy.”

But not every college student has to stress over trick-or-treating etiquette this Halloween—there are other age-suitable options.

“I’m going to be 21, so I’ll probably be hitting up a party and maybe a bar,” Bolden said.

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Title: Trick-or-treating in college? | Author: KENDRA VANN-SJOGREN | Section: News | Published Date: 2012-10-31 | Internal ID: 8380